Two Sheffield junior sides made it through to the Annual Flags Festival at Rochdale, the pinnacle of the junior lacrosse calendar for the North of England.
In a heavily rain affected Plate Final at Rochdale the Sheffield Steelers U16s beat Manchester Wacs 6-5 to be crowned Best of the Rest!
Steelers Phil Johnson scored the only goal of a very cagey first quarter following a penetrative run by Jack Daffern.
The second quarter saw the Steelers rush into a 3-0 lead with Johnson’s second and an individual goal on the run by Jack Daffern. Wacs however finished the half strongly, pegging back the Steelers with a double st5rike as Steelers led 3-2 at half-time.
The third quarter saw Wacs go ahead with a further two goals but Johnson completed his hat-trick as the quarter finished 4-4.
Sheffield started the final quarter slowly and promptly conceded a long range shot. End-to-end action ensued, but with eight minutes remaining, attacker and Steelers’ top goal scorer Jamie Chambers unleashed an unstoppable shot to tie the match.
Both teams then came closel, until three minutes from full time when Johnson picked up a loose ball near the Steelers goal, and went on a lung-busting sprint, drawing the opponents’ defenders before picking out unmarked Attacker Max Wood to score.
In the remaining minutes the Steelers’ self belief and determination - with splendid defensive play by Tor Borrowdale, Josh Godfrey, Luke Green and Keeper Kishan Jivan who held strong with last ditch tackles and blocks - combined to complete a thoroughly deserved win.
Scorers: Phil Johnson (14) 3, Jack Daffern (44) 1, Jamie Chambers (71) 1, Max Wood (56) 1. Assists: Jack Daffern (44) 2, Matt Howorth (17) 1.
Commiserations go to the U14 squad who, after an incredibly successful season, lost to Timperley in the Cup Final. Sheffield went three goals down early in the first quarter but reduced the gap and remained close to their rivals, until midi and face off specialist Oliver Beaumont sustained a shoulder injury which put him out of action early in the third quarter. Sheffield struggled to keep Timperley’s strong attack at bay in the second half, and Timperley went on to winning the Centurion Cup 12-6. But the teamcan be proud to beone of the top two teams in the country.