Balls to Borders Football Tournament

12179775_10206692287039427_1884393984_nLast Saturday we cobbled together a five-aside team to play in and show solidarity for the Balls to Borders football tournament in Leeds.

After losing our first game 1-0 to Aleppo Wanderers we expected to play our remaining 2 group games, get knocked out, have a pint and head home. But Joe Wren (playing the Lee Cattermole role) had other ideas. Ceasing on a mistake/dodgy reffing he pinched the ball from a Moving North player and with the narrowest of angles he finessed it into the far corner. Who knew Cattermole’s right peg could be so cultured. Unfortunately shambolic team defending combined with the attacking prowess of Moving North lead us to concede a late equaliser.

Going into the final group game against Ghost Faced Villa (aka Ste’s pals from Sunderland), YSP needed the unimaginable- a win by two whole bloody goals. However, we came up against one of the most brutally unlucky teams we have ever faced. With the scores level at 1-1 a Ghost Faced Villa player from the Futureheads scored an own goal so horrific it ended up breaking the keeper’s leg. With a large stoppage in play to allow medical attention and for the opposition to bring on an Adam Lallana look-a-like in goal, YSP re-grouped to push for the 3rd goal. The corridor of uncertainty eventually came up trumps when the same player hit his own onion bag for the second time to put YSP through to the QF.

Despite some heroic efforts, particularly at the back, YSP were on the end of a 2-0 defeat in the quarter finals. However, all was not lost as our good mates from Suma ended up going to win the incredible handmade trophy that YSP will be getting their mitts on in 2016. So congratulations to the team and manager Gary.

Right then, the serious bit…

Balls to Borders was organised as a fundraiser to show solidarity with refugees and asylum seekers in Calais. The organiser, Sophie, absolutely nailed the entire day with a well organised schedule, an incredible/huge raffle and great food. Most importantly the organisation and motivation enabled the tournament to raise approximately £1500 for refugee solidarity causes which will have a massive effect on the lives and well-being of people who have fallen victim to border controls. Of this £1500, £490 has been donated to PAFRAS which is a charity in Leeds that has helped the vast majority of our regular players. We can only say a huge thank you to the organisers for letting us play a part in such a great day and thank you for helping a charity so close to our football team.

Finally, props to our bezzies from Mount Pleasant Park FC and Republica for playing too.

See you at Balls to Borders 2016!

Team sheet

Chris Webster (GK)

Joe Wren

Abd (c)

Ferhad

Ali

Mohammed