The grass roots revolution is here

by Mystical Mike

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Jamie Lawrence Academy 4 – UKFF 3

An extremely proud and historic day for UK Football Finder occurred on Saturday 3rd September 2011. At one of the oldest senior clubs in the country, Colliers Wood FC, a new  era began as  members from UK Football Finder came together to form a side to compete against the Jamie Lawrence Football Academy – the academy of an ex Premier and International footballer. The UKFF side had literally never met before until 90 mins before kick off. Having been put through their paces by Site Owner and FA qualified Coach Darren Irving and managed by Ewemade Orobator  (who used the site to discover players for his side including Abdul Razak who went on to play for Man City in the Premiership ) the scratch trial side were professional in all but name.

You could not tell this was a team that had met just minutes before but you could tell it was a team that was serious, focussed and determined to give a shot at pushing their professional aspirations to the next level in front of the watching scouts and supporters.

In a blistering match which saw a very composed UKFF side take the lead on 15 minutes, with a well-taken goal by Alexander Akosile. JLA soon equalized, before taking a 2-1 lead. However, UKFF dug deep as Ransford Davies-King made it 2-2 just before the break.

The second half was always going to be about fitness, but it was evident for everyone to see both sides were evenly matched in every department.

JLA made it 3-2 on 55 minutes before a defensive mix gave Artur Stella the chance to equalize for a second time, he took his chance with aplomb.

With 2 minutes to go UKFF look to have pulled off a sensational result, until JLA scored a devastating fourth to make it 4-3. Akosile had a superb chance to make 4-4 but was unable to convert.

A narrow 4-3 defeat but the match was a credit to UKFF, its concepts, its belief and its ability to offer the opportunity to make life changing impacts on any player that uses it.  But above all else, the players were an absolute credit to themselves and a delight to work with.

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  • Shaun

    It was a good match, looking forward to seeing what other events / trails you hold in the future.

  • Rans

    Loved it, loved it, it was a great look, well organised and delivered.. Just looking for some feedback on personal performance and perhaps clubs to tap up for start of January season, many thanks

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