Darton College Represent Barnsley FC in U13 tournament

Boys and girls from Darton College competed on behalf of Barnsley Football Club at an EFL U13 futsal tournament yesterday.

The boys and girls, like with Darton’s U15 team’s a week earlier, travelled to York and faced off against other professional clubs for a place in the national finals.

Like in last week’s U15 competition, the tournament used a round-robin format with the top four teams progressing into the semi-finals.

The boys’ tournament was made up of teams representing Doncaster Rovers, Hartlepool United, Huddersfield Town, Hull City and Sunderland.

The same teams were present in the girls competition alongside the additions of Middlesbrough, Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday.

Unfortunately, after the U15 boys were knocked out at the semi-final stage seven days prior, Darton College were left with unwanted déjà vu a week on.

They qualified for the final four in second place with 10 points, beating Doncaster 4-1, Huddersfield 4-0 and Hartlepool 2-1 alongside picking up a point against Sunderland.

However, it was the Black Cats who were to be their victors in the semi-final, holding on for a 2-1 victory.

The girls, who suffered an injury blow to their first choice ‘keeper during the warm-up, were extremely unlucky not to pick up a couple of wins.

They ended up on the wrong side of three tight scorelines, losing 2-1 on two occasions before their final game, against Hartlepool, was decided 1-0 by a late winner.

Darton College teacher Michael Wade was extremely proud of both teams once again after his school represented Barnsley FC again, despite the boys missing out on the final for the second week running.

He said: “I feel exactly the same as how I did last week in that, I think the lads have performed fantastically well. I don’t think they were out-played in any way. We’ve played really well to get to the semi-final. Unfortunately, we’ve come up a bit short in the semi-final to a good Sunderland side. But again, it’s a shame to miss out on the national finals and I’m gutted again.

“The girls lost their goalkeeper to injury early on but their attitude still didn’t deteriorate. Their attitude was spot on throughout for them to be positive and play the way they did. There was three very tight games and some amazing goals. They can keep their heads held high and can go onto the next tournament with a positive attitude.

“It’s been amazing for us to have two days and to represent the town and Barnsley Football Club the way they have. We’ve done them really proud, everyone has seen the football that we’ve played and in the spirit that we’ve played. We’ve represented Barnsley FC really well and I couldn’t be prouder of them boys and girls.”

To read how the Darton College U15 teams got on in last week’s tournament, please click HERE.