Under grey skies on Sunday morning, it was a pleasure for SAC to host two junior teams from Le Vésinet before the adult match between the two clubs on the main pitch.
And what a fine spectacle of junior soccer it was. With the rain miraculously staying away, both matches were played in the best of spirits.
On the first junior football pitch, the determined under-8 SAC team soundly defeated their opponents 7-1. As the eager crowd of parents hugged the sidelines, braving the cold in their mittens and boots, SAC started the scoring early with a thunderous kick from 10 yards away by Alexander followed by 2 more goals assisted by the agile midfielder Augustin. Though the players from Le Vésinet tried to find cracks in the impenetrable SAC defence led by the mighty duo, Aurélien and Mischa, they were outmatched on this wonderfully muddy Sunday morning. Le Vésinet tried to mount a comeback in the final minutes, but SAC goalie Jules made several incredible saves, greeted by roars of approval from the cheering SAC parents, surely heard seven counties away.
Meanwhile, on the second pitch, the under-11 team also set a cracking pace, racing to a 5-0 lead at halftime. Fed by Alexander C. and Rhys in midfield, the team’s goal-scoring strike force of Auguste, Jasper and Alexandre M. kept the visitors pinned down in their own half. Goalkeeper Luc was barely troubled. The second half started in the same vein, with SAC scoring twice. With an age difference favouring SAC, Luc swapped a red shirt for blue and then helped lead a Vésinet counter attack. Three goals came in quick succession, but thereafter, sterling defence from Eliot and Samuel, dogged play from Ervan, and more fine teamwork from the rest of the players shut the opposition out. Final score 8-3 for SAC.
Children and parents alike are looking forward to a return match. A big thanks to Jean-Noël for organising the children’s games.