Double celebrations for Dunmow Rhodes Lions U11s and U17s

Dunmow Rhodes Lions U11s

Dunmow Rhodes Lions U11s - Credit: Archant

Dunmow Rhodes FC were celebrating on Saturday for two reasons.

Back row left to right: JP. Alexander,Reece Cottrell, Zak Jagathesan,Sam Hockley, Adam Griggs, Georg

Back row left to right: JP. Alexander,Reece Cottrell, Zak Jagathesan,Sam Hockley, Adam Griggs, George Watkins, Luke Johnson.Front Row L to R. Lewis Roe, Sam Duberry, Ben Fisher, Christian Roles, Dominic Roles, Austin Hodge. Two players were missing due to work or cricket, Joey Reed & Ted Pearson. - Credit: Archant

The Lions U17s held their end of season presentation while the Lions U11s won their first summer tournament.

In the delightful setting of their home ground in High Easter the U17s celebrated the past season.

This season’s awards went to: Players’ Player of the Year - Reece Cottrell; Parents’ Player of the Year - Lewis Roe; Manager and Coaches’ Player of the Year - Ted Pearson; Press Officer’s Player of the Year - Lewis Roe.

This coming season, which starts in a couple of months, will see the team move up to the U18 league.

All of the squad are staying together and they will still play home matches at High Easter.

The Lions U11 won the Mayland Village football festival where eight teams contested the right to be champions in seven 10 minute games.

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This was the Lions first competitive tournament so expectations were mixed.

All eight teams would play each-other with the two top teams battling it out for the trophy.

The day started well with a 1-0 win for the Lions in their first game, but this was quickly followed by a defeat and a draw.

The boys had to dig deep on a very hot day to ensure they reached the final.

With a remarkable five wins on the bounce they managed to finish second in the league behind Great Bradfords who won all of their seven group games and beat The Lions 2-0 earlier in the competition.

A lot of teams would not have looked forward to a final against such a strong side, but The Lions are made of strong stuff.

They managed to show the resolve required to put in a great last effort.

The game finished 0-0 after extra time and was decided on penalties.

Dunmow keeper Charlie Bretman, the Lions Players’ and Parents’ Player of the Year managed to save three of the five penalties with his side converting three of their own to bring the trophy back to Dunmow.