Leeds Schools’ Under-11s’ (pictured above and right) annual tour to the West Midlands ended in more success as a late goal by Cassidy Hanakin ensured an aggregate draw with Birmingham City Schools select squad and a share of the inaugural Bernard Day Memorial trophy.
The tour kicked off on Hallowe’en at Wednesfield High School with friendly games against Solihull and Wolverhampton for the touring Leeds A and B squads.
Leeds B were beaten 4-1 by Wolves with Ross Allison the solitary Leeds scorer but Leeds A scared off Solihull 5-1. Dylan Youmbi netted a hat-trick. Josh Stones and Cassidy Hanakin also scored.
A tougher taste awaited against Birmingham the next day which began with a rousing minute’s applause in honour of the late Bernard Day in recognition of his massive contribution to Birmingham primary schools football community.
Leeds B fell to a 3-1 defeat in the first encounter but the solitary strike from Ross Allison would prove vital.
Because Leeds A saved the best until last with a 4-2 success in their encounter, achieved through two strikes from Cole Roberts plus a goal each from Josh Stones and Cassidy Hanakin. That made the score 5-5 on aggregate as the inaugural Bernard Day Memorial Trophy was fittingly shared.
Leeds City Boys Under-13s enjoyed a 2-0 success at Bradford Schools/Bradford Academy Under-13s. After a goalless first half, Luke Owen followed up Charlie Webb’s effort which hit the post to give the Whites the lead.
After Harry Carney and Lewis Branton had gone close, another blocked Webb effort fell to Owen who bagged his and Leeds’ second.
Leeds also drew an Academy match with Bradford 0-0. Strong tackling from Jack Twyford and some good saves from Callum Oddy helped secure Leeds the draw they deserved.