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DACA side off to a flyer

The Darwen Aldridge Football Academy side kicked off their season on Wednesday with a thumping victory over Ormskirk Sixth Form College.

Now their season is underway, news and reports will regularly feature on here and in the match day programme to keep supporters up to date on the partnership between DACA and Chorley FC.

Thanks to Chris Worthington, Academy Director for the following match report.

Ormskirk Sixth Form 0
Darwen Aldridge Football Academy 9 (nine)

English Schools FA Cup Round 1

Darwen Aldridge Football Academy made light work of Ormskirk in the 1st Round of the English Schools FA Cup.

It was a nervous start from the boys in their first appearance for the Football Academy and Ormskirk almost scored with their first attack.

On 10 minutes, Pedro Montiero delivered an accurate free kick into the penalty area where Danny Sumner rose highest to head home from 12 yards out.  Unfortunately the referee adjudged Danny to be offside and this seemed to spark a reaction in the team.

The midfield was very busy with both teams playing 3-5-2 and the boys worked hard to get the ball out wide at every opportunity.  Connor Gaul terrorised the full back throughout the whole of the first half but the final ball was still lacking.

On the stroke of half time the deadlock was broken by Mason Ralph.  This was the goal of the game, Mason found a pocket of space in between the midfield and defence, turned and fired the ball into the top corner from 35 yards.  The goal was what we needed, immediately from the kick off Darwen where on the attack again and in injury time defender Joe Jones scrambled the ball home.

Three changes were made at half time as the team switched to a more attacking 3-4-3.

Daniel Rutherford scored with his first touch and led wave after wave of attack.  The goals kept coming with a brace for Rutherford as well as Captain, Luke Holden and Liam Grimshaw.  Danny Sumner and Scott Stringfellow chipped in with the other two goals to cap off an outstanding second half.

The defence and goalkeeper remained in full concentration throughout and any attack was dealt with.

Man of the Match could have gone to any of the 14 players, but Luke 'Kenny' McKenna was outstanding throughout. 

There will be far more difficult opposition this season and there is still a lot to work on, but nothing more could have been asked of the boys. 

The next game is against Oldham College (away) on the 26th September followed by Clitheroe Grammar (home) on the 3rd October (Blacksnape Playing Fields, Darwen).  All kick off times are 2pm.

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