Having been treated to a fantastic first match the pressure was on both teams to make it a double helping of beautiful Grand Champions Football and they did not disappoint at all.
Both teams had impressive seasons and personally having watched both teams a few times this season I was confident that both teams would go for it with football played in the right way.
Newport again got off to the better start and through some really good passing play forced some early chances before Tipton started to match them and force the Newport keeper into some impressive saves some of them at point blank range. After 20 minutes you would probably have said that Tipton were edging it but then Newport forced a period of sustained pressure and scored impressively from the head of Nathan Doe (who must remember not to take his shirt off after scoring - but I guess he was happy).
Tipton didn't compile an unbeaten record in the league though without reason and they upped their game and the first half finished with both teams playing at full pace and it was tiring just to watch. The heat did mean though that substitutes were going to be important.
The second half surely couldn't be played at the same pace - but if anything it was faster whilst still being played the right way with the ball zipping around on the deck. That is what I love about Junior Premier League football - no long ball play!!!
The score at half time was 1-0 to Newport.
Tipton found a way back into the game and goals from Romario Reid (2) and Liam Robinson secured a 3-1 win for Tipton and ensured that the unbeaten season was completed on a high. Tipton played very well in the second half and pressured all over the pitch.
Man of the match for this game was difficult to choose as there were so many great candidates but it was Alex Siviter who stood out that little bit more than the rest and was instrumental in everything Tipton did.
Congratulations go to both Newport and Tipton though - as both are Champions of their divisions - the North and South conferences in the Under 15 age groups.
Another nice fact to come from the games - only 1 yellow card and no reds! The yellow was for taking a shirt off after scoring so no cards were given for bad challenges or dissent - more proof that the Respect Campaign is working. Thank you to all of the players and the managers & coaches for working so hard on playing the game in the right spirit.
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