[K]eswick have been crowned champions of the J and J Graham Penrith & District I16s League, undefeated in the League, and with one game to spare. This is no mean feat for Keswick, in a league that includes teams from two of the county’s bigger footballing clubs, Penrith AFC and Workington Reds.
Keswick’s triumph came after a 0-6 away win over Castletown Rovers at Frenchfield, with Keswick only needing one point to win the League, but the visitors came with the firm intention of taking all three. Rovers started brightly, putting Keswick under pressure, which stopped the visitors from getting into their rhythm, but Castletown didn’t make the most of their early efforts, and as expected Keswick soon began to take charge, and began to string some nice passes together, and it was Bradley Edmonds who opened the scoring for Keswick when he finessed a left footed shot into the top left hand corner of the net.
The momentum was with Keswick now, and Rovers couldn’t cope with the slick passing from Keswick’s stand in centre half Josh Hilton, and the tight passing game headed up by Olly Dodson and George Frampton, and Keswick’s soon got their second goal from the in form Barry Loan, who scored a well taken goal to increase the visitors lead, and Keswick were now cruising towards the League title. Keswick got their third goal from Dylan Cooper, who was on hand at the back post to increase Keswick’s lead to three, and Keswick made it four by half time when full back Sam Page, having opened his scoring tally for the team only last week, scored his second goal in two weeks, smashing the ball from distance with a shot that the Castletown ‘keeper just couldn’t keep out.
The second half started with Keswick continuing with their good rhythm with a really quick passing game, with ‘keeper Josh Trafford setting up Hilton who would fire accurate passes forwards, and Rovers struggled to cope. Next up Edmonds gathered the ball and took on a couple of Castletown town players and was brought down in the box – penalty. Keswick ‘keeper Trafford ran from his box to take the spot kick, and with goalie on goalie, Trafford gave the Rovers ‘keeper ‘the eyes’ and sent him the wrong way, and slotted into the bottom right corner. Keswick weren’t finished yet and when the Rovers ‘keeper passed the ball to a defender who miss controlled the ball, Cooper was again on hand to nab the ball and go round the ‘keeper and casually strike the ball into an empty net for his second and Keswick’s sixth. In the dying minutes Castletown finally got a shot on target, but nothing to trouble Trafford who jumped and held on to the ball. The final whistle went and Keswick had won the J and J Graham U16s League title.
Keswick need to avoid defeat to Penrith AFC in the final game of the season to stay unbeaten. The Man of the Match was Keswick’s skipper Josh Hilton, but a special mention must go to the whole team, manager Mike Frampton, and today’s brilliant individual performances from Olly Dodson, George Frampton, Dylan McCade, and everyone on the Keswick team.
Keswick have a tough Semi Final in the Ted Nanson Cup away against Penrith AFC Blues coming up this Tuesday, and the final of the Tommy Hall Trophy against Workington Reds Juniors at Frenchfield Park Stadium on Sunday May 7th.