Year 6 football runners-up!
Report by coach Andy Larmour:
It was an absolute pleasure to bring the year six football team to the Vernon Griffin Memorial tournament, hosted by Withycombe school, who did an excellent job on a very sunny afternoon.
Our philosophy was to play with positivity, with every squad player playing in every match, focusing on teamwork and having as much fun as possible.
The squad understood that after nine months of training, this would be their last opportunity to represent the school together.
The tournament was split into two leagues, with each team playing everyone in their league in series of 7 minute games. The top two from each league then progressed to a semi-final and possible final.
St Peter’s started very strongly against Littleham with a combination of fast flowing football and clinical finishing resulting in a 4-0 win with goals from Ollie Cornish, Elliot, Elijah and long range effort from Otto deflecting in off a defender.
The second game at The Beacon continued in a similar vein with some excellent combinations resulting in a 2-0 win with a well taken goal from Will and a strike into the top corner from team captain Jack.
Brixington B proved a sterner test in the third match, but St Peters once again came out the victors thanks to team work, a goal from Otto, a confidently struck penalty from Shay and an athletic save from goal keeper Ollie Cornish.
Hosts Withycombe A were very strong in the final group match, and with an early goal they managed to hang on for an 1-0 win. St Peter’s first defeat.
After an anxious wait, it was announced that with three wins and one loss, St Peters had won their group and would face Brixington A in their semi-final. Brixington were the only side to beat St Peters in all their matches this year, so the players knew this would be a tough test.
The semi-final was the most exciting 0-0 those watching had witnessed, with chances for both sides and all ten of the St Peter’s squad contributing throughout the match.
The 0-0 result meant the semi-final would be decided on penalties. 3 per team initially followed by sudden death!
What happened next was my most rewarding moment of the last nine months coaching, watching a true team of players with arms round each other’s shoulders encouraging and cheering each other on throughout the penalty shoot out was brilliant.
Shay and Jack fearlessly converted their penalties meaning it was 2-2 after the initial three penalties, with Mawgan doing a great job for St Peter’s in goal.
One by one the St Peter’s player stepped up for the sudden death, whilst their team mates cheered them on. We did not miss one penalty in the sudden death with Otto, Ollie Cornish and Will all converting to send St Peters into the final. The celebrations were joyous and very loud!
One more game in the final, was just beyond the team with St Joseph’s getting off to a very strong start with an early 2-0 lead. Once again every player in the squad played, and they fought to the very last second, a superb volley into the corner from Ollie Cornish brought the score back to 2-1, before the 7 minutes was up and St Joseph’s finished as worthy winners of the superb tournament. Congratulations to them.
The players did St Peter’s and themselves proud, with excellent football, incredible determination and belief and phenomenal teamwork throughout, which made their coach very proud indeed.
Congratulations to all 10 players Ollie Cornish, Jack, Shay, Will, Otto, Elijah, Elliot, Ollie Crook and Ted. It has been a pleasure to coach you.
We finish the season unbeaten at home, winning every game by a large margin and finalists in the biggest local school tournament. Well done to all 16 players who have trained and played for the school team throughout the season.
A BIG THANK YOU TO COACH LARMS – great work!