Pictures from the 8-6 win over Helsby Hillside.
Pictures from the 2-1 win over Helsby Hillside.
The Y5/6 boys’ football team put in a valiant performance at Pensby High School on Friday night but it wasn’t quite enough to see them progress to the semi-finals of the Tranmere Rovers Schools’ Tournament. There was some excellent teamwork and the quality of the football was impressive. A little bit of luck and a lick of paint made all the difference.
The eleven teams who had qualified for the tournament were split into three groups and Our Lady Star of the Sea were placed in Group C with The Priory, from Birkenhead, and St. John’s, from Bebington. The top team in each group and the best runner up overall were to go through to the finals. Group C match summaries are below.
Our Lady Star of the Sea 0 – 2 Priory
In the first game of the evening, Our Lady Star of the Sea had the majority of the possession and spent most of the game in the opposition’s half. Neat passing and probing were causing the opponents in blue to do a lot of defending but the yellows were unable to threaten The Priory’s goal. Two sucker punches from The Priory’s only two shots on goal (and probably their only two excursions into the Our Lady Star of the Sea half!) were to prove the difference.
Our Lady Star of the Sea 0 – 0 St. John’s
The boys from Capenhurst Lane were back on straight after their first game and had to play against a fresher St. John’s team. The opposition’s freshness made no difference, however, as the Our Lady’s team were again in the ascendency. There was a more direct approach employed in this game and a couple of near misses from George and Dylan were followed up by a thunderbolt from Harry which hit the post. The St. John’s goalkeeper also made an excellent save when one-on-one with Dylan. Unfortunately, that was to be as close as Our Lady’s were to get to scoring but a useful draw kept the boys in contention for the next round.
Our Lady Star of the Sea 1-0 The Priory
After The Priory beat St. John’s to go top of the table, Our Lady Star of the Sea knew that they had to win their next game to stay in the tournament. Playing against a team that had already beaten them 2-0, the yellows knew they were up against it. However, a steely determination and brave defending kept the Priory team at bay this time. Composed passing and patient build up play once again saw Our Lady’s create good chances to take the lead. The boys were finally rewarded with two minutes to go when a neat passing move involving Harry and Ethan was finished off with aplomb by Dylan, who fired a rocket of a shot into the bottom right hand corner of the goal to send the travelling fans into raptures. Hard work from Wesley, James and Harvey stifled The Priory’s attacks and the boys in yellow hung on for a much-deserved win.
Our Lady Star of the Sea 0-0 St. John’s
The final match of the group stages was to prove crucial. Before the game, all three teams could still win the group. Our Lady’s knew that if they were to go through as group winners, they needed to win this game. They went mightily close to doing so but in a tense game, into which the boys put an enormous amount of effort, both goalkeepers remained unbeaten. Patrick kept his third clean sheet of the evening and the defence held firm once more but the team from Ellesmere Port were unable to get that much sought after goal and consequently went out of the tournament.
There were plenty of ‘if only’s’ from the evening but, overall, it was a great performance from the team and we were left to rue the old adage that in tournament football, fine margins make the difference. Teachers and parents were proud of the boys’ efforts and the boys were fine representatives of our school. How shattered they were walking off was testament to their considerable exertions.
Well done to all of the boys who took part. Thank you to all of the parents who came along to support.
On Friday night, the football team played their first competitive tournament of the year. There were 3 mini leagues being played on the night, with each league containing four teams. The winner of each league qualified for the finals on the 14th November. It pleases me to inform you that the team qualified for the finals, winning their first game 3-0, their second game 1-0 and they drew their final game 0-0. Well done to all involved!