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St Stephen’s footballers magnanimous in defeat. - 4 February 2016

On Thursday 4th February, our fantastic boy’s football team took part in the Westminster Primary Schools Football Tournament at Paddington Recreation Ground.

Despite some loud vocal encouragement from Mr Kwame and Miss Playle, we started the tournament nervously, but overcame our fears to hold the team from King Solomon’s to a 0-0 draw. A number of chances were missed during the game and we were understandably disappointed, however we didn’t dwell on this. A superb performance was produced in the second match where we faced Essendine and we emerged victorious with a comfortable 2-0 victory.

St Luke’s were our opponents in the third match. Spurred on by the previous result, we racked up three goals in a game which saw plenty of slick passing, dogged defending and sublime goalkeeping, resulting in a 3-0 win.

Next up were Millbank Academy, a team who we had been watching closely, as they included a couple of impressive attacking players amongst their squad. The match proved to be tougher than our previous encounters, a bit discouraging in terms of performance and discipline and this was reflected in a 4-0 defeat.  The end of the game was followed by some confusion as to whether we were through to the quarter finals…had we done enough to progress? After some deliberation by match officials we received the good news.. we were through!

As the tension had now been ramped up a notch, the game against St Joseph’s proved to be more of a challenge than we were hoping for. A score line of 0-0 at full time meant we had to face the dreaded penalty shoot out… All of us were willing to take a penalty and did our utmost to make sure we got the ball in the back of the net. Unfortunately, on this occasion we were out of luck, losing 3-2. We showed true professionalism and sportsmanship by pushing our heartbreak aside to congratulate the winners with a hand shake and kind words.

Below are some memories of our day.

 

Getting ready to leave school.

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