Alleyne’s Academy 0 – 4 King Edward VI High School
Last week a team of Year 10s travelled to Stone, to play Alleyne’s Academy in the Quarter Final of the District Football competition. They went into the game without having played a game in the competition having had a bye in the first round and had to face a side that knocked out the defending champions in the previous round.
The game started lively with both teams having good amounts of possession and good chances on goal, with some rocky defending from both sides in the early minutes. But as the King Edward’s defence solidified, the Alleyne’s defence crumbled under the pressure of good possession from the Eddie’s attacking force and elegant passing moves that eventually broke through the defence and gave Joshua Wilson the chance to break the deadlock, which he did with finesse and style.
The game carried on in the same style with the Eddie’s midfield dominating possession and constantly putting pressure on the opposing defence and goalkeeper. This carried on for a lengthy spell until, once again, the ball fell to Joshua Wilson who finished easily. The half-time whistle blew shortly after and gave the Stone team a chance to regroup and gather themselves.
At the beginning of the second half, Alleyne’s went on the offensive and started to build the pressure on the Eddie’s defence, creating chances with good movement in the attacking half. With resilient defending from Mathew Winnington and Callum Hope and good stops from Jordan Talbot, Stone were prevented from grabbing a goal back.
As the Eddie’s midfield started to get more of a foothold in the second half they started to create better chances with Joshua Wilson having many chances to complete his hat-trick before coming off, being replaced by Harry Glover. The third goal came soon after with a brilliant lob-through ball that gave Charlie Clayton the chance to run on to it before dinking the ball over the on-rushing goalkeeper.
The heads of the Alleyne’s team started to drop and this gave the Eddie’s attacking force the chance to score the goal of the game. With a brilliant run down the right by Charlie Clayton before neatly cutting the ball in to Joe Shanley, who spun around a mesmerized defender before squaring the ball for Harry Glover to finish off.
With this win, the Eddie’s team moves into the semi-final with good momentum as they try to replicate their last years in this tournament by getting to the final. But hopefully they will go one better and finally lift the trophy after being denied twice in the last two years in the final.
By Jordan Talbot Y10
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