U15s team report by Jordan Talbot Y10
On Wednesday 30th April, the Year 10 boys’ football team took part in the semi-final of the District Cup. They faced a Walton High School team who beat them in the final just two years before, but went into the game on the back of a win against the reigning champions.
Walton, the team playing away, started quickly from the kick off and got in and behind the back of the Eddies’ back line numerous times. But with great defensive pressure from Callum Hope and Mathew Winnington, the Walton attackers never got a shot on target. After a few close calls, the Eddies’ players managed to get a foothold in the game and started to dictate the play.
The Eddies’ midfield and front line started to build pressure on the Walton defence, whilst the Eddies’ one stood tall. When the midfield picked the ball up in the middle of the park, the Walton back line was starting to look weary, and the Eddies’ forwards took advantage with a swift cross field play which dragged everybody across but left space for Charlie Clayton to finish into the right hand side of the goal.
Next it was the turn of Joshua Wilson to get on to the score sheet with a fine finish from just inside the box to the left hand corner after a neat bit of play from the Eddies’ front line.
At 2-0 down, the Walton team tried desperately to get back into the game, and they were starting to show signs of frustration when their moves were resulting in nothing, until from a short corner, they grabbed one back. From a short corner that wasn’t spotted earlier enough, the ball came in and the header was fired towards the goal, goalkeeper Jordan Talbot made a great initial save, but only for the ball to fall to the Walton striker who had an easy tap in. The half time whistle went soon afterwards.
Straight after the break, Eddies’ regained their two goal cushion with a wonderful strike from Joshua Wilson, his second of the match, after a long ball over the top from keeper Jordan Talbot. The goal followed from an attack from the Walton frontline which petered out into the arms of the goalkeeper.
Soon after, Wilson finished his hat-trick with another strike following an over the top ball which the Walton defenders could not handle. With the wind swirling, the ball of the top bisected the defenders and left Wilson to straight drag race for the ball against the defender. Wilson just reached the ball first and stroked the ball past the keeper.
At 4-1 down, again the Walton team looked defeated, as from the kick off they played directly forward, play speculative balls, which rebounded off players, until the ball fell to the Walton striker, who took a speculative shot, which should have been a simple save by keeper Jordan Talbot. But during a compete howler, the ball rolled through the keepers’ legs and into the goal!
Final score: 4-2 to King Edward’s.
PE teacher and football coach, Mr. Warrilow, congratulated the team for their amazing performance. In other sports news, the U12 team beat Christ Church Academy 4-3, the U13s defeated Walton Priory Middle School 3-1 and the U16s crushed Alleyne’s Academy with a 1-0 win.
Acting Headteacher, Mr. Christey, said “The incredible performance by our talented players means that 4 out of our 5 teams will be competing in the finals next week. This is a tremendous achievement for our school and for the boys. Well done to all of the teams for their efforts, I am sure all staff, students and parents join me in wishing you all the best of luck for next week.”
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