The Boys’ Year 10 football team reached the District Cup finals in June, continuing the school’s impressive sporting streak.
The King Edward VI team faced an equally strong Walton High School team in the final who just had the cutting edge. The Walton team opened the scoring with a long ball over the top that was finished superbly by the opposing striker just out of the reach of the Eddies’ goalkeeper.
The second goal came shortly after; it came after a prolonged period of attack by the Walton front line that were threatening to break through. This prolonged attack finally resulted in a corner, which was taken short, surprising the Eddies’ defence and dragging them out. The following cross evaded everyone in the box and nestled into the corner at the front post. Perhaps the goalkeeper, Jordan Talbot, could have done better as the cross was quite weak but was not helped by the sticky pool of water that was present in the goalmouth.
Just before the break, the Eddies’ frontline starting to grab a foothold in the game but was constantly denied by great defending from the Walton midfield and defence. The half time whistle blew at 2-0.
After the break, the Eddies’ team carried on as they left off and soon managed to grab a goal back through the boot of Josh Wilson. The Eddies’ team then carried on pushing and created an amazing chance to level it when a cross same in to leave Joe Shanley free at the back post to just nod it in, but all he could do was head it just wide of the post.
After that it all went down hill for the Eddies’ team as the Walton frontline went looking for more after the close scare and soon came up with the goods as they bagged another two goals in quick succession to take a steaming 4-1 lead. Now it was just damage limitation for the Year 10 team after the Walton team came at them again and again looking for a fifth. It looked like it would stay at the same score until only a few minutes from time, after a great double save from the keeper, the Walton striker poked home for the fifth and final goal.
The final whistle blew to the sounds of sheer jubilation from the Walton team and fans, contrasted with sour disappointment from the Eddies’ team.
Headteacher, Mr Christey, congratulated the boys’ team on reaching the District Cup finals. “The school, its staff and its students, are rightly proud of the boys’ performance. To reach the finals of the District Cup is no easy thing, they deserve our congratulations for the excellent progress they have made and for being a credit to our school, well done!”
Report by Jordan Talbot
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