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Match Reports 2016-2017

Girls’ Football City Finals at Priesthorpe High School (26/5/17)

After qualifying as one of the top four teams in Leeds, Shadwell girls’ football team travelled to West Leeds to participate in the girls’ football finals day. A fantastic achievement in itself!

Our semi-final game was against Allerton, a very strong team. The game started evenly however, with both sides using possession to their advantage and carving out opportunities. Despite Allerton having the bigger, stronger team, we were able to stick with them; doing out best to keep to our markers and pressuring the ball. It was unfortunate for Shadwell that Allerton made the break though with the last kick of the first half.

The timing couldn’t have been worse, but the girls have come through their fair share of setbacks over the past two seasons and were determined to not let this get them down. The second half continued much the same as the first, but with Shadwell now having to apply more pressure it left increasing amounts of space at the back; some great sweeping from Harlie and Emma stopped some Allerton breakaways, but they got their second goal towards the end to make the final score 2-0 to Allerton. The girls were unlucky to concede the goals at the times they did.

The third place play off was against Alwoodley, who had lost their semi-final to eventual winners Meanwood. The girls played even better in this game than they had done in the semi-final, passing the ball well and showing some brilliant individual pieces of skill. Highlights included Harlie’s long range volley going narrowly wide and Emily beating three players and later hitting the post. We were unlucky to concede two goals on the break, again in each half, but the girls should be so proud of how far they’ve come and what a great season they’ve had!

Y6 Cricket Cluster Tournament at Wetherby Cricket Club (24/5/17)

Yesterday we played in the regional cricket tournament. It was the first time we’ve ever had a cricket team and we played really well, winning four games and only losing one. We actually played the last two games at the same time, with two players batting on one pitch, and everyone else fielding on another pitch. Then we swapped batters and fielders! We won both those final games, one by 3 runs, and the other by 54 runs!

Although we just missed out on qualifying for the next round, everyone had a great time. It’s not one of our main sports that we practise a lot, so to do so well just shows what greats sports people we have!

Y5/6 Boys Football at home vs Oakwood (16/5/17) – Won 3-2

We played Oakwood Primary in the first champion’s knockout round, they also won their league and we managed to beat them 3-2! The game got off to an unlucky start when an Oakwood shot took a deflection against Sam and sent Alex the wrong way. We managed to equalise before half time when an Oli D cutback found Alex on the edge of the 6 yard box, who shot into an empty net.

The second half got off to a rocky start, when Oakwood took the lead once again. It was, however, Shadwell who had the majority of the play, but once we’d missed a penalty and had a shot saved on the line, the boys could be forgiven for thinking that this wasn’t their day. Nevertheless we persisted with the cause and when Alfie did some great work down the right his ball across the box was accidently hit into his own net by an Oakwood defender. With a few minutes to go a bit of Oli D magic from the left saw his shot loop over the keeper’s head and into the far corner!

It was a really physical match and we had lots of excuses for losing, but we never gave up and now we’re in the top 8 teams in the whole of Leeds!

Girls Football at home vs Bramham Primary School (8/5/17) Drew 1-1 & Won 1-0

We had our final league games of the season when we played Bramham twice. Both games were very competitive and it was clear to see how far Bramham had come this season. Bramham actually took the lead with a great shot and had Shadwell on the ropes, though we managed to get the equaliser when Emily’s corner found its way to Lois for her to tap home. The final score in the first game ended 1-1.

The second game saw more of Shadwell with the ball, and they were finally able to make that possession count when Connie scored a great shot on the half volley from the edge of the penalty area! Those results gave us the points we needed to finish in the top four in the league and book our trip to the city finals day tomorrow!

Y5/6 Boys Football at home vs Rothwell St Mary’s Primary School (4/5/17) – Lost 1-0

After having their league championship victory confirmed, the boys team went into their cup semi-final against Rothwell St Mary’s full of energy and nothing to lose; having already exceeded their own expectations. It was, however, the opposition who started on the front foot, putting our defence under early pressure with some jinking runs from their strikers. It took a couple of great saves from Alex and some fantastic last ditch challenges from Jacob and Sam to keep it level.

Rothwell took the lead soon after though when their winger twisted inside and out, putting a low finish past Alex to make it 1-0, which is what the score remained at halftime.

If the first half had seen Rothwell on top, the second half was more Shadwell’s. At halftime the thoughts were that as long as it remained 1-0 we were still in with a chance, and so it proved. With 10 minutes to go we decided to make a move, pushing players further forward in search of an equaliser. This in turn, limited Rothwell’s chances of adding a second, limiting them to long range shots.

Unfortunately, the Shadwell pressure didn’t lead to a goal, but we did have a few near misses and an exciting end to a very close game! We wish Rothwell St Mary’s lots of luck in the final and, although the boys were naturally disappointed at missing out, they can be proud of having gotten so far.

Y5/6 Boys Football away at Allerton C of E Primary School (28/4/17) – Won 3-1

In their final league game of the season, the boys’ team travelled to Allerton, really needing a win if they were to still be in with a chance of topping the league table at the final whistle. We got off to a good start attacking-wise when Oli D showed great footwork to dribble to ball passed the opposing defender and goalkeeper to tap home. You could tell the boys were a little nervous out there, and we took a while to settle defensively, an Allerton corner went straight through everyone into the near post to equalise.

The second half the team relaxed a lot more and were able to take the lead when Joe shot from close range. Oli added a third as the half went on and from that point the result was pretty much sealed. The boys were delighted to have gotten the win in what was a great end to the season.

What’s more, we found out early the following week that our win had been enough to seal the league championship! A fantastic return for a team that had played above themselves all season – well done boys!

Y5/6 Girls Football at home vs Bramham Primary School (27/4/17) – Drew 1-1 & Won 2-1

In the final league games before the fixture deadline saw the girls team host Bramham Primary for their two fixtures.

The first game saw lots of early Bramham pressure, needing a couple of great saves from Gracie to keep the score level. The deadlock was broken when a strong Bramham move through the middle saw the ball poked past Gracie into the Shadwell net. Defeat in the first game looked on the cards until Emily’s corner was flicked on at the near post and Lois was left to tap the ball in to make the score 1-1.

The second game saw Shadwell have more of the ball, but chances were still few and far between thanks to some great defending from both teams and some wonderful goalkeeping by Ella in the Bramham goal. The result was sealed when the ball fell to Connie on the edge of the Bramham penalty area, hitting a great strike into the goal.

Both teams played fantastic football and gave it everything they had; it made for great entertainment and they should be really proud of how far they’ve come! The results meant that Shadwell girls’ team finished in the top four and will go into the finals playoffs to compete to be the best team in Leeds! Well done girls!

Y5/6 Boys Football away vs Carr Manor Primary School (25/4/17) – Won 4-0

With the league deadline approaching on Friday the boys’ team knew they really needed to win both fixtures and hope other results went their way in order to win the league. The players’ approach was to focus on what they could do and take it one game at a time, just like they had been all season.

The team got off to a great start, scoring four goals, from Alfie, Sam and Oli D (2), in the first 10 minutes. After such a fantastic start it was the boys’ ambition to maintain the lead; which they managed – the score at halftime remained 4-0 to Shadwell.

The second half saw the ball kept more in the middle of the pitch, in large part to three hailstorms during the course of the match, making plying any level of decent football difficult. The final score finished 4-0, and the boys got the result they wanted, putting pressure on other teams around the top of the table.

Y5/6 Netball at home vs Highfield Primary School (18/4/17) – Won 15-3

Our Y5/6 Netball team played Highfield on Tuesday and it was our best performance of the season so far; we won 15-3! Although we conceded the first point very early on, the players didn’t let that shake them as they powered through, controlling the game from there on out. Everyone gave 100% effort and the defending and rebounding was top quality! We have another big game tonight as we host Shakespeare Primary School as the league season comes to a close, so we wish them lots of luck for that.

Y5/6 Girls Football vs St Augustine’s Primary School (29/3/17) Lost 3-2

As the end of the season drew near, the girls’ football team went to St Augustine’s. The game had to be postponed the week before due to the poor weather. We got off to a great start when some excellent pressure from Daisy resulted in a pass through to Emily, who’s great low shot was drilled into the bottom left of the goal. We were also defending really well, with our defensive trio of Connie, Emma and Pippa playing out of their skin, as usual.

The St Augustine’s equaliser came from a corner, when it deflected off their player’s knee. The bad fortune for Shadwell continued when St Augustine’s scored with literally the last kick of the first half. We had done well in the game so far; Gracie made multiple world class saves in goal, notably tipping a shot onto the post and another, double reaction save where she not only saved the first shot but also the rebound!

The girls fought their way back in the second half with some pressure of their own, and when Daisy worked herself into some space in the penalty area, her shot found its way inside the far post, with defenders and ‘keeper scrambling to keep it out. The team defended valiantly for the rest of the game, but just couldn’t get to a St Augustine’s shot, with 30 seconds to go, to hang onto the draw.

The girls were understandably disappointed at the defeat, having again given it their all, but are mature enough to act graceful. We played so well and should be really proud of our performance.

Y5/6 Netball vs Holy Rosary & St Anne’s Primary School (21/3/17) – Lost 9-1

In their first league fixture the Netball team travelled to Holy Rosary & St Anne’s, a team who had won all of their games and currently sat top of the league. A reasonable start only saw us 2-1 down after the first quarter. The opposition, however, put a lot of pressure during the second quarter, meaning they were 6-1 up at half time. The team kept battling and only lost the third and fourth quarters 1-0 and 2-0 respectively. Despite what the score line suggests, the team played well in their first match of the season; this was the first time the opposition had conceded a point in their five games and was actually their worst result in all their games!

Y5/6 Girls Football vs Bardsey (15/3/17) – Drew 0-0

Our girls’ team travelled to Bardsey, in the hope of a positive result, on Wednesday. The team played really well with everyone making great plays.

In what was an even game, both goalkeepers, Gracie (in the first half) and Joanna (in the second half) made some vital saves to keep us in it. The girls’ tackling was also fantastic, with Daisy setting the tone with some full blooded slides to win the ball.

Our girls’ team will give anyone a game and proved to match Bardsey again, after losing both games last season this was another example of how far we’ve come over the past couple of years. The points claimed today could prove to be vital come the end of the season!

Y5/6 Tag Rugby match vs Carr Manor (9/3/17) – Won 14-11

In our last preparation game for the City Regionals our Tag Rugby team beat Carr Manor in what was an exciting game with lots of fast play and excellent tagging. Perhaps the best aspect of the game was the fact that the try scorers were so varied as it demonstrated our tremendous strength in depth. Carr Manor are a good team and were in the City Finals last year so this win should be a big boost to the teams confidence.

Boys football home against Highfield (7/3/17) – Won 7-0

With the second half of the season well underway, the boys team hosted Highfield in the league. After a tough 1-1 draw in the away game, the team were hoping to get the better of their opponents this time around. The game started brightly for Shadwell but they needed a good save from Alex to deny Highfield scoring a one-on-one chance. Despite Highfield’s attempts, it was Shadwell who made the breakthrough when Jack finished a close range shot for his third in two games! Sam coolly slotted home a penalty kick just before the break to make it 2-0.

From the restart Alex was required to make a great save on the goal line from a Highfield corner, which could have been a turning point in the game. The second half allowed Shadwell to use their width, making the most of their wingers to work the ball into the box. Despite some excellent saves from the Highfield goalkeeper, Shadwell were quicker to react to the rebounds which resulted in adding further goals from Ollie (3), Joe (2).

The final score was 7-0 to Shadwell; Highfield can count themselves unlucky as they didn’t deserve to concede as many as they did, defending well and making some great saves.

Y5/6 Girls Football at home vs Immaculate Heart Primary School – Drew 1-1 (25/5/17)

The girls’ football team had their final preparation game against Immaculate Heart on Thursday as they looked towards the City Finals on the Friday.

We started brightly and were able to make our pressure count when Emily’s persistent work up front saw her finish a great shot. A couple of fantastic saves from Gracie stopped some Immaculate Heart attacks; the score at halftime remained 1-0.

The second half saw more Shadwell pressure, but unfortunately no more goals. We were making lots of substitutions to give all the players some good amounts of game time to prepare for Friday, though you couldn’t tell as all players fitted seamlessly into different positions. Towards the end of the match, however, an Immaculate Heart player broke through and her low shot sneaked in at the far post. The girls were a bit disappointed at conceding a late equaliser but they could take great confidence in knowing that they had just played probably their best football of the year!

 

Tag Rugby City Finals at JCCS (18/5/17)

We went to the Tag Rugby City finals last Thursday and we played really well. We got off to a tough start and actually lost our first match; which meant we had to win every single one of our remaining group games to qualify for the quarter finals, which we did, 7-0, 4-2 and 3-2! We lost in the quarter finals to eventual winners Lower Wortley 3-2, who won it for the second year in a row. Even though we didn’t win the whole tournament, we still finished in the top 8 out of 150 teams in Leeds and we gave it everything we had.

Results were as follows:                    

Group Stage:

Lost 3-1 vs Immaculate Heart Primary School (Jack)

Won 7-0 vs Westerton Primary School (Oli D 3; Spencer; Connie; Joanna; Jack)

Won 4-2 vs Southroyd Primary School (Jess; Alfie; Oli D; Jacob)

Won 3-2 vs Cookridge Holy Trinity Primary School (Emily; Jacob; Jack)

Quarter Finals:

Lost 3-2 vs Lower Wortley Primary School (Oli D; Jess)

Tag Rugby at home vs Bramham Primary School (15/5/17) – Won 11-4

We played Bramham in our final preparation game before the city finals. The first half was very close but we played brilliantly defensively and were leading 3-0 at half time. The second half opened up more and our strength in depth really showed, with each player doing their bit to get us the win. We finished as 11-4 winners and it was a great way to set us up for the tournament!

Y5/6 Netball away vs Bardsey Primary School (5/5/17) – Won 10-0

In their final game of the Netball season, the team travelled to Bardsey; knowing that although they couldn’t finish in the top two places, they could still grab third which, in a 15 team league, would still be very impressive. Bardsey, having already beaten Bramham earlier in the evening, were playing their second game. The first quarter saw a lot of Shadwell possession, but the team just couldn’t put the ball in the hoop. The second quarter soon rectified that, with Gracie scoring three points to give the team the lead going into half time.

The second half continued the same theme, with Shadwell able to turn their possession into points. There was great play from everybody and it was brilliant to see those players in particular, who’d developed since the start of the season now confident and making big contributions to the team! Well done team for a fantastic season!

Y5/6 Netball at home vs Shakespeare Primary School (20/4/17) – Won 17-0

In what was their second game in three days, the Netball team hosted Shakespeare Primary School in the penultimate league game of the season. The pressure was on as the players knew that in order to finish towards the top of the league we really needed to win all our remaining league games. Their intent was clear early on as the team’s intensity was right where it needed to be, with everyone showing great passing and moving. It was great to see all players’ confidence at its maximum and everyone keeping their heads up looking for the ball. It was easily our best team performance so far and puts us in great shape going into next week’s tournament.

Y5/6 Boys Football vs Our Lady’s Primary School (30/3/17) – Won 4-0

The boys team looked to continue their good cup run as they hosted Our Lady’s Primary School in the quarter finals. We got off to a solid start as we used the wind in the first half to exert some early pressure; the first goal remained key, however, and although we were having chances, we were unable to put the ball in the net.

It required good fortune/good skill from Sam to score directly from a corner (for the second time this season) to give Shadwell the lead. The team were soon able to double the score when good work from Joe on the left found Alfie to stab home from close range. The boys definitely took advantage of being on top when Joe added another; Oli worked his way into the box and his bal found its way through to Joe who had the simple job of tapping home.

The score at halftime was 3-0 to Shadwell and although the boys were happy with how they had played, they were also weary of a potential comeback, now that Our Lady’s had the wind in their favour. Despite this, the boys held firm with some great defending from Jacob and Matthew and some excellent battling in the midfield from Archie, Jack and Adian. We were even able to add another when Oli slotted home to make it 4-0. Winning the quarter final was a great achievement and the boys seem very focused on not only finishing strong in the league, but also the upcoming semi-final against Rothwell St Mary’s Primary School.

Y5/6 Netball vs Bramham Primary School (23/3/17) – Won 6-5

Our Netball team got their first win of the season with a narrow comeback against a good Bramham team. We got off to a great start when Gracie scored three points in the first quarter to give us the early lead. Bramham, however, fought back into the game and were leading 5-4 going into the final quarter. The fourth quarter saw a lot of pressure from Shadwell and they were able to make their chances count with two points in the last few minutes to earn the win. A great game from everyone involved and Bramham can count themselves unlucky to not come away from it with more than a narrow defeat.

Y5/6 Leeds City Tag Rugby Regionals (17/3/17)

For the first time, we took three teams to the qualifiers for the Leeds City Finals. All teams performed superbly in the tournament and I was so proud of all the children in not only their performances on the pitch but also in their conduct and sportsmanship.

All three teams made the quarter finals, which was a fantastic achievement for our school; 16 teams entered on the day, so for Shadwell to make up almost half of the final eight was amazing! Not only that, but our A-team won the competition and therefore qualified for the Leeds City Tag Rugby Finals, meaning we are already one of the top 20 teams, out of 150, in Leeds!

Results were as follows:

C-team;

Group Stage

Won 4-1 vs Deighton Gates B

Won 5-1 vs Primrose Lane C

Lost 3-2 vs Harewood

Quarter finals – Lost 4-1 vs Shadwell A

 

B-team;

Group Stage

Won 2-1 vs Collingham C

Won 4-1 vs Deighton Gates C

Lost 4-3 vs Primrose Lane A

Quarter finals – Lost 4-1 vs Deighton Gates A

A-team;

Group Stage

Won 4-1 vs Collingham A

Won 4-0 vs Primrose Lane B

Won 5-0 vs Collingham A

Won 4-2 vs Primrose Lane B

Quarter finals – Won 4-1 vs Shadwell C

Semi-finals – Won 2-1 vs Deighton Gates A

Final – Won 6-2 vs Primrose Lane B

I’m sure you will join me on congratulating our fantastic teams and wishing the A-team good luck at the Leeds City Finals in May.

Y5/6 Boys Football vs Immaculate Heart (14/3/17) – Lost 2-0

The team went into this game hoping for a positive result in what was a big match in terms of league places. Having beaten Immaculate Heart earlier in the season the team knew they could do it; but Immaculate Heart are one of the best teams in Leeds, and they showed it tonight. The first half was an even affair with chances for both sides, but the ball was mainly found in the midfield battle.

Immaculate Heart had the wind behind them in the second half, and used it to their advantage camping in the Shadwell half for the majority of the rest of the game. Their pressure finally paid off when their striker finished from close range to make it 1-0. The boys kept fighting but the result was put out of reach when a long range free kick evaded everybody and found its way into the back of the net.

The boys were obviously disappointed with the result, but were able to move on quickly to focus on future games.

Y5/6 Girls Football vs Allerton (8/3/17) – Lost 4-0

Our girls’ football team travelled to Allerton knowing they were going to play a good team – Allerton currently sit top of our league. Still, our girls team have never been ones to shy away from a challenge and went into the game with full effort and a great attitude. We were able to carve out a few chances and battled hard in midfield; although an Allerton break away saw them in the lead 1-0 going into halftime. A few more Allerton goals in the second half saw the result sealed in Allerton’s favour. The girls matched them in the middle of the pitch but Allerton were just that bit harper in both penalty boxes.

Y5/6 Leeds City Hockey Finals (3/3/17)

Our Y5/6 Hockey team travelled to Weetwood Sports Park for the Hockey City Finals. The whole team played really well, finishing third out of eight teams in our group, with only the group winners qualifying for the West Yorkshire County Finals. Results were as follows;

  • 2-0 win vs Allerton 1sts
  • 3-1 win vs Richmond Hill 2nds
  • 2-1 loss vs Allerton 2nds
  • 2-1 loss vs Brodetsky 2nds
  • 3-1 loss vs Meanwood
  • 2-0 win vs Richmond Hill 1sts
  • 7-0 win vs Brodetsky 1sts

In what was the first major tournament of the year, there were lots of positive aspects to build upon as we enter the competitions for other sports.

Boys football away against Alwoodley (28/2/17) – Won 4-0

The boys football team travelled to Alwoodley this week in their return league fixture. The team wanted to return to winning ways after their draw at Highfield and got off to a good start when Jack headed in Alfie’s long throw into the top corner to make it 1-0 to Shadwell. The rest of the half was mainly played through the middle, with both teams gaining ground and defending well, but clear cut chances were few and far between.

At the halftime break the team discussed stepping up the intensity and putting on more pressure; this was clear from the restart as Joe and Ollie both had early shots go wide. It took until 10 minutes to go before another goal was scored; a cross from Alfie on the right saw a great save drawn from the keeper by Ollie, only for Alex to pounce on the rebound for his second goal in two games.

The second goal seemed to seal the result and Shadwell were able to add two more as the end drew near; the third a great strike from Jack into the top right for his second. Jack then turned from scorer to provider for the fourth when his cross from the left was met by a diving header from Ollie to score a great goal!

The boys did well to push the result over the line and are looking forward to building on this in the next game.

Y6 Tag Rugby vs Thorner (21/2/17) Won 13-12

After their exciting residential to Carlton Lodge, it was the Y6 Tag Rugby players’ turn to participate in their first match of the season as they travelled to Thorner for a friendly encounter.

Shadwell got off to a great start when Jacob, newly appointed as captain for this year, scored a try right from the first whistle; receiving a pass from Harlie and running through the entire Thorner team to score.

Thorner replied quickly though with some tries of their own and the game was extremely competitive and on the small pitch there wasn’t much space for players to avoid getting tagged. The score at halftime was 5-5, with plenty more action anticipated.

The talk at half time was positive, with players contributing not only on the good aspects of their play, but also what we could work on for the rest of the game.

Lots of tries were scored in the second half, but some great tagging, along with players helping out their team mates defensively restricted the chances for the opposition. Thorner played really well and have a team with fantastic potential; Shadwell did really well to see the game out with a narrow 13-12 win.

Try scorers were;

Jacob (2)

Connie (2)

Spencer (2)

Emily

Harlie

Joanna

Y5 Tag Rugby vs Bramham (7/2/17)

With Y6 on residential, this week saw a great opportunity for the Y5 Tag Rugby players to get some match practice as they look to prepare for the city regional competitions. Tournament games are only seven minutes long, so it was decided to play a number of shorter matches rather than one long match in order to help preparation.

All the games were competitive, with close score lines and both teams winning some matches. There’s a lot of talent in the Y5 group and they showed it today through some great individual running as well as some excellent tagging!

Boys’ Football match vs Highfield away (31/1/17) – Drew 1-1

For the boys’ final league game of the half term they travelled to Highfield in the hope of extending their lead at the top of the league table. On a small, crowded pitch it was difficult to play football and it showed as the majority of the first half was a scrappy affair played through the middle. There were a couple of chances, but nothing clear cut. That was until half time drew near and a Highfield shot found its way into the top right corner of the Shadwell goal.

To be fair, Highfield were the better team in the first half and were deserved of their lead going into the break. Shadwell had had a couple of shots, but not as many as they would have hoped for. Despite this, the boys went into the second half confident of turning things around. That was clear from kick off as Ollie, and then Joe, had chances which went narrowly wide.

If the first half saw Highfield on top, then the second half was definitely Shadwell’s; the boys put some great pressure on the opposition goal and had started playing more direct – the style of play which was needed in the longer grass. It was unlucky for the team that the chances just weren’t hitting the back of the net. It also took a brave save from Alex when a Highfield striker broke through, requiring the Shadwell stopper to dive low at his feet. If that chance had gone in it would no doubt have been game over!

With the end of the game approaching, some great work from Alfie down the left saw him beat a couple of players, before playing in a great cross for Alex to strike home with his weaker left foot to equalise! There was still enough time for a couple more chances, notably when Ollie saw an excellent shot rebound off the post.

The game ended 1-1, but after snatching a draw from the jaws of defeat, the boys can be pleased with the point they earned.

Boys’ Football match vs Alwoodley at home (17/1/17) – Won 5-0

The boys football team looked to continue their good season so far when they hosted Alwoodley in their first game after the Christmas holidays. Having lost narrowly to Alwoodley on two occasions last season, the team were hoping for a more positive result this time around.

The match started at a frantic pace, with both sides carving out great opportunities; it took three excellent reaction saves from Alex and two world class, last ditch tackles from Sam and Jacob to keep Alwoodley at bay. It was Shadwell, however, who made the breakthrough when Adian knocked down a corner for Oliver to turn and fire a low shot into the bottom right corner.

Shadwell added a second when midfielder-turned-striker Archie got played through by a great ball from Joe. Despite being one-on-one with the keeper, Archie kept his cool to slot it through the legs of the onrushing stopper. As half time drew near, Shadwell got their third; another excellent corner delivery from Sam was met by the head of Alfie at the far post.

At the break the team were pleased with their performance, but were taking nothing for granted as they knew Alwoodley could easily have had a couple of goals themselves. The pitch wasn’t getting any less muddy, which made playing football hard; but the boys persevered in the second half and turned in an even better effort than before.

Some great through balls and fantastic defending had the team looking solid and, when Alex broke through the middle to the edge of the area, his long range strike was heading into the top-right corner. The keeper, just got his fingertips to it, but couldn’t quite stop the trajectory, with the ball eventually rolling over the line – closely watched by Archie – who could easily have gotten a toe on it to claim his second, but would rather have his friend and team mate on the score sheet; allowing the ball to roll in by itself – a fantastic team attitude!

At 4-0, all Year 5 boys had scored; a great statistic; especially in a league predominantly played by Year 6s. It just shows what great quality we have, and when Oliver slid onto Alfie’s low cross for his second, the result was sealed. The win meant we edged a little further ahead in the league, but with lots of football still to be played, the next few games will be crucial.

Girls Football match vs Bardsey at home (11/10/16) won 1-0

The girls football team looked to build on their victory in their previous game as they hosted Bardsey; a team who had won their previous game as well. Like all the matches so far, this game was largely played through the middle, with both teams carving out their own chances through hard work; Joanna needed to make a couple of excellent saves in goal.

The breakthrough came before half time when Gracie, just on as a substitute, scored with her first touch – what an impact! Not only that, but the goal was a volley off a throw-in from the edge of the box!

With the score 1-0 to Shadwell, the girls were pleased with how they had performed first half. The second half continued much of the same, with lots of hard work and endeavour. The battling in midfield was excellent and we defended superbly as a team to keep Bardsey scoreless.

The final score finished 1-0, which gave the girls their second win in a row, and actually put them top of the league table! A great start to the season and we hope to continue it into the year!

 

Girls’ Football match vs Scholes at home (29/9/16) – Won 10-0

For the girls’ second match of the season they played Scholes Primary School at home. After a good performance on Tuesday the team were excited to get another game underway. Scholes, who were playing their first match of the season, are a new team in the league and played very well throughout!

Shadwell pressed from the beginning and at around the five minute mark Lois broke from the Scholes defence to hit a low shot past the opposition goalkeeper and in off the post from outside the penalty box! The girls were delighted at scoring their first goal of the season, and were able to add to their lead through constant hard work with Joanna (2), Lois, Emily and Daisy finding the back of the net!

The half time score was 6-0 and the girls continued to add to their lead in the second half with great goals from Emily, Gracie, Connie and Ruby to make the final score 10-0. A fantastic performance from the whole team with everyone making big contributions. Credit to Scholes as well who never gave up and made our girls work hard for each goal they scored.

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Girls Football match at home vs Immaculate Heart (23/2/17) – Won 1-0

The girls football team begin their first game this half term as they hosted Immaculate Heart of Mary Primary School. At one point during the day there were questions as to weather the game would go ahead due to the weather, but a calmer afternoon meant no reason to cancel and the game went ahead.

The first half saw Shadwell go against a blustery wind, but the girls were able to manage the conditions well and even took the lead when Emily’s shot was cleared off the line, the clearance only went to Joanna, whose left football strike found its way past the goalkeeper from the edge of the area.

Immaculate Heart had their chances but a great save from Gracie saw their best shot tipped round the post for a corner. The halftime score remained 1-0.

Shadwell were able to apply more pressure in the second half but still had to be aware of counter attacks from the opposition; Pippa and Connie made at least two great tackles each as they swept up at the back. The aspect which was most impressive from the team was their battling and helping each other out when winning the ball back – the girls are clearly realising that they are no longer year 5s and can now match oppositions physically, challenging for everything and constantly applying pressure. We now have 13 points in the league, compared to 14 at the end of last season, but have played 5 fewer games so far!

This was probably the team’s best performance of the season and great to build on as we enter the busy final stages of the season.

Boys’ Football match vs West End away (24/1/17) – Won 3-1

In the last 16 of the Leeds & Holbeck Cup, the team travelled to West End Primary School. Shadwell had a good spell at the start of the game and were able to take the lead when Adian tapped in from a corner – his first for school! From then on it was all West End pressure; Alex had to make a couple of good saves – one from a long range strike and another when a shot rebounded off the post back out to their striker, which he then smothered. There were players putting bodies on the line to keep the ball out and some very committed tackles. Despite the pressure, West End couldn’t find the breakthrough and in Oliver D, Shadwell always have a player who will provide a great outlet. A ball over the top saw Ollie beat the defenders on the break and finish over the keeper. It was against the run of play, but Shadwell had managed to take both their chances. The score at half time remained 2-0.

The second half saw even more West End pressure, but the defending matched the attacking and everyone worked their socks off. Even when West End made the breakthrough, the boys didn’t panic, sticking to the cause. With the game drawing to an end, it was Ollie who extended the lead when he finished off a great counter attack. The game finished 3-1, and credit to the players who put in multiple defensive blocks and tackles to maintain the lead. It’s sure to be another exciting game when Shadwell play their quarter final!

Boys Football match vs Westwood at home (20/10/16) won 3-2

The boys team finished the half term with a cup fixture at home to Westwood Primary. The Leeds and Holbeck Cup is a competition between all the schools in Leeds who have a KS2 of 120 pupils or smaller. Being from the South Central part of Leeds, we’d never played them before and were unsure on what to expect – though the downpour of rain before kick-off made for difficult conditions.

It was Westwood who went ahead when their striker seized on a back pass, which had gotten stuck in the mud, to fire a great long range strike first time past Alex. Shadwell managed to equalise before half time, however, when Sam’s corner was flicked on at the near post for Oliver to fire in from close range. We were unable to keep the scores level before the break though, when we got a taste of our own medicine from the previous game when a Westwood corner sailed over everyone and into the far top corner!

The half time score was 2-1 to Westwood, but the boys were still well in the contest, despite their two goals, it was a fairly even half and the team were determined to build on the positives going forward. With five minutes to go, the score remained 2-1 despite a really committed performance from the boys. Just then, a ball forward found its way to Joe, who beat his marker and finished the ball low past the opposition ‘keeper to equalise.

With the game drawing to an end, penalties loomed large (no extra time in the cup). Although the momentum was with Shadwell, time was running out for the boys to grab a winner. Less than a minute remained on the clock when Shadwell won a corner; Sam took it (his deliveries have been first class all season so far). This one was cleared by their defence, but only back out towards Sam, who hit a fierce shot first time to power through at the near post! The full time whistle blew almost immediately after the restart. The boys had pulled off a great result in tricky circumstances against a good team and go into the next round!

Boys Football match vs Carr Manor at home (13/10/16) lost 1-0

After winning their first match of the season, the boys team looked to build further as they took on Carr Manor at home this Thursday. The game began end to end with chances for both teams; Carr Manor had two shots cleared off the line. One where it hit the cross bar and Alex collected the rebound, and another when Adian slid in to scoop the ball away.

At half-time the score was still 0-0 and Shadwell got off to a shaky start in the second half as Alex needed to make a great save to keep the scores level. Then it was Shadwell’s turn to have some close chances as Oliver hit the post and then the bar on two separate occasions.

Unfortunately for Shadwell it was Carr Manor who made the breakthrough when a shot finally made it over the line, despite the defence’s best efforts. Even though Shadwell pushed for an equaliser, it never came. The final score finished 1-0 to Carr Manor.

Although the boys suffered a narrow defeat, they shouldn’t be too hard on themselves as it was a close game which could have gone either way; with plenty of positives to take away from the match.

 

Boys’ Football match vs Allerton at home (1/10/16) – won 5-0

After the girls’ promising start to the season, the boys’ team hoped to get off to their own positive start as they entertained Allerton on Thursday.

The game started brightly with Shadwell performing quick passes from midfield and using the space well. The ball spent most of the time in outside both penalty areas as defences looked solid. Shadwell managed the breakthrough when a deflected shot looped high into the air and Alex, a Year 5 debutant in the team, followed the ball into the 6-yard box to finish underneath the Allerton ‘keeper.

Alex then turned provider to Oliver – another Y5 making his debut – when his corner swung in from the right and Oliver bravely connected with a powerful header to make it 2-0. Allerton nearly halved the deficit before the break but their midfielders shot cannoned off the bar, onto the line and then away from goal as Shadwell defenders fell over each other trying to clear.

Allerton also started the second half the better and put the Shadwell goal under real threat; Alex made a couple of great game changing saves which otherwise could have swung momentum in the oppositions favour.

Shadwell then caught Allerton out on the break when four players ran forward with the ball, Joe beat a couple of players and finished a shot from just inside the area, around the goalkeeper’s right hand side.

With a couple of minutes remaining, Shadwell managed to add two more goals, and two more for Joe – both good close range finishes to complete his hat-trick!

With a total on 6 new players this season, it’s safe to say the team are gelling quickly, no one looked out of place and we defensively seemed as solid as we ever had previously, with Sam, Matthew and Jacob competing for every ball and staying with their attackers throughout. Well done boys, we look forward to our next game; against Carr Manor next Thursday.

 

Girls’ Football match vs Meanwood at home (27/9/16) – Lost 2-0

In the first game of an eagerly anticipated season the girls hosted Meanwood as they looked to build on last year’s promising season.

The team were playing with the wind behind them in the first half which allowed the team to settle in and push forward with some excellent breaks; this season’s captain, Emily, alongside Daisy in midfield, was leading the charge by pushing the ball up field.

Despite some great defending, there was nothing which could be done about Meanwood’s first, which was a powerful strike past debut ‘keeper Joanna. Going in at half time was, on reflection, a fair result; although Shadwell had got the ball forward, it was Meanwood who had the better chances.

The second half was against the slope and wind, but the girls were showing an extra toughness this year and didn’t let that stop them; in fact, the probably got the ball forward more in the second half! The girls were unlucky when a Meanwood throw in fell to their striker, who again hit a low powerful shot into the net. Despite the setback, the girls managed to carve out a couple of chances, but it just wouldn’t fall. The final score finished 2-0 to Meanwood, but compared to a 6-0 loss to them this time last season, the improvements were clear to see! Special mentions go to Connie, who covered every blade of grass and put in lots of great challenges and clearances, and Joanna, who saved lots of tricky shots in slippery conditions.

Well done girls on your great effort; we look forward to our next match on Thursday.