Boys’ Football match vs Alwoodley at home – Won 5-0

17 January 2017

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.


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