Bs battle in vain in the rain
The Under 12B footballers had their first outing of the season this week, taking the opportunity to play the St Gregory’s Under 12 on a very heavy pitch in front of the school. The squad that played this match is one of two ‘B’ squads which will represent us in what will be a very short campaign as we move towards the cricket season.
The heavens opened just before kick off and Mr DiCothi, generously taking up the role of referee, stepped forward to brave the elements whilst Mr Davies sought sanctuary in his study. Once the rain stopped Mr Davies re-emerged to give useful advice ( much of it ignored) to his young charges.
The St Gregory’s team was very strong and featured some excellent individual talents, causing the resolute Beechen Cliff defensive line significant problems in the first half. Well organised by Kieran Ascott, the back four held firm and kept the very dangerous visiting strikers at bay. The surges upfield by the St Gregory’s team left them exposed to the strength and speed of captain Ibrahim Kamara and Iyul Gargallo and it was this partnership which was to work the opening goal. Kamara had seen a strong run and finish ruled offside after fifteen minutes but the same move proved effective in securing a 1-0 lead after twenty minutes were on the clock. As is so often the case, the home side lost a small amount of concentration and, following another brilliantly taken corner, the St Gregory’s centre forward turned and drilled the ball into the corner of the net. The superb Thomas Carpenter, ‘keeper for the first half, could do little to impede its progress. A 1-1 scoreline at half time seemed a reasonable outcome, although it was obvious that the home side would need to score in the second half as it was clear the the visitors had the players to produce a hatful of chances.
With a nearly new team in the second half the Beechen Cliff boys soon found themselves under intense pressure. Tom Hollingsworth, taking over in goal for the second half, produced an exceptional save early in the second half, tipping over a shot which looked bound for the top right corner of the goal. This athletic success gave additional heart to the Beechen Cliff boys and the fast-paced Lucas Lambourne and Joseph Butler began to move with confidence and feed the strikers passes which allowed them to run at the defenders and take shots which troubled the visiting keeper. Kamara was playing with increasing confidence and he was to see two efforts strike a post and graze the crossbar following dangerous runs.
The challenge of keeping out such strong opponents proved too great, however, and the brilliant right winger from St Gregory’s placed the ball beyond the keeper from a corner and this was followed up, at the death, by a very good shot from a pacey midfielder, taking advantage of the home team pressing forward in search of a late equaliser.
The final result, 3-1, was a fair one and it was very impressive to see the boys from both sides play in a positive and sportsmanlike way – something we would all admire.