Friday, 9 October 2015

Early Cup Exits for the U16 and U12-B Teams!

Friday 9th October
U12 Arthur Terry B          4 v 5       Greenwood Academy
J Mewis; O Parry; F Sweeny

Match report
This was a valiant first outing for the Y7 B squad, which ruefully ended in a narrow margin defeat!  The Arthur Terry boys found themselves two goals down early on into the game, before team captain Jordan Mewis netted the team’s first official goal.  A ‘cat and mouse’ score line then continued throughout the game!  After Arthur Terry conceded a third, Oliver Parry scored the first of his brace right on the stroke of half-time to make the score 2-3 to the visitors.  In the second half 2-3 unfortunately became 2-4, but once again Oliver Parry replied soon after by netting his second – a superb solo run through the opposition defence before smashing the ball past the keeper.  Disappointingly 3-4 became 3-5, via a series of very unfortunate and costly errors at the back!  The boys’ determination and perseverance however, yet again saw them pull the score line closer, after midfielder Fynn Sweeny slotted home Arthur Terry’s fourth goal from close range.  At 4-5 the boys’ pressed hard for the equaliser, but were thwarted twice by the opposing keeper in two one-on-one chances that were created!  Overall, mistakes proved to be too costly on this occasion! The team will be hoping to claim their first victory when they take on Hodge Hill School in their first league fixture next week, on Tuesday 13th October!

Wed 7th October 2015
U16 Arthur Terry              1 v 3       Handsworth Grammar School
S Watts 

Match Report
Despite a bright start and taking a 1-0 lead into half-time, courtesy of a super finish from striker Sam Watts, the Yr11 boys struggled to take control of the game and were eventually made to pay for a combination of tepid defending and the spurning two 'clear-cut' chances.  During the game goalkeeper Dylan Mandaracas pulled off several top drawer saves to keep the opposition at bay, but the equaliser was conceded shortly into the second half.  The visitors then went ahead just 5 minutes short of the final whistle, and finally scored their third goal with literally the last kick of the match.  It was a disappointing result and performance overall - ending the team's chance to reclaim the BSSF trophy that they had managed to do on two previous occasions back in the 2011/12 and 2013/14 seasons! All is still to play for though in the district league and cup competitions.  The U16 boys are eager to put things right in their next outing, which could be in Rd2 of the district cup, where the Yr11's await the winners of the Rd1 tie between local school rivals Bishop Walsh and John Willmott.

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