CONGRATULATIONS to the Year 6 Boy’s Football Team who travelled to York on Saturday to compete in the ‘County Round of the 2017/19 English School’s Football Association Danone Nations Cup Tournament’ and won!
The tournament kicked off with a 4-0 victory over Richomond CofE school, with goals coming from Jimmy (3) and Wilbur. A man of the match performance from Adam in defensive midfield helped keeper Cian on his way to his first clean sheet of the day.
The second match saw HRPS pitted against Huntington. Wilbur gave our boys the lead, before we were put under a lot of pressure. Some great saves from Cian and defending from Matthew helped alleviate the pressure, but another clean sheet was not on the cards, as a Huntington forward snook in at the back post to equalise. The unbeaten record remained intact however, as the game ended a stalemate.
The third and final group game was a winner take all match against St. Wilfreds, for a place in the final. It was a tough affair against good opposition. It looked to be over at one point when a Wilfreds’ forward broke through our defensive line and was one on one with the keeper, but out of nowhere, Matthew flew in to a magnificent challenge, dispossessing the bewildered forward and saving our skins. Cian made some fantastic saves in goal and Timmy and Adam began to control the midfield as HRPS applied the pressure… Then… PENALTY! A handball in the box gave us a golden opportunity to put one foot in the final. With ice running through his veins and nerves of steel, Marcus stepped up. With a calm head and an even calmer foot he dispatched the penalty into the bottom left hand corner and the celebrations began. Henry came on immediately to steady the defence and nothing got past him. Hutton Rudby were in the final!
The final saw a start for Jamie and Lewis who both caused all sorts of problems for the opposition defence and played a big part in our first goal, scored by Jimmy. Timmy was a driving force in the midfield and put in a captain’s performance in the final. As the match progressed, Henry, Wilbur and Marcus came on to add defensive steel and attacking flair. Wilbur made an immediate impact by scoring another goal – our forward was on fine form all day! The victory was rounded off by another Jimmy goal and the celebrations began!
Credit must go to all 10 lads in the squad, who have worked incredibly hard throughout the previous two tournaments and in all of our training sessions. The team remains unbeaten and has only conceded 3 goals across 3 tournaments!
Special thanks to Miss Atkinson and Tom from DF Coaching who came to lend support and tactical nous.