Although the drizzly and dreary weather did its best to dampen proceedings at Brixton’s Ferndale Centre last Friday, the quality of the football, especially from Rosendale’s boys, shone like the Bishop Rock Lighthouse guiding all comers into British waters. Drawn in Group 2, the team were unbeaten in their passage to the knockout stages (3 wins and 1 draw) including an impressive 1 – 0 victory over eventual winners Granton. In the semi final against Wyvil Primary Vauxhall (including their entourage of managers, coachers, physios and boot men), Rosendale went a goal down early. Then a touch of inspirational genius from Ryo brought the teams back to level terms: pirouetting on the edge of the circle he placed a low shot to the goalkeeper’s left, to equalise with one of the sweetest strikes you’ll ever see (and once your correspondent masters imovie, you’ll be able to see it as many times as you like). Unfortunately for us, Wyvil grasped the game in the death with a late winner. The third/fourth play off game against St Stephens Primary was played in a similar spirit to England’s 3/4th play off against Italy at Italia ’90 (memories of David Platt’s marvellous header come flooding back) and after a tight game we narrowly lost out on the dreaded penalties. Fourth out of 21 was a marvellous effort from the team though a special mention must go out to Charlie, whose magnificent goalkeeping (including 13 outstanding saves in one game alone) was instrumental in our progression from group to knockout stages. Thanks too to Mr Rob Reynolds who braved public transport on his crutches to provide his special blend of vision, flair, panache and Lucozade. What a marvelklous effort boys, well done to you all.
Team: Charlie, Johnny, Raechen, Billy, Kalid, Janai, George, Ryo, Danny