Alleyn’s School Under 9 Football Competition

What a marvellous performance from the Year 4 boys team this afternoon, narrowly losing to St Christopher’s 1 – 0 in the final. After a slightly shaky start, they soon became familiar playing with each other and cruised through the group stages with two wins and one draw. The quarter final draw matched us against hosts Alleyn’s: after a very evenly matched and tense 0 – 0 draw (thanks in no small part to a remarkable Gordon-Banks-1970-Pele style save from Inigo) the dreaded penalty shoot was the only way to separate the teams and three on target penalties were enough to send us into the semifinal against Gatehouse School. Although going a goal down early on, the boys really showed their steal, resolve and determination to draw level and then pull further ahead to 3 -1 in the second half. A late Gatehouse goal to bring it back to 3 – 2 had our hearts beating even faster (were that possible) but we stood firm until the final whistle (metaphorically that is, since your correspondent had forgotten his). The final matched us against St Christopher’s and in some ways, it was one game too far as , going a goal down early on, we were unable to match St Christopher’s pace and fight and try as hard as we could, we were unable to close the gap and lost by 2 goals at the conclusion. Naturally there was disappointment to have got so close to the prize, but the children should hold their heads high and be rightly proud of their performance today. If outcomes are decided on enthusiasm, guts and determination, then these boys will surely go far and both Mr Reynolds and I were extremely proud of them and the way they played today.

Many thanks also to those parents who came along to support, your encouragement was invaluable. Also thanks again to Kevin Molloy and his staff at Alleyn’s for inviting us, giving us the opportunity to play in such a prodigious tournament and looking after all of us so well.

The team: Inigo, Nile, Lenny, Omari, Frank, Theo, Loquay, Fabrizio, Oscar, Finn, Marcus, Alfie

Before and after team pictures:

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