Colts A Football team qualify for ISA National finals at St George's Park in May
On Friday 16th November we travelled to compete in the ISA London South Regional 5-a-side Football Tournament which was being held at Virgo Fidelis Convent School in Upper Norwood. A squad of 7 boys including four U10 players were eager to qualify for the national tournament, which will take place on Friday 3rd May 2019 at St George’s Park.
Our boys made a good start to the tournament with a 3-0 victory over Sacred Heart School in their first game, followed by a 0-0 draw against Weston Green. The boys performed better against St Faith’s winning 3-0 in the next match, before being held to a frustrating 1-1 draw against Merton Court.
Although unbeaten after 4 matches we were 4th in the group and outside the top two positions needed to qualify for the semi-finals. We knew that only wins in the next three matches would allow us to qualify and with matches against first and second in our group it looked a difficult challenge. After a scrappy 1-0 win against Radnor House we raised our performance levels against second place Shoreham College, dominating from start to finish winning 3-1. We then played top of the group Oakfield Prep straight afterwards in what was the final game of the group stages. We carried forward our positive momentum from the previous game, playing with super energy, determination and skill to run out 2-0 winners. These excellent victories secured our place as group winners and semi-finalists, which in turn resulted in instant qualification to the ISA National Tournament.
Feeling excited at this news, but knowing they still had more matches to follow, the boys remained composed and focused to do their best in the semi-final match against Rosemead Prep. In an even contest where both teams struggled to create chances, unfortunately Rosemead Prep scored with a minute to go to win 1-0. Although slightly dejected not to reach the final, our young squad played some fantastic football throughout the afternoon and can now look forward to the national tournament in May at the prestigious England FA training facility, St George’s Park.
Many congratulations to; Joe, Charlie, Matthew, Zack, Max, Joshua & Max.