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Key Stage 2 Boys compete at ISA Regional Football Tournament

Posted on: 29 Nov 2018 by Weston Green School | Category: Key Stage 2, Sports, Year 6, Year 5

Key Stage 2 Boys compete at ISA Regional Football Tournament

On a cold and dreary Friday morning, seven boys from Upper Key Stage 2 took part in the ISA Under 11 Regional Football Tournament. Having qualified for the Nationals last year, and still retaining a core of players with experience, there was optimism about how well the boys could do this year. We arrived in plenty of time and began to warm up, getting used to the greasy surface and pitches. The boys would play a total of seven games over the day, each ten minutes in length, and the speed of these was intense.

The boys started well, playing some excellent passing football, whilst remaining compact at the back and despite some wasteful finishing, managed to win 1-0. In the second game, again the boys dictated the tempo of the game and had several opportunities to score, but unfortunately could only muster a 0-0 draw. The boys understood that if they were to qualify, then they could only afford to lose one game from the remaining matches. After a quick break, the boys played probably the best football of the day over the next two games, winning 4-0 and 3-0, though again, there were a host of opportunities to score more, including hitting the woodwork three times in one game.

After four games, we were sitting top of our group, but we also still had to play the team second and third, neither of whom had lost. We started well, our confidence showing in our passing and movement. Unfortunately, we did not make the most of our chances and this cost us dearly, losing 2-0. The boys knew they had to win the next game in order to stand a chance of qualifying. Their effort was outstanding, covering every blade of grass on the pitch, but again, our finishing came back to haunt us, as we eventually lost 2-0, despite having the best of the match.

With one game left, we knew that results needed to go our way as we had slipped into third, with only the top two teams qualifying. We had to win to have any chance, which we did courtesy of a tap-in from Freddie. Alas, it was not to be, though. Results did not go our way and we finished fourth in the group. The boys should, however, be very proud of their achievements. They competed, outplayed, and beat schools with a much larger cohort than Weston Green and were a credit to the school.

These competitions are a fantastic way for the children to be challenged against larger schools as well as build friendships with those in other year groups. Well done, boys!

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