Year 5/6 Kids Cup - 4th Oct - Play Football, Tulketh|
Boys succumb to agonising semi defeat on pens!
Year 5/6 Kids Cup Football Competition – Play Football, Tulketh - Thursday 4th October
Thursday 4th October was the day of the annual Kids Cup Football Competition for the Preston region. The Broughton boys had played a few friendlies going into the competition and have been playing some excellent football without getting the results they deserved. They were still fired up and ready to demonstrate their skills today. We were in a group of 6 with OLSE, St Ignatius, St Clares, Longsands and Blessed Sacrament. We got off to a flyer beating OLSE 3-0 and it should have been more. Over the next four games we got 2 wins (St Ignatius 1-0 and Longsands 4-1) and 2 draws (St Clares: 1-1 and Blessed Sacrament 1-1). As we finished top of the group, we were straight through to the quarter finals against Deepdale. We went 1-0, with a goal from Sam, but after our domination and many shots couldn't get that 2nd goal. They then went and snook a cheeky equaliser, so penalties it was. 3 each! We scored all 3, Sam W, Jack Needham and Jack Nelson. They missed their third, so we were through to the semis! In the semi-finals we came up against a determined Lea Endowed, but Oliver Heath smashed in what are becoming trademark screamers from him! 1-0 Broughton and again looking solid. Until, they scored the luckiest of equalisers as the ball trickled across the line. Penalties again! Not so fortunate this time. About 4 penalties were missed, one after the other until we missed the sudden death one. Our boys came away with real dignity, as the opposition preceded to run around with their arms aloft, virtually screaming in our faces. It didn't help how we were feeling. We were humble and magnanimous when we won the penalties in the quarters, by going straight over and shaking hands. The result in a way was irrelevant as the top 4 make it through to the regional finals against the best 4 in Chorley and best 4 in South Ribble. That will be in January and we will be ready!
Mr. Bird’s Comments: “I was so proud of all the lads’ efforts on the day. We never gave up and the fact that a tear or two was shed at the end, shows how much they care. Let’s press forward now and have a good league and cup campaign.”
Harold Slater Cup - So far!|
Our best result as a school in the Harold Slater, was when our 2015/16 reached the final at Deepdale in May 2016. Unfortunately, we fell to a narrow 1-0 defeat to OLSE, but we deserved so much more. This is a competition that the boys said at the start of the season they would like to do well. As of the upcoming Christmas break, we are through to the quarter final, that will be played in Spring term 1 2019. I will keep you posted of the date of the game.
Round 1: Blessed Sacrament at home - Monday 8th October.
Blessed Sacrament had been tipped by other teachers in Preston as potential favourites for the competition as they have a big, strong, physical team, who are good players to boot. So, the draw was not kind to our boys, but you know what they say: "If you're going to be the best, you have to beat the best!" Broughton got off to a flyer and were 1-0 up inside 5 minutes. However, this seemed to go against us, we stopped playing, we retreated deeper and deeper and this gave them the confidence to come strong at us. It was wave after wave of attacks, however the defensive partnership of Oliver Heath and Sam Willingale were like a dam that would not burst. Todd Winder (Capt), was also making some strong saves behind. Eventually, they got an equaliser halfway through the 2nd half and it seemed like curtains for the Broughton boys. Think again! All of a sudden, the goal sprung Broughton back into life and we started spraying the ball around with some fast touch football that we are committed to playing this season. In the last 5 minutes, there was only going to be one winner and step up Finlay Delaney who poked the ball home after a scramble from a corner. 2-1 Broughton and through the 2nd round against Sherwood at home on Friday 2nd November.
Round 2: Sherwood at home - Friday 2nd November.
Friday 2nd November was the day for our 2nd round match against Sherwood, one the big footballing powerhouses in Preston. The boys were buzzing and full of confidence for this. Once again, we got off to a great start, passing the ball around and having lots of chance early. On about 7 minutes, Sam Willingale had driven out from the back, played a one two with Finlay Delaney and then slotted the ball home with his left foot. Broughton couldn't find that 2nd goal before the half time whistle. Sherwood buoyed by the arrival of Mr Whelan, made a tactical shift and came at us in the first half of the 2nd half. However, once again, there was no way through Oliver Heath and Sam Willingale, and for all their possession, they had few clear cut chances. Then, once again, as their legs were tiring, Sam Willingale drove out from the back, passed out to Jack Needham, who crossed for Sam to send the keeper the wrong way with his right foot this time. Another goal to cap his Man of the Match performance. Broughton won 2-0 and through to the quarter finals.
Just an extra note: We have played 2 games in the league on Thursday 18th October against St Bernard's and Brookfield. We won 4-1 against St Bernard's and 8-0 against Brookfield. A fantastic start to the season from the Broughton boys, to go with our qualification for the regional finals of the Kids Cup.
Quarter Final: Longsands at home - Tuesday 29th January
What a day this was! There was snow the day before, but that all cleared away and our pitch was still in fantastic condition to get the game played. The boys were cagey to start and Longsands came to play some good footy. They started really strongly and our resolute defence was tested. Eventually, the dam was busted and their star player screamed one into the top left hand corner. Todd could do nothing about it, it was a class strike. This though seemed to kick start our boys and from that moment we dominated. We had shot after shot, but could find no way past their keeper. We were 1-0 down at half time. The second half started well with Willingale bursting through and shooting low to make it 1-1. Then, as we were cruising through the gears, we go caught on the counter and were quickly 2-1 down. Were we going to recover, or was it going to be one of those days? No is the answer. Willingale again burst from centre midfield and drove a low strike into the bottom right corner. We must have had another 6 or 7 shots before the end and could not get the winner. 2-2 at full time. The rules state 5 minutes extra time need to be played. They were running scared and refused! So penalties it was.
Cometh the hour, cometh the man - Todd Winder - he saved 4 out of the 5 penalties they took and we won the shootout 2-1, thanks to strikes from Jed Anderson and Sam Willingale. A good result in a tough game and now onto the semis vs Deepdale on Wed 13th March.
Well done from Mr. Bird.
Semi Final: Deepdale at home - Wednesday 13th March
Wednesday 13th March was the day of the Harold Slater Boys Cup Footy Semi-Final at home vs Deepdale boys. The boys, like the girls, were undefeated all season going into the fixture and were determined to progress through to the final.
They ended up putting in a superb performance and won the match 3-0, like the girls. Goals from Jack Nelson (2) and George Heath.
I was so proud of the strength of the performance and I am so proud of the amazing team they are from Mr. Bird.