U9s win Littlegarth Tournament!

Soccer - U9 A VII Tournament at Littlegarth (A),
Wednesday 18 November 2013

Holmwood travelled to Littlegarth in high spirits with a string of good performances behind them so far this term. Ten teams had been invited and were split into two groups. The first and second placed teams would qualify for the semi-finals with the winners of one group playing the second placed team in the other group.  Matches would be 10 minutes long with no half-time breaks. Unfortunately, a slight mix-up with the bus meant we arrived with only seconds to spare and we just managed to make the briefing from Littlegarth’s Mr E.

Group A consisted of : The Abbey (Woodbridge), Allen Court, Moreton Hall, St Joseph’s and St Nicolas schools.

Group B consisted of :  Holmwood House, St Margaret’s, Littlegarth , Finborough and Colchester High.

There would be 3 points awarded for a win and 1 point for a draw.  Goal difference would come into play if positions were level at the end of the group stage.

Match 1

Holmwood got the tournament off to a great start with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over St Margaret’s. The boys played some fine passing football and goals came from Max M, Charlie A and James N.

Match 2

Holmwood continued their great start with a 6-0 win against Colchester High. William B and Max M  both scored a hat-trick each. This was an impressive display (and excellent for our goal difference!).

Match 3

Our third match looked to be our toughest on paper.  Littlegarth proved to be an excellent team when we played them earlier in the term.  However, the boys put in a strong performance and took their chances with great skill.  Holmwood secured a 3-0 victory with 2 goals from Charlie A and another from Max M.  This result all but guaranteed Holmwood a place in the semi-finals.

Match 4

Holmwood won their final match of the group against Finborough with a 3-1 victory.  Charlie A scored all three goals. This meant that Holmwood topped the group and would face the runners-up from the other group.

The semi-final matches were: Holmwood vs Allen Court  and The Abbey vs St Margaret’s.

 Match 5 - Semi Final

Allen Court were an unknown quantity.  The boys battled well and their desire, skill and determination shone through. The final score of 3-1 to Holmwood was a fair reflection of the match. The goals came from James N and Max M (2). This put Holmwood into the final!

In fading light, Holmwood's final opponents were The Abbey.

Match 6 – The Final

The final was a tight affair.  Holmwood dominated the final with only a few breaks from The Abbey.  Try as they might, Holmwood could not break through the strong and numerous defenders of The Abbey. At the end of the 10 minutes the score was 0-0.  It was decided there would be 5 minutes of golden goal - but still no result.  This meant that it would be decided by  the lottery of penalties.

Holmwood were the first to go.  Charlie A smashed an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net . The Abbey equalised. James N then put Holmwood ahead again but this was equalised with a high shot over the head of AJ P-S. Max M was Holmwood's third penalty taker. The Abbey’s keeper got a hand to it but the power of the shot took the ball over the line. This meant that, if AJ P-S could save the next penalty, the trophy would be Holmwood’s. The Abbey’s penalty was again unstoppable,  3-3 and again sudden death. William B took Holmwood ‘s fourth and scored but then The Abey did the same.  Leo was desperate to take the next and, despite being slightly nervous, scored to make it 5-4.  AJ P-S again had the chance to win it for Holmwood and he did with a good save to his left.  This sparked huge celabration from both players and parents.

After collecting the winning medals in near darkness, AJ P-S was named the Player of the Tournament after his penalty save won it for Homlwood.

Welll done to all the boys involved. The team has really developed over the term and
are playing some excellent football. I would like to make special mention of Hamish I and Leo S who,
despite not enjoying playing in their defensive roles, did so with great skill and determination.

Mr Lesiak, Head of Boys Games