St Matthews boys guaranteed the title with a comfortable 2-0 win over local team Stopsley.
In a team comprising only Year 6 boys playing their final game for St Matthew’s, they started slowly, keeping the ball away from the Stopsley attack, having long range shots which were just going wide.
Humza, who had started the game as a sub, came on and gave St Matthew’s that extra spark in midfield they needed. With his first few touches of the ball, Humza found the back of the net with a finesse shot which beat the Stopsley goalkeeper. Stopsley’s defence were strong and hard to break down; Samy was running up and down the right wing before earning the team a corner. Humza stepped up to take the corner, delivering a low cross to the front post where Lewis poked the ball into the far post making the score 2-0.
The boys continued positively throughout the first half with Lukasz having shots and Blessing troubling the goalkeeper too. The Stopsley keeper kept his team in the game with his fantastic aerial ability.
The second half saw debuts for both Glen and Akeel. Glen, playing in defence, showed his discipline by staying back, knowing that his job was to stop the other team from scoring. Akeel nearly got his name on the score sheet, finding space behind the Stopsley defence. Throughout the match Lewis, who scored the second goal, also showed his discipline at the back, making decisive tackles and taking the ball forward. Humza controlled the midfield, communicating with his team and knocking the ball around with Oskar, Samy and Kougar-Blue. Mamadu also had a cracking game in both midfield and attack, making crucial interceptions.
Stopsley were a good team but the St Matthews boys were very disciplined and concentrated for the whole game. Humza was unlucky not to score more goals, frequently catching the ball on the half volley, but unfortunately the goalkeeper and defender managed to stop him from bagging more goals. Kacper, the St Matthew’s goalkeeper, made some tremendous saves ensuring that he kept that clean sheet. Lewis was named Man of the Match for his discipline and commitment to the team, breaking down the Stopsley attack and contributing to attacking movements. A standing ovation for both teams who entertained the supporters in what was a great game of football.
The St Matthew’s team continue their unbeaten run in 2014 to four games scoring twenty goals and conceding just two and thereby winning the league.
Team: Akeel, Blessing, Glen, Humza, Kacper, Kougar Blue, Lewis, Lukasz, Mamadu, Oskar (c), Samy
The victorious Year 6 team
The full Year 5 and 6 Boys Football Squad