12 May 2017
King's U15 Football Team are District Schools Winners
Our U15 boys made a strong start to this highly competitive final in front of a supportive crowd at Bishops Lydeard FC yesterday afternoon.
Facing a physical and
skillful Heathfield side, King’s started on the front foot and took an early
lead when pressure from James Candfield forced the keeper into an error and
allowed him to finish from close range.
Heathfield leveled early in
the second half before Candfield grabbed his second within five minutes when he
out-jumped the defence and headed in from six yards.
King’s continued to be a
threat in an end-to-end finish and could have increased their lead but for an
outstanding response by the Heathfield goalkeeper and defenders who cleared
their lines on at least three occasions.
With less than 30 seconds of
normal time to go, a long range free kick was driven high and deep into the
penalty area producing a fine double save from Tom Hall but Heathfield reacted
first to the loose ball and forced the ball over the line and the game was
Extra time saw King’s
continue to create chances and produce some excellent football, but the added
period finished goal less and so penalties loomed.
The game was won when Tom
Hall, having converted a spot kick, then composed himself to pull off a fine
This was an outstanding team
performance and the culmination of a hard-fought campaign that sees King’s win
its first ever District Schools title in any age group.
The entire team are to be
congratulated, but the player of the match was Captain Joe Gill, who not only
worked tirelessly in midfield covering all areas of the pitch in the process,
but led his team throughout.
The team are:
- Tom Hall
- Thomas Flavin
- Matthew Harrison
- Alec Hayton
- Michael Link (Vice-Capt)
- Joseph Rutherford
- Joseph Gill (Capt)
- Louis Stanbury
- James Candfield
- George Adkinson
- William Brooke-Webb
- Reuben Lindsay-Smith
- Benjamin Luxton
- William Oxland
- Greg Perkins
- Joseph Messenger