Fixture 2 South London football Tournament
Thursday January 14th 2016
The St Johns over 16 football teams were back in action this week, competing in the south London special league. Our previous trip to the competition had given us mixed results with one of our teams winning group B and the other team being given a lesson in football by teams that were well drilled and excellently organised in group A. Our teams have been training hard under their new managers Paul Byrne and Tim Atkins to be able to compete in this very strong league and on a freezing cold day our B team began their first match playing some beautiful positional football straight from the training ground. They played out of their skins and exceptional goals from Adrian and Terrence helped them beat the opposition 3-0.
Team A were also in action against a very strong college team from south London and showed a vast improvement, being pipped in the last few minutes by a suspect penalty. This was after Dave hit the post and Hassan whistled a wonder strike just the wrong side of the upright. Our team lost 1-0 to the eventual winners.
Team B seemed to get stronger and stronger with every game and Sam ’s performance in goal was flawless. After winning the second game 2 -0 all swung on the final game against a team that were also unbeaten. A hard fought contest ended in a draw so it was down to goal difference to see who would be taking home the gold medal. By a single goal we were beaten into a well-deserved second position.
Team A had learnt their lesson from the previous tournament and in the second game, got the break that they had trained so hard for. A magic goal from Billy helped the team win the game comfortably 4-1.They then went on to draw the next match 1-1 and in the final game, when they had given everything they were just beaten with a single goal. Team A finished just outside the medals in third position although with such a turnaround from the previous tournament the St John’s team are looking at the day’s competition as an outstanding success. To top off the excellent performances from both of our teams Kara was awarded the fair play medal for the way that she integrated with the other teams.
Well done to all of the St John’s Tigers.