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Posted on November 10th 2016
Football - Ernest Bevin 5 HBAED 3
Following a string of positive results for the Year 7 squad, their highest profile fixture to date came on the afternoon of the 9th November in the South London Cup, away to Ernest Bevin.
Early pressure from our opponents proved a challenge for our back line to withstand and with much of the possession being kept in our own half it became inevitable that the deadlock would soon break.
Midway through the first half, the superior physicality of the Ernest Bevin attack finally prevailed, with their star player finding the back of the net. The remainder of the first half saw little in the way of respite for our starting line up, trailing by four goals until a composed finish from Michael took us in at half time 4-1 down.
With much to discuss at the break, the team entered the second half with a renewed impetus, matching our opponents in every physical battle and starting to play forward-thinking football more regularly. Some tidy play through the middle of the park saw Bilal draw back one more, followed by a precision finish from Jermaine, an apt way to round off a spirited 15 minutes. The deficit did however prove to be too much to claw back from after Ernest Bevin countered our attacking play and put the proverbial nail in the coffin, making the final score 5-3.
Man of the Match: Rowland. Given the unenviable task in the second half of marking their best and most physical player, he did it with real quality and reduced our opponents ability to score.
Stepping up: Israel. After being left the disadvantageous position of having no goalkeeper for the fixture, Israel stepped forward and placed himself in the position, growing in to the game making some excellent instinctive saves.