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Posted on October 19th 2016
Football - HBAED 3 Sacred Heart 1
As the regularity of our fixtures begin to pick up, the Year 7 football team produced their most secure display of the term to date.
The first half provided some interesting passages of play. However, as it came to a close at 0-0, it became evident that this would be a game that went down to the wire.
During the half time break, we made a fair assessment that the opposition were better than us man for man, but that the game was there to be won if we could play with greater team cohesion.
Storming out of the blocks, we took control of the game with sharper and more direct use of the ball. This approach saw the ball find the feet of Nehemiah 15 yards from goal, who dropped a shoulder, leaving the Sacred back line trailing, only to watch him slide the ball past their goalkeeper. At 1-0, HBAED looked poised, with the impetus of their first leading to a quick second from Rowland who, as in previous weeks, led the front line with real quality and made life very difficult for Sacred Heart.
Following two substitutions, Israel came on to make an immediate impact, skipping past a defender to make the opposition pay for some sloppy play.
Although 3-0 down, Sacred Heart were valiant in their attempts to come back from their deficit, however this is where our back line really shone. Ahmed produced three incredible saves, with the standout being a close range volley acrobatically saved as it was heading for the top corner.
Sacred Heart continued to pile on the pressure, nicking a late goal with five minutes to go which could have been a stumbling block for the boys. However, Nashawn, Leo and Jeffrey remained resilient, repelling all attacks and taking us towards another victory.
Man of the Match: Ahmed - an imperious display between the sticks. Rarely will you see a performance as assured as this in school football. Show-stopping saves, excellent distribution and a performance that kept us in a dominant position.
Stepping up: Nashawn & Leo - two individuals who demonstrated confidence and reliance in the back line. Their ability to read the play against a dangerous side really strengthened out chances of a positive result.