Our U9s are Champions of the Caterham Prep School Tournament 2014!

Elmhurst School for Boys

17th October 2014 | Sport

On Saturday 4 October, the U9s football team took part in the annual tournament hosted by Caterham Prep School. The team consisted of Oliver Wilcox in goal, Oscar Sweeney and Akbar Makhmudov (replaced by Joseph Unumuemu for the last two matches) in defence, Temu Liburd-Appiah, Andrew Dowsett and Isiah Opara in midfield with Tobi Ogunyemi as the striker. The pool in which Elmhurst had been drawn looked like a strong pool with Hazelwood, Hawthorns and Royal Russell in the group.

Elmhurst’s first match was against Hazelwood and, although it finished 0-0, collectively we were pleased not to have conceded against a very strong and organised team.

We then had to play Hawthorns who had just beaten Royal Russell. Again, the match finished 0-0. We were disappointed not to have scored as we had created a number of chances. We realised at that we could still qualify for the knock out stages, second in our group, if we could beat Royal Russell in our last pool match. It was a tense game with both teams creating chances in the first half, but it was a wonderful run, shot and goal from, arguably our best player, winger Andrew Dowsett, in the last minute of the game, that gave us the win and we were through to the semi-final.

In the semi-final we faced the hosts Caterham, who had dominated their group beating Lindfield Notre Dame, Oakhyrst Grange and City of London, Freeman’s to take them through to the semi-final. In the first half Caterham dominated possession, but some excellent defensive work from all our players and some good saves from Oliver in goal kept us in the game. At half time the Elmhurst boys were feeling pleased with their performance and they felt that if they were to have one chance to score that they could be through to the final. In the second half, every player was working hard to try and win the game and when the opportunity came to score a goal it was Andrew again who provided the finish. We managed to reach the end of the game and win 1-0!

The final was against Hazelwood who we had played in the first game of the tournament. Again it was a tense 0-0 draw at full time and this meant that the two teams would have to face a penalty shoot out to decide the winning team. The three players who put themselves forward were Andrew, Oscar and Temu. The first Hazelwood penalty taker stepped up and struck the ball straight at Oliver and he held it. Andrew stepped up and scored his penalty! If our other two boys could both score, then we would win the tournament! No other saves were made and Elmhurst had won!

Elmhurst U9s, Champions of the Caterham Prep School Tournament 2014! Congratulations!

Mr. A. J. Padfield

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