This term, United Learning held the Southern Schools U13’s Boys 7-a-side football tournament, organised through the United Sport initiative. The winning team will play the Northern winners in June at St Georges Park!
Two Shoreham Academy pupils, Callum and Billy, write about the day.
We arrived at school at 7am where we met our fellow teammates and Mr Weedon. After everyone had arrived we set off towards Bournemouth - it took us about 2 ½ hours. When we arrived we got straight into our kit and out for the preparation for our first game against Bournemouth Collegiate School B Team.
It didn’t take us long to get our first goal , scored by Callum, and our second, scored by Theo, came only two minutes after the last. We were 3-0 up by half time, with Callum scoring his second of the match. After half time BCS B conceded another two goals, one by Charlie and an own goal.
The second game we came up against Glenmoor & Winton Academies who lost their last game against Nova Hreod Academy, so Shoreham had high hopes, until Glenmoor & Winton bagged their second goal of the tournament. 1-0 to Winton. Shoreham went into half time 1-0 down. Mr Weedon gave his team a motivational speech that got their heads back up. Glenmoor & Winton took kick off but Shoreham instantly won it back leading to Charlie’s first goal of the game and second of the tournament. It’s the last few minutes of the game when Shoreham are attacking down the wing; they cross it in straight to the feet of Charlie to bag his second of the game and win it for Shoreham.
In the last game of the group stages we came up against Nova Hreod Academy, a very good football team. We went 1-0 up with stunning ball from Charlie straight to Callum’s feet who slotted it in for his third of the tournament. After the goal Nova Hreod came back to win 3-1, Shoreham went through to the semi-final in second place.
We came up against The Regis School in the semi-finals who came top of their group. We started off the game in a 2-3-1 formation. The Regis School instantly went on the attack from kick off with some nice play there striker found himself free and banged it home to put The Regis School 1-0 up. Toby had no chance. We got to half time and everyone’s heads were down and Mr Weedon made some changes to his line-up. It was late in the game and Shoreham were pushing and Billy got clear and scored a late equaliser what took it to extra time but even that couldn’t separate the two teams. It went to penalties.
The Regis School took first and Toby pulled out an amazing save. Charlie stepped up first and scored his penalty and put it into the bottom right corner. They step up for their second and score a great penalty into the left side of the goal. Harrison was up next and he puts it into the bottom left corner. Shoreham are leading 2-1 and the next player steps up - if he misses then it’s all over for The Regis School, but he scores. Joe, Shoreham’s captain, steps up to the penalty spot. If he scores Shoreham go through to the final... and he scores, slotting it bottom left well out of the keeper’s reach.
Shoreham go through to the final!
All the Shoreham team were buzzing for the final and the thought of playing at the England training ground, St Georges Park. Shoreham were against Nova Hreod Academy in the final, the same two finalists from the year before. Nova Hreod beat Shoreham in the group game so were quite relaxed about playing them, but Shoreham weren’t going to let them win this time.
Shoreham kick off with a high tempo. After a tight half Nova Hreod and Shoreham go into half time tied at 0-0. With about five minutes left of the game Nova Hreod pressed up high leaving Charlie free in Nova’s half. Toby collects the ball and sees Charlie open up the field, He kicks over all the Nova heads and the ball lands at Charlie’s feet who slots it home. Shoreham go wild! With still three minutes left to go Nova Hreod were attacking with force but Shoreham were putting their bodies on the line. As the final whistle goes Shoreham cheer and go in to celebrate with each other.
Shoreham win medals for every player and even get a signed banner from Southampton squad. We got in the minibus and everyone was so excited for St Georges Park.