festival squad


They say that football is a game of two halves, but for Hackney Under 11's, their 24th visit to Jersey proved to be a Festival of two half weeks. The team lost their first three games but then were all conquering for the final three.
The weather played its part in their opening game as hosts Jersey romped home 4-0 in teacherous conditions. Bath & West Wilts were the opposition for the second game and their ability to combine pace with accuracy proved just too much for Hackney in  a 2-1 success. Next came Plymouth and their physical approach countered Hackney's delicate passing style and took them to a 2-0 victory.
The tide turned in the next match as Hackney outplayed Essex champions and Southern Counties Cup finalists, Thurrock, in a thrilling 4-1 win, the pick of the goals coming from Orchard School's Connor Alloway while at the other end, goalkeeper Stas Butler's confident display frustrated the Thurrock strike force.
Hackney then had a comfortable 3-1 win over Chiltern & South Bucks,  Mohammadu Faal's pace and crisp finishing bringing him two of the goals.
Old rivals Gloucester provided stiff opposition for the final match and were sharper in most areas of the pitch in the opening stages and went ahead just before the interval. Hackney provided a swift response when Chaynie Fage-Burgin (St. :Paul's with St. Michaels) surged forward, rounding three defenders before unleashing an unstoppable 25 yard drive which gave the goalkeeper no chance. At 1-1, both sides pressed for the winner and Hackney's defenders were at kept at full stretch until skipper Sean Clare (William Patten) embarked on a fifty yard run on the left to play in Mohammadu Faal for a hard-fought winner and brought the Holmleigh School striker's tally for the season to twenty.
All in all, a very satisfactory finish to the Festival and to the season for Hackney Under 11's.
Hackney squad:  Butler, Brown, Cunningham (Betty Layward), Fage-Burgin (St. Paul's with St. Michael's), Kinoshi (Woodberry Down), Efete, Morgan (Rushmore), Milenge (Brook), Ouriaghli, Gomes Co (Gayhurst),Primmet, Gordon (Daubeney), James (Jubilee), Clare, Capt. (William Patten), Shepherd, Samuel-Lucas (Grazebrook), Faal, Shalders-Gayle (Holmleigh), Diniz (St. Scholastica's) Alloway (Orchard).

Hackney 0, Jersey 4
Bath & West Wilts 2, Hackney 1 (Shalders-Gayle)
Hackney 0, Plymouth2
Hackney 4, (Clare, Alloway (2), Shalders-Gayle) Thurrock 1
Chiltern & South Bucks 1, Hackney 3 (Faal 2, Samuel-Lucas)
Gloucester 1, Hackney 2 (Fage-Burgin, Faal)

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