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
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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