Match report: Year 11 Football President’s Plate Semi Final

The Marches School 5 – 2 Telford Priory School

Wednesday 11th March

~Match report Mr Pritchard.

I am going to enjoy writing this one!

Hardened fans of reading the match reports will know that last season, Telford Priory School were a real thorn in our side and knocked us out of the County Cup.

I am sure the disappointment the boys felt last year drove them to success this evening – what a performance from every member of the squad! Students in the school have been very keen of late to constantly remind me of how good Liverpool FC have been this season, however, not even their form can be compared to our boys through this campaign.

The Marches team started brilliantly, on the front foot all over the pitch, first to every ball. Toby started his man of the match display (again) by pouncing on a defensive error after 2 minutes, skinning the centre back and arrowing a left footed shot into the corner. Talismanic Tom was flying down the left wing and it seemed inevitable the right back would have to foul him – the penalty came and Tom coolly slotted it away. The Telford Priory star player – who almost single handily beat us last year started to become more involved and scored a good goal from nothing to get Telford back into the game. He then created another goal for a teammate after his free-kick led to a goalmouth scramble and the equaliser. In years gone by the boys would have folded under the rejuvenated opponents who now had their tails up. We defended admirably, as we did throughout, to make it to half time at 2-2.

After a few reminders of what we are good at, at half time, the boys were magnificent in the second half carrying themselves so well. The third goal, to give us the lead again, must be a contender for the FIFA Puskas Award (awarded to the best goal in the world in any given year). A perfectly struck free-kick from a tight angle from the magical right boot of Toby – he should be given the Head Boy job as a reward – sorry Arron. Supersub Drew Brennan added a fourth as he so often does when he comes on from the bench. Talismanic Tom also added a fifth to add some gloss to the score line.

Very hard to pick out individuals for praise, except my new hero Toby, but the spine of the team were so strong – James and Kian at the heart of the defence won every tackle and headed every ball, Charlie and Olly won the midfield battle – even if they did finish a little bruised and Big Billy leading the line was so strong.

The boys are so deserving of their place in the final, more details to come on this – but attention now turns to the Shropshire Cup Semi Final on the 25th March against Idsall School – who come with a big reputation as a very strong team. They will have to be good to beat this bunch of players on home turf.

Posted by marchesadmin on 12th March 2020, under Marches

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