After many successful Senior fixtures with Moreton Hall over the last few years, it was great to have our Primary School pupils matching up with them for the first time.
The U11s playing on the Senior School playing fields scored after just 30 seconds when Loic capitalised on a mistake at the back to slot home. Any thoughts that the match would be easy were quickly put to bed as Moreton Hall passed the ball around with confidence, making CIS defend.
The defensive play from CIS was outstanding, with constant strong tackles from Bryan, and Isaac preventing many chances at the CIS goal. In attack, CIS failed to support the ball carrier and as a result found it hard to sustain any attack for to long, limiting themselves to individual efforts on goal. With the team constantly rotating to allow everyone some good game-time, CIS lacked rhythm.
At half time, CIS were 1-0 up and were defending brilliantly, including some fantastic saves from Sam in goal. The second half carried on in the same manner, the boys tracking every run and tackling hard to protect the lead. The equaliser came in unfortunate circumstances with Moreton Hall reacting quickest to a bouncing ball to score, while the keeper was on the floor. Erik was strong in defence, whilst Mason and Reagan maintained their width well to give CIS an outlet in attack.
The winning goal from Moreton Hall came from within their own half as a volley forward bounced over the stranded goal keeper and into the top of the net. It was hard for the boys to take, after such strong defence, but they bounced back and attacked a couple more times to search for the equaliser they deserved. Unfortunately it was't to be. Everyone can be pleased with their efforts and perseverance. Well done boys. (Mr Salt)