Benjamin Hargreaves reach the Semi Finals!
After a shaky start, Benjamin Hargreaves football team gained momentum and confidence to reach the Semi Finals of the Hyndburn School’s Cup last night (Monday 1st October), before we were sadly knocked out.
The first match saw us face a very strong Peel Park team, and they deservedly beat us 2-0. However, the boys showed great resilience and defeated a very organised St. Anne’s and St. Joseph’s in the second game 2-0, with George surprising their keeper with a sublime left foot shot from the edge of the area, whilst William made his dominant right wing runs pay off with a super second goal. Joshua made some timely last ditch tackles and Aydin pulled off some great saves, whilst Jacob, Cian and Cole ran their socks off in midfield - we were beginning to look a team to be feared.
Brimming with confidence the boys started their third game by constantly pressurising Green Haworth, and it was only a matter of time before they cracked. William scoring our first goal whilst Ahmed bagged a well deserved hat trick before William made it 5 – 0!
The Quarter Final, against St. Bart’s, was a much tighter match, with both teams evenly matched. Aidin pulled off some stunning saves whilst William and Joshua managed to keep their strikers at bay with some excellent defending. In the final few seconds, Ahmed went on one of his skilful dribbles and drew a handball from one of their defenders. Without deliberation, William hammered the spot kick in the bottom corner and we were through to the Semi’s!
St.Peter and St.Paul’s kicked off the Semi against us and immediately scored with a lucky deflected shot, and we had an uphill battle on our hands. Again, St.Peter’s showed their strength by pinning us back and soon scored their second directly from a free kick. Despite some goal keeping heroics from Aydin, the opposition scored the third goal seconds from time before Cole made their keeper make a smart save.
Unfortunately, that is where our run ended but the boys certainly did themselves proud and I was extremely proud of their attitude, resilience and team spirit. Well done boys!