U16’s Match Report
Moyles Court played three matches in their group all of which were very competitive. In the first match Moyles Court took an early lead against Ballard, a lead they were able to extend into a comfortable and well deserved 2 -0 victory. In the second game against Leehurst Swan, Moyles Court played some excellent football, but only managed a 1-1 draw. In our final game against Bournemouth Collegiate; the pre-tournament favourites, we produced our best football of the afternoon and ended up winning 1-0. As the results stood it meant that Moyles Court had to play Leehurst Swan in the semi-finals, a game which we ended up winning comfortably 4-1, which took us into the final against Bournemouth Collegiate. Unfortunately, luck was against us in the final and we ended up losing a closely contested game by 1-0. Credit should go to the whole squad for the way they played throughout the afternoon, but there should be a special mention to Jacob who scored 8 goals throughout the tournament, Connor who was outstanding in goal, Jake and Miguel, who both controlled much of the midfield and to Matthew who was a great captain.
U13 Match Report
Moyles Court played three matches in the group stages all of which were very competitive. In the first match Moyles Court went behind in the first half against Ballard, but due to an excellent goal from the half way line from Harry, we were able to end up drawing this game 1-1. In the second game against Forres Sandle Manor we lost a closely contested game 1-0 and in the final game against Bournemouth Collegiate we lost 2-0, therefore we did not progress beyond the group stage. Although we didn’t win any of our group matches, we did play some good football at times and we were very unlucky not to score anymore goals, despite plenty of possession at times and opportunities in front of goal.
Men-of-the-Match: Joshua and Harry
U11’s Match reports
Moyles Court vs Bournemouth Collegiate School – Edward was in goal and with a defence of Callum and Josh both in front of him to provide cover from the BCS attack. The tenacity in midfield from Harrison and Alex prevented BCS from forming any coherent attacks with much of the better play coming from Moyles Court. After a free kick was awarded for a goal kick which travelled over the half way line, Moyles Court conceded the first goal of the game when BCS opted to shoot from distance; a finely struck effort which sailed into the roof of the net. Moyles Court responded beautifully after remembering the instructions given to them prior to kick-off and didn’t let their heads drop after conceding. They scored within minutes after the kick-off with a splendid touch and finish from Edward after a through ball by Alex. The final score ended 1-1 with Moyles Court finishing very strong after an impressive performance which they can take a lot of positives from.
Man-of-the-Match: Callum for his strong defensive performance and organisation of the team.
Moyles Court vs Poulner – Moyles Court followed their strong start to the tournament with another impressive performance, this time against Poulner. The back three of Edward in goal and Callum and Josh remained intact as Moyles Court looked to build on some of the positives from the previous game. The match started off as a closely contested affair with Edward making a good save to keep the scores even, whilst Edward continued to enjoy his role as the main striker. However, the deadlock was finally broken when William controlled the ball with one touch, turned and buried the ball into the bottom corner of the net. Moyles Court School defended well and limited Poulner to only a few chances from range. Edward performed magnificently in goal and continued to keep Moyles Court in the lead, but could only watch as one effort passed by his finger-tips and ricocheted off the post before flying off to safety. The final score ended 1-0 to Moyles Court School.
Man-of-the-Match: was the winning goal scorer William with a goal which continues to highlight the fine development that he has made since joining the school.
Moyles Court vs The Park School – Moyles Court School refreshed their midfield line-up against The Park School with both Oliver and William starting the game. Harrison was pushed from midfield into the attacking role as Edward had picked up a minor injury and was in need of some rest after two impressive performances. The changes paid dividends as both Will and Harrison combined together to score for Moyles Court. A through-ball from Will evaded the Park defence and Harrison had a clean run through on goal. Showing excellent composure for a year four pupil against a largely year six team, Harrison planted the effort into the top corner of the goal to give Moyles Court the lead. It was again Edward who kept Moyles Court in the lead with a string of impressive saves in what would be his best performance to date. Callum and Josh continued to organise the team, with some excellent tackling and strong heading from both to give Moyles Court the victory.
Man-of-the-Match: Harrison for his fine finish, but Edward Hall should feel very proud for his efforts throughout the tournament.
Moyles Court vs St Francis – Moyles Court had a strong chance of progressing through the group stages as group winners and gave another brave performance, this time against St Francis. Both teams had a string of chances, with both Edward and Alex forcing fine saves from the opposition goalkeeper. St Francis also had chances of their own and were unlucky not to score the opening, if not for some fine goalkeeping work from Edward. The warning signs were there and finally the Moyles Court defence was breached when St Francis forced their way through the midfield and slotted the ball in from close range. Moyles Court responded well, with some excellent tackling from Oliver and Josh, who both aimed to start the play from deep. Edward saw an excellent struck penalty touched onto the bar by the goalkeeper whilst Josh had a head saved off the line very deep into the game. The chances continued to pile up, but Moyles Court had found a powerful adversary in the opposition goalkeeper. Finally, the whistle was blown and Moyles Court had lost the game 1-0. They could take heart from this performance and were unlucky not to score at least one goal with what was arguably their strongest attacking performance of the tournament.
Man-of-the-Match: Josh for his fine all-round performance.
Moyles Court vs Buckholme Towers – Moyles Court ended the group stages with 7 points. They were one point away from finishing joint top and unfortunately were one goal short of the second placed team, meaning that they would be unable to progress through the main tournament. However, there were still medals up for grabs and they were up against Buckholme Towers in the next game. The team consisted of the same line-up as the first match against BCS, with Edward leading the attack. The match was close and there were very little chances for both teams. Oliver came on in midfield and added some much needed steel to break up some of the Buckholme play, but the two teams cancelled each other out. The match was decided just past the halfway point when a soft penalty was given for a foul on the edge of the box. Edward, for all of his great performances, was unable to keep out the resulting penalty and the ball found its way into the back of the net. Moyles Court persevered and created chances of their own, but Buckholme defended strongly and in numbers to clinch the victory. The final score was Moyles Court School 0 – 1 Buckholme Towers.
Man-of-the-Match: was Edward for his hard work, effort and ability to also track back and defend when needed.
Final thoughts: The tournament was an extremely positive experience for Moyles Court School, who performed well throughout the group stages and were unlucky not to progress. The build-up play was positive, with Moyles Court always looking to pass and play the ball forward, whilst the defence, team work ethic and solidarity of the side was some of the best that has been seen in recent times. Each player did themselves, their team and their school proud. Well done.