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Year 8s get RSSP league campaign off to a convincing start

posted 7 Mar 2017, 06:28 by Phil Broughton   [ updated 7 Mar 2017, 06:30 ]
On Tuesday 28 February RPA's Year 8 boys football team travelled to Orleans Park School for their first league game of the Richmond Schools football competition. A late afternoon downpour had led to a slightly boggy playing surface but that didn't stop RPA from playing some attractive football.

The first half came and went in a flash with RPA largely in the ascendancy and creating good opportunities to score through Joseph and Shane's industrious play. Orleans Park's goalkeeper made some good saves from Jamie and Callum to keep the scores level at half time and RPA managed to limit the opposition's threat to a couple of dangerous counter attacks. Mr Harrison stressed the need for patience at half time and the breakthrough would come and five minutes into the second half it did.

RPA continued to pile the pressure on at the start of the second half and forced the Orleans defence into conceding an indirect free kick after the goalkeeper picked up a back pass. Shane stepped up to strike the ball powerfully at goal and after a wicked deflection, the ball hit the back of the net. RPA 1-0 to the good. RPA continued to dominate and some excellent performances in defence from Miles, Iwan, George, Matthew, Bless and Aaron snuffed out any potential Orleans attack and provided RPA's dangerous midfield with good quality possession in which to launch attack after attack. A good move down the right-hand side saw Joseph beat his man and square the ball for Jamie to finish neatly into the bottom left-hand corner. RPA 2-0.

The third goal arrived after the best move of the game from RPA. Callum, five minutes after coming on to play up front, broke well down the left-hand side after another great through ball from the RPA midfield. A perfect cross from Callum picked out Joseph inside the Orleans penalty area and he finished high into the roof of the net without breaking stride. RPA 3-0. A thoroughly deserved goal for Joseph after a fantastic all round display. The RPA midfield continued to dominate through captain Oliver, Taha and Harvey and after forcing a number of corners, Miles scored a powerful downward header into the corner of the goal, 4-0 to RPA. A clean sheet for Andy in goal in which he organised his defence well and dealt with some dangerous through balls from the opposition. A great performance all round from the team as they warm up for a Surrey Cup quarter-final against Fullbrook School and their next league match against Christ's School in two weeks time.

Squad - Andy, Iwan, George, Miles, Aaron, Joseph, Oliver, Taha, Shane, Callum, Jamie, Bless, Harvey, Matthew H.

Player of the Match - lots of potential candidates but Joseph for his dangerous attacking play.