Their first game was against an impressive Aylward Academy side who caught RPA napping with a blitzkrieg attack that netted two goals in the opening minutes. Although shell-shocked, RPA responded with some silky one touch football to halve the deficit with an excellent Unai strike before half time. They scored again early in the second half through Dillon and had Kaine in goal to thank for retaining parity as the game ended 2-2.
Their second match resulted in a very confident display and RPA ran out deserved 2-0 victors against Bexley Heath although they were fortunate not to rue missed chances when the final standings were calculated.
The third match saw RPA start in lightning fashion, creating five clear openings in the first half. Through a combination of outstanding goalkeeping and profligate finishing, the half time score was 0-0. As so often happens in football, Nightingale came out a different team and after forcing a pair of world class reaction saves from Kaine, predictably took the lead and immediately followed up with a second. Heads didn't drop, but RPA just couldn't find the quality to get back in the game.
Congratulations to Kaine, Unai, Dillon, Joel, Lewis, Kyle, Shafeeq, Jake
Meanwhile, the Year 9 players who have been selected for the AET Lions squad attended a training session run by the Tottenham Hotspur's coaching staff, also held in the dome. They are preparing for several fixtures that are scheduled for the new year and an overseas trip is in the process of being planned.
Squad: Tainton, Alban, Nick, Daniel, Qerim, Tommy