RPA Year 10 and 11 football teams came away from St Paul’s School on Thursday 20 March disappointed with 2-2 and 1-1 respectively. Both teams had numerous opportunities to win their matches, but were denied victory from either magnificent goalkeeping displays or by decisions not going their way.
Owen opened the score for RPA in the first half with a majestic 30 yard shot (historical measurement!) that would have been worthy of any ‘Goal of the Month’ competition. St. Paul’s equalised just before half time. Similarly supersub Tainton - a Year 9 student punching above his weight - scored an equally impressive goal having taken the pitch five minutes earlier. This lead was carried over well into the second half when a dubious penalty decision was awarded to St Paul’s, which they converted. Pundits might say that the draw was a fair result. However, both RPA teams came away with the distinct impression that they had played well enough to secure two winning results.
Year 11 scored in the first five minutes and remained in front for the majority of the game. St. Paul’s equalised, but Craig was denied a goal in the closing minutes as the offside flag was raised. In addition, Rasharn hit the woodwork with a superbly struck shot, unfortunately RPA were not able to break the deadlock despite outstanding performances from Jamie, Mason, Billie and William to name but a few. Once again the hospitality of St Paul’s was second to none providing post match refreshments which were eagerly consumed and appreciated by RPA players.