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Football fixture round-up

posted 4 Oct 2016, 07:20 by Phil Broughton
The Year 7/8 girls started their football campaign against Grey Court School with an inspired 2-1 victory for the A-team, whilst the B-team, comprising of some very promising Year 7s, were beaten soundly 5-0.

The Year 7 boys had a baptism of fire in their first ever fixture, being drawn away to George Abbott School in Guildford. They showed a great deal of potential but were outclassed, going down 7-2. They will play their National Cup match in the next two weeks as they had a bye in the first round.

The Year 9 boys advanced safely to the second round of the Surrey Cup on Monday 3 October with a commanding 8-0 demolition of Southborough High School. Despite missing some key players, RPA produced an excellent all-round performance, with Ronni starring with four excellent goals. They will play Winston Churchill School in the National Cup next week, which will be a much more testing fixture.

Year 10 bowed out of both Surrey and National Cups last week despite putting up solid performances in both matches. Monday's game v Bishop Challoner School saw two very evenly matched teams play some expansive football. RPA defended stoutly and were unlucky to concede via a free kick that just crept into the corner despite a valiant effort from Ehtsham in goal. Chris managed the back four well with Syd and Levi linking up with second half substitute Charlie to cause the visitors problems. Unfortunately, the final ball let RPA down and they didn't do enough to test the opposition goalkeeper. Pushing hard for the equaliser they were beaten by the classic sucker-punch with the last kick of the game to undeservedly lose 2-0. The National Cup game at Hollyfield School was also tighter than the disappointing 5-2 scoreline suggested. Decimated by injuries to key players Charlie and Levi, RPA battled well to get back into the game at 2-1, but couldn't maintain their momentum when the crucial fourth goal went to the hosts. It was a gallant performance under difficult circumstances - and they are always a pleasure to take to a match and/or officiate! They look forward to the Richmond Cup draw and their league season later in the year.

Year 11 also had a tough week in terms of results. They lost a heartbreaker 5-4 on penalties after finishing 0-0 at the end of regulation versus a strong Gordon's team in the National Cup. Both teams created some excellent chances in a game high on quality. Having said that, the standout performer was Shafeeq in goal, who made a handful of absolutely world class saves. In my (too) many years of coaching/refereeing school matches, I've never seen a goalkeeping performance as good as his. It was unfortunate that he didn't stand a chance with any of the penalties, and it came down to a miss by Kyle, who had an excellent match, that sent the hosts out.

Their second match was a league game at Christ's School. RPA started up the slope and into the sun, which was a huge handicap. They were exposed by Christ's pacy striker committing the cardinal footballing sin of letting the ball bounce. RPA responded brilliantly and created a host of excellent chances which somehow failed to find the net. They were undone by an excellent headed goal from a corner to go into the break trailing 2-0. The second half saw the possession and chances swing around and RPA pressed and pressed, getting the breakthrough from Mohamed. They looked certain to go on and win it when they left the back door unlocked again to concede a soft goal which looked to have them dead and buried until Dillon popped up to make it 3-2 and breathe new life into the final minutes. Kyle hit the bar with the goal gaping and RPA saw three other chances go agonisingly close but the final attack of the game saw Christ's punt the ball downfield and seal their victory with their fourth goal. There were many good performances but man of the match was Jay. They look to get their campaign back on track when they play Southborough High School on Friday in the Surrey Cup.