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Improved Year 8 boys victorious in pulsating encounter

posted 14 Apr 2015, 01:49 by Phil Broughton   [ updated 14 Apr 2015, 01:56 ]
The Year 8 football team have improved massively and have been a pleasure to coach according to our PE teacher, Mr Macklin. Here is his report of their tremendous convincing victory over Twickenham Academy:

RSSP Year 8 Football League
Tuesday 24 March 2015
Richmond Park Academy 5 Twickenham Academy 2
Report by Mr Macklin

A football
RPA picked up their first victory of the season in a pulsating game at the expense of pre-match favourites Twickenham Academy. All five of RPA’s goals were scored by Chris, whose Man of the Match display gave the team plenty of cheer on the eastward journey home. The togetherness and fighting spirit of the team was evident on a day when victory was vital if RPA were to climb from the foot of the table. The large artificial pitch made for an attractive spectacle, with both sides displaying attacking intent and crisp passing ability from the first whistle.

The first goal came midway through the first half, after neat interchanges between Carlos, Chris and Sidney led to Chris bearing down on the keeper before coolly slotting into the bottom left-hand corner. However, Twickenham responded quickly, with their female attacking midfielder, and arguably best player, thumping home from 20 yards, giving Abdul no chance between the posts. The half time score of 1-1 showed a fair reflection, despite RPA’s dominance in possession.

The second half quickly sprung into life, and substitute referee Mr Harrison awarded a spot-kick to RPA seven minutes after the restart when Akin was upended in the box following a reckless challenge from the Twickenham centre half. Chris confidently converted as RPA regained the lead for the second time in the match. RPA continued to press, and Chris grabbed his hat-trick with a superbly taken finish from 15 yards following some innocuous defending. However, Twickenham hit back with 15 minutes left to play; RPA cheaply gifting possession before a mazy run and finish allowed the Twickenham midfielder to pick up her second of the afternoon.

As Twickenham pressed for an equaliser, RPA struck the killer blow, when some neat work from Leon found Chris 25 yards out to the left hand side of the penalty area, and he finished emphatically to regain the two goal cushion. RPA weren’t finished there though, and Chris concluded his quintet of strikes with some individual brilliance following some tidy play from Kwarme and Leon. The final whistle bought jubilant scenes as RPA got off the mark for the season. Improvement in defensive stability, excellent one-touch football and eagerness to win the ball meant RPA were clear and deserved winners in this Championship encounter.

Team: Abdul, Hassan, Jake, Charlie, Ehtsham, Carlos, Levi, Chris, Emils, Sindey, Akin, Ryan, Leon and Kwarme