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Rampant RPA book place in Borough Final

posted 23 Apr 2015, 01:54 by Phil Broughton   [ updated 23 Apr 2015, 01:56 ]
Rampant RPA booked their place in the Borough Final of the RSSP Football League with an emphatic victory over  St Richard Reynolds Catholic College (SRRCC) last Friday. RPA could not have timed their best performance of the season any better as they went into this game needing a victory by three goals or more in order to qualify for the Borough Final.

Year 7 Football League
Friday 17 April 2015
Richmond Park Academy 9 Sir Richard Reynolds Catholic College 0
Report by Mr Harrison

The first ten minutes of the game were closely fought and both teams had early opportunities to score but Danny and the SRRCC goalkeeper proved up to the challenge. After 15 minutes, the deadlock was broken. JJ made some good progress down RPA's left-hand side and managed to engineer some space to whip a powerful cross into the box. His cross was met by Mason, who came steaming in from the right wing to head home from close range. RPA 1-0 up.

RPA only had to wait another seven minutes before they got their second and were two thirds of the way to the scoreline they needed. Shakwarne finishing expertly in a one on one situation with his less favoured right foot. Two minutes later and RPA pulled further away, Shakwarne again with the goal. A superb curling effort with his left foot into the top corner of the SRRCC net. Half time - RPA 3-0 up and Mr Harrison decided this was the time to let the team know that if things stayed the same RPA would be going through to the final. How would the team react?

RPA came out for the second half with a determination to put the result beyond doubt. SRRCC had no answer to RPA's powerful midfield quartet of Ronni, Nicolai, Mason and JJ. After only three minutes of the second half RPA had bagged their fourth. Jaiden notching his first goal for the school after following up a powerful shot by Nicolai which the SRRCC keeper couldn't hang on to. RPA scored their second in the space of three minutes with arguably the goal of the game. Nicolai picking up the ball near the halfway line, showing some excellent footwork to beat four men and then finish well with his right foot. RPA 5-0 up and surely there was no way back for SRRCC.

Although the game seemed to be beyond SRRCC, they continued to throw numerous long balls forward in search of the goal that would bring them back into the game. RPA's centre half pairing of Joao and Finn were solid and repelled everything that came their way, whilst Jack and Noah provided excellent outlets at both full back berths. After 18 minutes of the second half the game was put beyond all doubt as RPA scored their sixth goal and Mason his second. A powerful right footed finish that the opposition keeper had no chance with. It only took Mason one minute to complete his hat-trick when he slotted home from an acute angle into the corner of the net.

With the game seemingly safe Mr Harrison rotated the squad and Lloyd, Jesse and Freddie all came on to maintain the pressure on SRRCC. Freddie grabbed RPA's eighth of the game with a great header from a good cross from Mason. Just before the final whistle RPA rounded off the scoring with probably their most scrappy goal. The SRRCC goalkeeper parrying the ball high into the air before either Noah or Mason bundled the ball over the line... ...both of them are claiming the goal!

A fantastic performance and well done to the whole squad. Onto the final which will be played at a semi professional ground!

Squad - Danny, Noah, Finn, Joao, Jack, Mason, Nicolai, Ronni, Shakwarne, JJ, Jaiden, Freddie, Jesse, Lloyd