On Monday 13th May, our Year 8 footballers played in the Manchester Boys Championship Playoff Final. They had won all 6 of their league matches this season and played Loreto for the title. After a very positive start where we hit the post FOUR times, Adama broke the deadlock with a great header from a corner. Ali got a quick second soon after the first while Dermaio added a third before half-time.
After a nervous start to the second half where Loreto played very well, Ethan got a fourth on the break to ensure we held a strong lead. Loreto once again showed their battling qualities to get a penalty before Ali added his second to leave the score at 5-1 with 10 minutes to go. However, Loreto refused to give up, scoring another penalty and a deflected shot to make the game 5-3 with 3 minutes to go. Despite the pressure at the back and a few nerves, Ali broke away and completed his hat-trick with the final kick of the game to make it a 6-3 victory for Burnage.
Credit must go to many of the lads but Alex was highlighted by the Manchester School PE Association for his excellent play in central midfield. The boys have worked hard throughout this season and it is great to see it rewarded with a trophy at the end. We will now compete in the Premier League next season after our excellent league campaign. Thanks must go to Mr Musampa and Mr Stainton as well for coaching the boys all season.
Scroll down for some great photos from the game.
Our roving reporter Mohammed was on hand to provide live-tweets, half-time updates and post-match interviews. He has written his end of season review, including the final, below:
Burnage Brings it home
We all know what happened last year – Burnage was knocked out of the league after only a couple of matches. But after some good coaching and
some changes to the team, Burnage managed to pull it together and come back stronger in Year 8.
The new season began and Burnage soon racked up the wins and have not lost a match this season, making it to the final of the Championship against tough opponents in Loreto High School.
The match began and I could already feel the competitive sense in the air. 10 minutes in and it was still 0-0. Adama with good reading of the game managed to score from a corner, putting us in the lead 1-0. After only a couple of minutes more, Ali came through with an amazing goal with some little footwork to put us 2-0 up. Dermaio with an excellent goal from outside the box and Ethan from a good position managed to put it in the back of the net, before two late goals from Ali got our fifth and sixth goals. Loreto replied with three goals, including two penalties.
At the end of the day we all had fun and it finished with a 6-3 win for Burnage! A huge thank you to Mr Musampa and Mr Stainton for good coaching, thanks to Loreto for being such good sports, and thanks to all the teachers who came to support.