Year 7 won the Harry Wynne Cup with a 2 – 1 win over Highfield in an exciting final. It meant that they finished unbeaten in the competition conceding just one goal.
St Mary’s started well with a 4 – 0 over Unity. They dominated throughout creating numerous chances with some fantastic free flowing football. Finney finished off great linking moves between Henshall and Powell, who were a constant threat. In defence Clacher and Herbert snuffed out any threat that Unity provided and were solid at the back. After half time Roper made several strong runs down the right hand side providing several goal scoring opportunities.
In their second game they beat South Shore academy 5 – 0 with an even better performance. Pacheco looked assured at the back and Dylan and Tyler Alunan twins were outstanding winning every tackle and providing great service to the front two. Fadairo dominated midfield going close several times, whilst Foster had several shots on goal.
Highfield had won both their group games 2 – 0 and looked a strong team. The first half of the final was nip and tuck, St Mary’s just edging it with several clearcut chances that were not converted. Helm looked very assured in goal.
0 -0 at half time and the first goal was going to be crucial. Unfortunately it was Highfield that broke the deadlock to take the lead. An early test in the season to see what response would come from the team. Heads certainly didn’t drop!! It seemed to take St Mary’s to another level and they deservedly equalised with a Henshall thunderbolt. They continued to dominate and took the lead when Henshall scored what turned out to be the winning goal. Despite some late pressure from Highfield St Mary’s hung on to register their first success.
A great team effort, all twelve players were outstanding, extremely well behaved and a credit to St Mary’s. A great start to what could be a very good season. Thank you to all the parents for their support and Erin Muir for her help.
Congratulations to Keegan Helm, Tyler Alunan, Dylan Alunan, Karl Pacheco, Fabio Herbert, James Clacher, Jack Roper, Corey Foster, Ryan Powell, Dylan Henshall, Matthew Finney, Jake Wilson, Sheick Fadairo.