Year 7 Football Team are National Champions!
On Saturday 11 May Cardinal Heenen's Year 7 football team travelled to the Hive Training Academy in north London. This was the culmination of nine rounds in the Danone National Cup which had brought them to this final against Emerson Sports College from Havering, London.
The game kicked off at 10:30am and Cardinal Heenan stamped their authority on the game from the first whistle. Dean Taylor was quick to get a grip of the midfield with help from team mate Chad Harnick. Their combined pressure meant that Sonnie Hilton and Luca Connell were able to see plenty of the ball deep in Emerson territory. However it looked like the pressure of the occasion was getting to the team who, on this reduced sized pitch, found it hard to play to their usual rhythm.
The first chance was created by the ever dangerous Bobby Duncan who placed a corner accurately in to the Emerson six yard box, only for Ronin to miss a good chance. The attacking three of Duncan, Hilton and Connell were now beginning to have a greater influence on the game. Good opportunities were being created amidst some continued Heenan pressure.
Then came the break through. An expertly taken free kick taken by Dean Taylor was guided into the path of Luca Connell who finished it with Van Persie style left foot volley!
The pressure increased on the Emerson goal and the lead was extended in the 23rd minutes when Bobby Duncan received a pass on the edge of the box, in one swift movement he controlled the ball on the turn to volley home from 18 yards to secure a wonderful second goal for Heenan.
We maintained this lead throughout the first half with good possession and a dominant midfield display.
Spirits and confidence was growing as the second half began with Heenan creating chances for their dynamic forward line at will. However, a combination of poor finishing and good defending from Emerson kept the shoreline down.
Team manager Mr Forgie made four substitutions during the match ensuring that all boys were involved in the occasion. Finally, on 45 minutes, the increasingly influential Bobby Duncan coolly bagged a third goal for Heenan making the final score 3 - 0 Emerson Sports Academy.
Mr Forgie said: "The Merseyside Champions are now also National Champions. The boys have performed excellently all season and were still to lose in any of the three major cup competitions that they entered, this was a fantastic result."
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