The U14 competition combines Year 8 and 9 students, both age groups maintaining unbeaten seasons within the league (Year 8 winning and Year 9 missing out on goal difference), selecting a squad was always going to be difficult (but for the correct reasons). Training has seen both sets of players turn up in their droves and maintaining a great standard throughout.
Last 16 vs Dorcan Academy (4-2)
Lots of great individual performances, goals from JoJo M, Joe R and Caleb H (x2) – one of which could have been the best strike I have seen in school football. A big thank you to stand in goalkeeper Ed P.
Quarter Final vs Stonehenge School
After numerous attempts to get this game played, Stonehenge pulled themselves out of the cup.
Semi Final vs Kingdown School (1-1) (4-3 on penalties)
Both teams known for trying to get the ball down and play some nice football. Kingdown took the lead with the help of the wind and a good finish. Devizes dominated the remaining time in the first half but could only see Henry D setting up Kristian A for the equaliser. Kingdown grew stronger into the match during the second half and required a couple of fine saves from Jack C. Either team could have won the match but it progressed to extra-time with the score locked at 1-1. Again, both teams had at least one clear chance to win the match but it resulted in the dreaded penalty shoot-out. A few nerves were present from the boys but they seemed confident …. Kingdown go first and score down the middle, Harrison S smashes the ball in 1-1, Kingdown again go down the middle, Devizes score in the bottom left 2-2, Kingdown go bottom left but so does Jack C – saved! Devizes score 2-3, Kingdown score and are matched by Tyler M 3-4. Kingdown go down the middle but it rolls into the hands of Jack C.
Devizes 4-3 on penalties and are off to the final!
Final vs Bishops Wordsworth (3-0)
Bishops are known for their organisation and solid team performances. Devizes got stuck in immediately and had the better of the chances, Harrison S and JoJo M coming close. It was Harrison S that took the lead with a cool finish 1 on 1 with the goalkeeper. Devizes continued to create chances but struggled to find the finishing touch, Bishops had a shot cleared off the line. Bishops grew into the game during the second half and caused the Devizes defenders a few issues. A great cross from Harvey S saw Tom W run into the box and use a cultured left knee to find the net. In the dying minutes of the game, left back Archie G pulled off an outrageous flick over the attacker’s head, started sprinting with the ball (Bolt would have had competition!) and after going past four defenders smashed the ball into the bottom corner from 25 yards.
A fantastic season which highlights the importance of training together as a team and the difference a season can make. We go again next season in the County Cup, the League (that’s the target) and the National Cup.
Team Picture: Jack C (C), Sam B, Luca L, Jack D, Fin F, Archie G, Caleb H, JoJo M, Henry D, Kristian A, Josh B, Harrison S, Tyler M, Harvey S, Tom W and Robbie J.
Squad (not in picture): Ed P, Joe R, Nathan S, Harry G, Callum H, Lucas P, Max R.
Mr G Richardson
KS5 PE Coordinator