Match Report
Downsend School Boys-U7A vs  Lanesborough Tournament
On: Saturday, 23 Nov 2019
Venue: Away

The U7’s set up for their second tournament of the year after some great preparation over the previous 4 to 5 weeks working hard on their positioning and movement. All the boys have already developed enormously over the course of the last 2 months and this came to fruition on Saturday morning in the annual Lanesborough tournament.

The boys started strongly against Cumnor house and were unlucky not to walk away with a win after some brilliant football. They were initially denied by Ethan J who was in goal after he agreed to help Cumnor out who had a few latecomers, and if it wasn’t for the outstanding goalkeeping by one of our own, we would have walked away deserved victors. Alas, we couldn’t find that killer instinct and unfortunately drew 0-0 in a game the boys deserved a win from.

We followed this up with a game against Parkside where we took a lead thanks to an unbelievable individual run and effort from James S. Unfortunately this was short lived and Parkside took advantage of a few defensive mistakes as we struggled to get out of our half on a sloping pitch and we unfortunately lost 2-1. We then moved on to play a strong Lanesborough team who scored directly from 2 corners but despite Downsend creating numerous chances we couldn’t convert any of them in our most disappointing performance of the morning.

All players then quickly forgot all that went before them performed superbly well against Longacre to score 3 goals in 3 minutes towards the end of the game thanks to 2 goals from Harry E and 2 glorious assists and a goal from Oscar S. The Downsend boys had truly found their metaphorical feet and played another Lanesborough side in their last game of the competition. With their movement, ball pace and positioning now in full flow, Harry E capitalised scoring a blistering hat-trick to go with his 2 goals the game before. Oscar S finished just ahead of Harry E as Downsends man of the tournament after he impressed throughout the whole competition with his work rate, ball skills and passing. All the boys got numerous compliments from every referee that managed the game and their confidence should be through the roof after Saturday.

Football season is now in full flow and the boys should be commended after a working so hard in training over the past few weeks. Long may it continue!