The junior under 14’s squad travelled to Whitgift School to compete in the first competition this season and after a rocky start, soon warmed up and eventually finished strong.
Unfortunately, a number of players were unavailable on this date, but we still had a strong squad of 9 players who we were sure would put up a good fight.
The squad in full was as follows:-
- Noah Hagberg (Keeper)
- Stanley Barnes
- Zoe Luff
- William Makepeace
- William Barrett
- Konstantinos Gkionakis
- Sam Dowd
- Joao Santos
- Marton Gyorgy
Picture of squad with their Bronze Medals
(Left to Right) - Konstantinos Gkionakis, William Makepeace, Stanley Barnes, Noah Hagberg, Zoe Luff, Joao Santos, Sam Dowd, Marton Gyorgy, William Barrett.
The individual match reports are as follows:-
Kingston 1 – Lewisham 7
This was a match that we really could have done with being later on in the evening. It took some time for us to settle down and, as with most tournament play, sadly you don’t get that time! The score really doesn’t reflect the game. In fact 4 early goals from them came before we warmed up, our only goal coming near the end of the match against a huge team who went on to be the eventual tournament winners.
Scorers - Dowd 1
Kingston 7 – WLP Hillingdon 0
A very comfortable win in a game when our combination of better passing and intercepting stood out which proved too much for the opposition.
We handled the game well in the second half and managed to ensure each player had some good water time before a difficult 3rd match.
Scorers - Dowd 3, Gkionakis 1, Gyorgy 1, Barnes 1, Barrett 1
Kingston 1 - Otter 3
After identifying Otter’s two strongest players and committing 2 of our players to man mark them, we decided to stick as tight as possible and reduce what could have been another big score line. However, although ending with a disappointing 3-1 loss, it was actually a good performance as Otter went on to pick up the ‘runners up’ award only down to goal difference. We missed a number of chances when we really should have scored and, to be fair, the result could have been closer.
That said, defensively we were very strong and disciplined and learnt a lot from the match.
Scorers - Barnes 1
Kingston 5 – Croydon 2
This was by far our most comfortable game which gave us the opportunity to play some players in unfamiliar positions. We went ahead early and never looked back and once again missed a number of chances that could have increased the score line as well as having 1 or 2 seemingly good goals disallowed.
Scorers - Barnes 2, Hagberg 1, Dowd 1, Gyorgy 1
Overall this was a very successful event for the U14’s team and we very much deserved the Bronze medal position.
The squad was well supported by a large number of family and supporters who were delighted with the way that the team played.
Steve Luff (Coach)/Andras Gyorgy (Assistant)