Last night saw a team from our Catholic rivals Corpus Christi visit the hallowed turf SBSJ to play our yr8 team. These fields have made many great footballers from the great Mike Hellawell (England International 1960’s) to our own Mr. Hannan.
The boys were noticeably nervous but excited about playing in such a big game as the last team to reach a prestigious final outside of the Bradford district was Mr. Snape’s famous 2013 Y9 group who had the current Bradford City first team player Daniel Devine playing in central midfield.
The game started in a hurry and after less than 1 minute SBSJ took the lead as Adrian Mangdulabnan raced clear forcing the keeper into a save that he could not hold, and the ball was smashed home on the volley by the Joe Priestley. SBSJ took there foot off the gas for the next 10 minutes of the fixture but received a big wakeup call when Corpus levelled through a scruffy free kick which crept into the net!
This seemed to spring SBSJ into life and they responded immediately with Mangdulabnan racing clear to slot home. Mangdulabnan then raced clear again only to have his shot saved but Dominic Kirton applied the finish.
Mangdulabnan then raced clear again with clever feet and scored his second and SBSJ’s fourth. SBSJ then scored what would have been goal of the game with an intricate move down the right only for the Corpus left full back to fell Mangdulabnan in the box and he stepped up and applied the finish.
Half Time - SBSJ 5-1 Corpus Christi
After a team talk from Mr. King saying we need to keep the pressure on and finish the game like we started. The message was not to be complacent! SBSJ started the game well and controlled the ball for long periods. Mr King made a number of changes with Jack Clough, Eoin Howell, Lorenz Curarom and Harry Milnes entering the fray! This seemed to energise the team again and Jack Clough scored goal of the game beating 3 men in the edge of the box before rifling the ball into the top corner past the glum Corpus goal keeper. Clough went onto add his second, as did Kirton making the game 8-1. Mangdulabnan added two more taking his tally to five making it 10-1 and the Iain Abe also known as road runner due to his lighting pace scored two to making the final score 12-1
A fantastic result for the boys and the school and we now move into the final in the next couple of weeks.
All the boys played fantastically well and it is very hard to name a man of match as they all played excellently and played there part equally! Good luck in the finals.
Match report by Mr. L King