Temple Moor 1 v SBSJ 8
On 29th September SBSJ Year 9 boys travel to Leeds to take on Temple Moor in the first round of the English Schools FA Cup.
The magnitude of the tie saw the team revert back to the traditional 4-4-2 formation that has worked so well over the last year. The game didn't start too well. The Temple Moor side looked calm on the ball and moved it round well. They took an early lead through a corner and no one spectating thought it was against the run of play. They deserved it. Harvey Weston-Beyer and Jack Oxley defended superbly on more than one occasion to keep it at that scoreline. SBSJ were working hard to maintain a foothold in the game when Louis Fialdini pounced on a poor clearance from the Temple Moor keeper to equalise for the jubilant SBSJ boys.
Temple Moor had an U14 striker from Leeds United FC and although he looked dangerous early on, Darwin King proved why he has played at that level himself and dominated the striker from this point on. Darwin was outstanding again tonight. He organised the back four well and start pulling the strings for the midfielders. This spurred Jake Larvin and Alfie Barker into life who had both worked so hard to keep things tight in the game. Both midfield players moved the ball superbly well. Both players made outstanding assists for Fialdini who scored two more outstanding goals and when Joel Crawford raced onto a Jacob Slater ball to make it 4-1, the SBSJ boys dominated the game.
At half time, tactics were changed by both teams. SBSJ changed formation to the 3-5-2 formation that served us so well at Queensbury School the week before. Darwin King, who seems to have so much time on the ball, dictated the play.
Any football fan will tell you that pace kills, and in our side we are blessed with it. James Nyally proved too quick for the Temple Moor wing back as he finished a high quality pass from Darwin King. The Captain, Ikenna Obassi, who had been solid all game, overlapped James Nyally and made two assists for Louis Fialdini, who finished the game with 5 goals.
Finally, Jacob Slater who worked hard all afternoon running the channels and dragging defenders out of position, slid in to finish a Joel Crawford cross and make the final score 8-1 to SBSJ.
The boys behaviour and attitude was equal to their technical performance tonight and I am a very proud manager. Every time these students pull on the school shirt they perform exceptionally well both on and off the pitch.
Year 9 are blessed with having a great strength in depth and we now also have a second team side (fantastically organised by Mr McCormick). Look out for their results as we move through the school year. This strength in depth is making SBSj a school to be feared again when it comes to Football in Bradford.
On Monday, we travel to Beckfoot Thornton, before a good run of home games. Keep your eyes out for our results and if you see any of the boys pictured.
Match report by Mr Matthew 'Jose Morinho' Hargreaves