The Sirius Academy Y9 football team were unlucky to get nothing out of a tightly contested match against last year’s cup winnners St. Mary’s. Despite missing several first-team players, the boys’ attitude throughout was fantastic, and they were a real credit to the Academy. The absence of certain players enabled Lewis Scott, Saroush Asadi and Damian Wade to make their debuts.
The outstanding backline of Kieran Wild, Brandon Green and Lewis Scott, marshalled superbly by captain James Garrod, kept the St. Mary’s strikers at bay for large periods of the match. Kieran Wild particularly catching the eye with a brave performance, despite having to have a head wound glued together as a result from a challenge in the previous match at Sydney Smith. However, when the defence were breached, debutant goalkeeper Saroush Asadi was able to thwart them with numerous excellent saves.
The hardworking midfield of Jared Laing, Jordan Lambert, Damian Wade and Matthew Meakin fought tirelessly to win back possession and create chances for strikers Kai Carrington and Ryan Holden. It was Holden who broke the deadlock just after half-time with a trademark break down the left hand wing and low shot into the bottom corner.
The lack of substitutes meant that the boys had to complete the full match and this inability to freshen the team proved costly as St. Mary’s snatched the game with two late goals.