The Year 10 Football team had to battle hard against a physical Endeavour High side, who took advantage of the referees leniency on several occasions. The boys stuck to their Football and refused to be drawn into the type of match the opposition wanted, despite several poorly timed challenges. The team won the game 2-1 to finish 2nd in the Hull Schools League after their solitary early defeat to St Marys. They now have the ESFA National Cup game against South Holderness to focus on as well as the up-coming Hull and Humberside Cups.
With players forced out of the match through injury, the Sirius team saw several positional changes. Most notably saw Luke Collingwood start at centre-half, and he produced an outstanding display to keep at bay the strong Endeavour centre forward. Ryan Hill made his first ever appearance for the Academy and looked comfortable and composed, with Jordan Wardell playing out of position at centre-half also performing well. Luke Salas was the main threat going forward and should have had a penalty kick for a foul, however some-how the referee gave a free-kick out-side of the box. The first half saw little chances despite Joseph Wood and Ewan Malton trying hard to unlock the defence. Lukas Mikoliunas and Will Murphy had little ball up-front but worked hard for the team.
At 0-0 the 2nd half opened up more, with Kieran Bartlett having to be brave on numerous occasions to race out of goal and cut down the opposition space. Brandon Leigh was again rock solid at the back, with Olly Russell causing problems down the right. A neat pass through from Murphy saw Salas go 1 on 1 and he made no mistake to put the team 1-0 up. Amazingly Endeavour levelled the score-line from a free-kick, the centre-back rose high and hit the ball in with his hand, Sirius waited for the referees whistle which came as he gave the goal, to everyone’s disbelief! Refusing to be denied a short Salas corner saw Wood smash the ball home from the edge of the box into the top corner to give Sirius their 2-1 lead. Connah Oliver and Tom Greenham came on to freshen up the team and worked hard to see Sirius home.
Special thanks to Jon White and Danny Rouse for their help with the team and to Janice Hall for driving and supporting the boys.
Please congratulate the following boys on their success, attitude and behaviour:
Kieran Bartlett, Jordan Wardell, Brandon Leigh, Luke Collingwood, Ryan Hill, Ewan Malton, Luke Salas, Olly Russell, Joseph Wood, Lukas Mikoliunas, Will Murphy, Tom Greenham, Connah Oliver.