The Sirius Academy Year 7 Football team showed a tremendous attitude to claw their way back into their Hull Schools Premier League match against a talented Malet Lambert side. The team who had won both of their opening games as a school side, had to dig deep for the first time as a team after falling 2-0 behind but showed that they have the determination to match their undoubted skills. The boys now turn their attention to Thursdays ESFA National Cup 2nd Round match v William Farr (Lincoln).
The Sirius side started the game strongly with the influential Harry Wallis distributing the ball smartly, creating space for Danny Chadwick and Tyler Leighton behind the Malet defence. The back four of Jack Eland, Josh Smith, Renaldas Sokolovas, marshalled by captain Tom Overton were working hard, containing the big Malet centre-forward. With Harry Fenton a constant threat with the ball, Sirius created chances but couldn’t get past the excellent Malet keeper, as he denied Leighton, Chadwick and Alfie Sumpton. As the first half ran down, Malet took a lead against the run of play with the Sirius keeper Mason Palmer making a good save however the ball rebounded to the Malet forward who tucked the ball away for 1-0. Matters quickly got worse for Sirius when Malet doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time for 2-0, leaving the Sirius boys a mountain to climb in the 2nd half.
Sirius started the 2nd half as they played the majority of the 1st, dominating play through Wallis and Fenton with Overton leading the defence. Eland and Smith began to step forward more, intercepting passes and setting up attacks as Sirius pressed for a goal to get them back into the game. Sumpton and Chadwick again went close before a through ball from Wallis saw Fenton fouled on the edge of the box, with Wallis using his good Football brain to quickly curl the free-kick home for put Sirius back into the game at 2-1. Overton was moved up from defence as Sirius chased an equaliser, and his pass sent Fenton wide whose cross created chaos in the Malet defence which Sumpton gleefully took advantage of to level the scores at 2-2. Overton was denied giving Sirius the lead after another excellent stop and as the match seemed to be heading for a draw, disaster struck as Malet were awarded a penalty with two minutes left. Up stepped Palmer to produce a fine stop to deny the Malet forward and leave the game finished at a 2-2 draw.
Special thanks to Martin Smith for his assistance with the team and to Cosi Basile for his support.
Please congratulate the following boys on their success, attitude and behaviour:
Mason Palmer, Jack Eland, Tom Overton ©, Josh Smith, Danny Chadwick, Harry Wallis, Tyler Leighton, Harry Fenton, Alfie Sumpton, Renaldas Sokolovas.