Match report by Billy Kelly, Year 10

St Augustine’s Year 10 boys football team played Pindar on Monday afternoon and the boys were looking to continue their strong performances so far this year.  Straight from the off, St Augustine’s started positively, and early in the game Cole Van Heerden was brought down in the box after he looked to go round the keeper and score a certain goal but was taken down by the keeper. The penalty, which was scored confidently by Reuben Taylor, gave St Augustine’s an early lead to build on.

Soon after, a great strike from Rio Stuttard flew a shot past the Pindar goalkeeper from 30 yards out, giving St Augustine’s a two-goal advantage halfway through the first half.  Their lead nearly increased once again, when a great ball by centre-half Alex Shehi found striker, Cole Van Heerden, who laid the ball off to Rio again, and his half-volley fizzed goalward – it took a good save from the goalkeeper to tip the ball onto the crossbar.  With St Augustine’s playing fast football, and not giving Pindar a sight of goal, it was beginning to look like the game was running away from the home side.

However, two late strikes from the Pinder winger before half time levelled the game which St Augustine’s had dominated for the majority of the first half.

As the second half commenced, an early goal was scored by Pindar school.  Debutant goalkeeper Charlie Geall kept a cool head to expertly save another shot at goal by Pindar, and not long after centre-half Will Slade showed great skills to expertly snuff out the danger from a Pindar counterattack with a last-ditch tackle in the penalty area.  Pindar then scored again after a mix up from a corner that was not dealt with, but the strike of the match came from Reuben Taylor, as he scored a Beckham-esque 30-yard free kick that curled into the top corner to narrow the goal difference to just one goal. St Augustine’s continued to thrive throughout the match, playing elegant one touch football, and excellently shifting the ball, to constantly put pressure on the Pindar defence. However despite their best efforts, Pinder then scored again, and a mix up increased their lead to three goals.  In the final stages of the match, a sharp strike from Elliot Thompson forced an excellent save, which was slotted in by Mattia Pinto to reduce the deficit to 6-4

Despite the loss, it was a good all-round performance from St Augustine’s year 10 side, who look forward to improving on their positive performance.