The Year 7 football team were looking forward to bouncing back from an extremely unfortunate loss in the County Cup against Pindar on penalties in style against a bigger and physically stronger side in Norton College.

The game started well, with St Augs dominating the early parts of the game through the commanding Jacob Hakings and the skilful Theo Watson overwhelming the Norton midfield. The lads were very unlucky not to power to an early lead, as the cat-like reflexes of the Norton keeper kept prolific Ralph Stubbings at bay.

At the back Aldo Camilleri’s pace and reading of the game was pivotal in keeping Norton’s quick and strong strikers at bay, with Mickey Miah’s power doing the rest, however before long the deadlock was broken and an undefendable through ball was poked home for a goal. 0-1. Marcus Reede’s powerful running was causing problems all over the park, and some quick feet left 3 defenders in his wake, before the 4th scythed him down inside the area. Jacob made no mistake in slotting home the penalty. 1-1.

A string of quite frankly unbelievable saves from the Norton keeper before half time ensured that St Augs didn’t score another goal, with a couple of lapses in concentration at the back allowing Norton a quickfire 3 goals before half time. The lads were shell-shocked. Not even the powerful running of Joshua Crookes down the wing could force through the impenetrable keeper.

After half time St Augs were again the brighter, more composed side, with the introduction of fresh legs in Hayden Power preventing almost all shots on goal. Thomas Scales’ fast feet were causing havoc down the right-hand side, with many a defender left bewildered and Tom sprinting away from him. Logan McKillop had regained his composure, pulling off some good saves and catching long ball after long ball. He ran out to dive at the feet of the onrushing striker with great effect numerous times, however there was one too many, and Norton had their 5th goal and heads were going. Jacob, Theo and Ralph mustered a last-minute drive, but were yet again frustrated by Norton’s seemingly one-man team in their goalkeeper. Due to the attacking nature of the lads, Norton were able to break away for two more goals, and a 7-1 loss certainly flattered our opposition, who progress to the next round.