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Reprotec School Teams 7-a-side

In a tournament that brought together eight excellent Primary school sides, each of them the champion of their respective Local District, Edwalton, representing the Rushcliffe area, came out on top in a closely fought tournament.

The morning began with two groups of four playing in round robin formats. In Group ‘A’, Holy Cross from the Kirkby & District Association recorded a narrow 1-0 win over Mansfield’s St Philip Neri whilst Arno Vale from Gedling and Chuter Ede from Newark & District played out a 0-0 draw. Goals were even more in short supply in Group ‘B’ where Carr Hill from Bassetlaw and Edwalton produced a 0-0 draw as did Larkfields representing Eastwood & District against South Wilford from the City of Nottingham.

The second round of games saw more goals began to arrive. In Group ‘A’, Holy Cross and St Philip Neri recorded 2-0 and 1-0 wins over Arno Vale and Chuter Ede respectively. The first goals in Group ‘B’ saw Edwalton beat South Wilford 2-0 whilst Carr Hill and Larkfields still could not find their shooting boots and shared another 0-0 draw.

By the time they reached their third and final group game, Holy Cross, who had looked the morning’s best side, had already qualified for the semi-finals but completed their one hundred per cent record with a 2-0 win over Chuter Ede. A point for St Philip Neri in their 1-1 draw with Arno Vale confirmed their semi-final spot.

In Group ‘B’, a rather unexpected 2-0 win for Larkfields against Edwalton not only saw them into the semis but also put them top of the group. Fortunately for Edwalton, Carr Hill could only draw with South Wilfortd where a win would have taken them above the Rushcliffe school and into the semi-finals.

Edwalton were indebted to their keeper, Aran Rana, who made three or four terrific saves, to produce a surprise 1-0 win over Holy Cross as a well worked goal from Alex Li was one of their only forays into the Holy Cross half who totally dominated the game, particularly in the second half, but could just not find the back of the net. The other semi went to penalties when, after a 0-0 draw, Larkfields coming out 4-2 winners on spot kicks.

The final between Edwalton and Larkfields was a competitive affair and although the Rushcliffe side had the majority of possession and territorial advantage it once more needed penalties to decide the winners following a 0-0 draw. With both keepers in excellent form, the first three penalties from each side were saved, before Edwalton finally hit the target twice through Hugh Lawrence and Oli Rand to Larkfields once to take the Notts Schools’ FA Individual Schools 7-a-side title and will now move on to compete in the Regional Finals to be held in Nottingham in March.

Both sides were presented with their mementoes by Bob Young, Chairman of the Notts Schools’ FA.

 

 

GROUP 'A' P F A GD PTS
HOLY CROSS 3 6 0 +6 9
ST PHILIP NERI 3 2 2 = 4
ARNO VALE 3 1 3 -2 2
CHUTER EDE 3 0 3 -3 1

 

GROUP 'B' P F A GD PTS
LARKFIELDS 3 2 0 +2 5
EDWALTON 3 2 2 = 4
CARR HILL 3 0 0 = 3
SOUTH WILFORD 3 0 2 -2 2

 

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