Year 10 Croydon Cup Winners
On Tuesday the Year 10 football team took on the Archbishop Lanfranc School in Croydon Cup final. Having beaten favourites Edenham in the semi-final the team was confident of a good result. The game did not start off well for SJC with Lanfranc creating an early chance, their striker went round the keeper but missed on open goal. However it didn’t take long for them to break the deadlock, Lanfranc playED a ball over the top exposing the St Joseph’s defence and a good finish made the score 1-0. Shortly after Lanfranc scored another, after some defensive errors by SJC allowed the opposition to score a second goal to make it 2-0.
At this point St Joseph’s started to get back in the game, Philip Afriyie’s hard work down the right resulted in an opportunity for Jaedon Reid which he gladly took making the score 2-1. The score at half time was 2-1 to Lanfranc and both teams went back into the changing rooms knowing that the trophy was still within reach.
The second half saw SJC dominate possession and create multiple chances. Two goals were rightly disallowed for offside before a cross from the left saw Theo Appiah rise above the defenders to head in and level the scores. St Joseph’s continued to dominate the second half, with Jaedon Reid hitting the post from a free kick and Theo Appiah headed effort went straight at the keeper. The momentum shifted momentarily when Lanfranc played a long ball through to their striker which drew a great save from goalkeeper Ryan Addison. The score was 2-2 after 90 minutes sending the game into extra time.
Again St Joseph’s dominated possession and created a couple of half chances during extra time. Lanfranc won a couple of corners but St Joseph’s defence held firm and managed to clear their lines. For the second time this season a game was to go to a penalty shoot-out.
Lanfranc took an early lead in the shoot-out when Adam Aziz saw his penalty saved but Lanfranc missed their next two penalties to leave Theo Appiah with a chance to win the cup. He confidently stroked his penalty in to the back of the net prompting jubilant scenes at Croydon Arena.
This was the first trophy that this team had won and their pride and joy was evident at the presentation. A large number of students and staff also came to support which made a huge difference to the boys.
Congratulations to Emmanuel Yiadom-Boakye who was voted man of the match by his team mates for a solid defensive performance.