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HCH win the Canbury School Invitational 5-a-side Football Tournament

Calvin Y11, Gerorge Y11, Lucas Y11, Mahdi Y11, Charles Y11, and Fred Y10.

Group stage
HCH v. Moat School WON 3-0
HCH v. Thames Christian College LOST 1-3
HCH v. Moor House WON 9-2

Semi final
HCH v Swedish School WON 4-1

HCH v Thames Christian College WON 1-0

Goal scorers:
George 8
Lucas 5
Calvin 2
Mahdi 1
Charles 4

Hampton Court House started the competition with an opening match against last year’s runners-up, Moat School. The ball was moved quickly and effectively around the pitch to open up gaps in the Moat School defence. Described by the neutrals on the side line as ‘like watching Barcelona play’, persistent pressure lead to two well work goals and a great solo effort from Charles. 3-0.

We came up against TCC in our second group match, last years winners. An unlucky bounce of the ball saw us concede an own goal and go 1-0 down. The boys fought back to 1-1 but T.C.C were too strong and some great solo goals saw us go down 3-1.

Our final group match was against Moor House. The boys moved the ball very well and held onto possession effectively. Some great team worked goals saw us come out on top, 9-2.

Semi-finals time, going through as runners up of group A we were drawn against Group B winners, The Swedish School. A great finish saw us take an early lead, which lead to a lapse in concentration and the score line 1-1 at half time. The introduction of a substitute sparked life into the match, which saw George score with a thunderbolt from half way. Good fitness and communication meant we ran out 4-1 winners.

And so, our first final since 2012, matched against TCC for the second time in the afternoon. With great attacking play from both sides, it was surprising to see the score line 0-0 at half time. The nerves started to creep in (for both players and coaches!) as the minutes ticked down. A lapse in concentration 15 seconds from the final whistle allowed Lucas to make no mistake and bury the ball in the back of the net, 1-0.

The boys should be very proud of themselves, winning the Canbury Invitational for the first time. The football on show was some of the best I have seen us play all year.


Match report written by Keegan