Year 7 U12 Football vs. Harris Academy Crystal Palace
After their opening game of the season the team were very eager to get back onto the pitch to show what they can do following a very tough opening fixture versus Riddlesdown. After a long drive through the afternoon Crystal Palace traffic the team arrived to face a very physical looking opposition. Following a quick warm up the team were set to start. After some initial nerves settled the back three quickly organised themselves and proved very difficult for HACP to break down. As well as battling an attacking opposition, MHS were faced with a stiff slope to play against! Attacks started to build with chances quickly following each other. Dante Otite (GK) made about 10 match winning saves in the first 20 minutes to keep the score at a nail biting 0-0. With some quick distribution from Ryan Foster and Vinnie Wright in midfield we created a couple of chances but lacked composure in key attacking areas. More chances were to follow for HACP and we were caught off guard and were unable to step out of our final third quick enough playing their striker onside to create a 1v1 opportunity. After slotting their chance past Dante MHS went into halftime 1-0 down.
Mr Costi led an inspirational half time team talk and we set out to try and turn things around. With the slope supporting us the first 5 minutes gave us a few good chances. Blake Darlington continued to organise our defence and linked play well with the midfield. Billy Anderson continued to run his socks off up top for us creating increasing amounts of attacking space. We were unable to make the most of our few chances. With tiring legs showing we conceded two quicks goals. Dante continued to make some excellent saves and prevented the final score from being somewhere towards double figures. The final whistle blew to end a very competitive and exciting fixture. The team have made huge improvements since their opening game and have shown lots of potential for the upcoming fixtures. Congratulations to HACP and well done to all the Meridian High School players for their hard work. A special mention must go to Dante Otite who was voted man of the match.
If any other students are interested in playing football for the school please see a member of the PE department team. Everyone is welcome!