29 Feb Arsenal School’s Premier League Competition
Every year the Premier League run a schools competition where the winning school go on to represent their club at a Premier League football ground. This year the finals will be held at Everton’s ground, Goodison Park, and guess what – Gillespie will be there…
Every year the Premier League run a schools competition where the winning school go on to represent their club at a Premier League football ground. This year the finals will be held at Everton’s ground, Goodison Park, and guess what – Gillespie will be there and this was how they managed it…
28 schools turned up at a freezing cold Market Road and were put into groups. Gillespie were in a group with Sacred Heart, Thornhill and Pooles Park. Our first game was against Sacred Heart and we took a while to find momentum. Sacred Heart were very physical and made Sammy their target which meant he couldn’t break with the ball. But we played well and won 2-1.
Our next match was against Thornhill who we had watched win comfortably in their first game. The team had found their form by now and we dominated play. We won 1-0.
Our final group game was against Pooles Park. We knew we had won the group and you could see the confidence the team had. We won 3-1. This meant we were through to the knock out stage.
Up next we faced St Joan of Arc and once again the team played brilliantly and won 3-1. We were getting ever closer to the semi finals.
Our next team were Sacred Heart, who we had played earlier in the day. We played on a slightly smaller pitch and it was a tough match, but we won 3-0. Tyler made some incredible saves and now it was semi finals time….
St Thomas’ were our opponents in the semis and by now the team were on fire. James and Finn were a strong force in defence (and James also scored a fantastic goal) whilst Hetty was unstoppable on the wing, no one could escape her. Ethan and Sammy had formed a great partnership up front. And behind all of these we had the safe hands of Tyler who, as usual, was top class. We won 8-1!
And so the final where we faced Canonbury. Gillespie played their hearts out for the majority of the match. They had a few early missed chances and at full time it was 0-0 which meant extra time. It was a tense 5 minutes (I couldn’t watch most of it.) Canonbury got an own goal putting us 1-0 up and then Hetty finished the deal by scoring a fantastic goal. Final score 2-0.
And so the journey continues and on Tuesday 17th May we go to Everton to play in the finals. The team are very excited about the fact we get to stay in a hotel and I couldn’t be prouder of them.
Again, a very special thanks to Pete. And well done to Sammy (c), Tyler, Ethan, Katie, Hetty, Ruby, James, Finn. You are amazing.