The Year 7 football team played their first match for the Academy, making a confident start against Spires Academy in very blustery conditions.
Ben Armstrong’s early running proved to be a valuable asset to PCSA, and it was one of his dangerous darts that created the opening goal of the game by way of a perfect cross for strike partner, Frankie Mitchell. The front two continued to put pressure on the Spires back line and were duly rewarded when Mitchell forced a PCSA corner which resulted in a goal from Jack Stevenson.
The second half continued in a similar fashion as the energetic Armstrong hit the woodwork for the third time in the match and substitute, Luis Coles, brought a fine save from the Spires number one.
Despite the team’s dominance, the Academy back line still had to prove its mettle and both Zac Griffiths and Noah Green were on top form to make vital interventions to prevent dangerous attacks from the Spires side. The heroic efforts of the PCSA defenders set the platform for the attacking players to build on and 2-0 soon became 3-0 when Ben McCaskill rounded off an excellent move with a great finish to the goalkeeper’s left.
A period of controlled PCSA possession led to a fantastic fourth goal for the team with Jacob Wellington smashing a through ball from Ashton Ballard past the Spires’ keeper.
A late consolation from the home team was not enough to dampen the PCSA spirits, as the game finished with the team on the right end of the 4-1 result!
What a fantastic way to start your PCSA footballing careers!
All the boys were a credit to the Academy, not just because of their excellent performance, but also due to their superb attitudes and exemplary sportsmanship, which was commended by the match official!
Well done to all boys who played
Mr Smith and Mr Scott