Boys' Football Update

The Year 11 football team played the quarter finals of the County Cup this month against Reading School. The game started off at a frantic pace with clear opportunities from both teams.

Reading School had an early goal disallowed due to a very tight offside position. This was a wake up call for JMA as we then started to press and really put the pressure on. JMA ended up scoring a lucky goal when a teasing cross was headed by the opposition into their own net; 1-0 JMA. From that moment neither team pressed on and it was a very scrappy but well contested first half.

After half time Reading School came out of the blocks the sharper, more desired team and eventually got an equaliser. JMA continued to try and build up play like it had been expressed in the half time team talk, but could not get the much needed goal they wanted. The game ended 1-1 in 90 minutes.

Due to it being a quarter final the game went into extra time. A lot of pressure was on the JMA boys now as it seemed that Reading were the stronger side in the second half. A tactical change saw Latrell and Anton swapping positions with Anton going up top and Latrell dropping back into midfield. This seemed to work as some slick play ended with Anton being fouled in the box. He calmly converted the penalty. This really dented Reading team's confidence and JMA, with a spring in their step, ended up scoring a quick third. 3-1 JMA at half time in extra time.

The game was well and truly over when Anton converted another chance to put us 4-1 up sending us through to the semi- finals against Reading Blue Coat.

It is hard to pick a Man of the Match as there were so many positives from the Year 10s that played to the great defensive performance from the back; however there were a few highlights from the team that need mentioning.

Outstanding performances from Bradley - strong and solid defensive performance, commanding the whole team from the back.

Alfie - had a tough time trying to stop Readings best player performing - he did well to constantly compete and break up Readings attacking play.

Congratulations to Anton for scoring a hat-trick in a cup quarter finals.