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Action Packed Y7 Saturday Football

On a fine, fresh Saturday morning the Y7 boys played Oakwood at Middle Lane. Before the game, the player’s morale was still high and all still eager to play despite the results in the past not going our way. As the game started Clifton’s enthusiasm carried on to the pitch, with the first 10 minutes gone and still neither team able to break the deadlock, Gezja managed to wriggle through a few players from the halfway line with his tricky feet, he found himself with a goal scoring opportunity and took it away with a vicious strike!

The boys were really up for the battle ahead. Unfortunately, the lead was short lived as Oakwood pulled a goal back, taking a 3-1 lead at halftime, despite all of the hard work they had put in. A Fergie-esque halftime team talk was given, reenergising the team to go and hit back as the game was still to be won. 

The second half began and after a short time, we scored to make it 3-2. Oakwood then responded with a goal, making sure they weren’t going to lose their lead. 4-2 the game was poised, some full-blooded tackles were going in, mainly from the Kandrack (Neville) twins. We brought it back to 4-3 from a looping free kick. With 10 minutes to go, Clifton managed to break down their defense, a strike towards the net goes and was blocked, but only by the arm meaning we had a chance to level the score up from the penalty spot, Gezja looked confident and tucked it away! Questionable celebration I may add. With little time on the clock, both teams were pressing for a winning goal, Oakwood found themselves with a bit of luck to take the ball away from what only can be described as a game of pinball in the box. Unfortunately, there was no time to respond and the game ended 5-4. 

Well done to everyone who took part!

Year 8 Football Against Wickersley With Only 8 Lads

On Saturday morning, Y8 was away at Wickersley for what is always one of the toughest fixtures on the calendar. Unfortunately, we were only able to take 8 lads as illness and injury hit our squad.  Wickersley were very kind in letting us have two of their players to allow a very competitive 10-a-side game to take place.

We started really well and deservedly took the lead when George Walker caught the Wickersley keeper napping with a smart toe-poke into the bottom corner.  The new formation was working wonders and despite a defensive lapse allowing Wickersley to equalise we were well on top at the break.
During the second half, Wickersley again let us have two of their players however we had a disorganised ten minutes at the back which allowed Wickersley in twice to lead 3-1.  We rallied and organised again and were again the better side, Addison Taylor learning from a previous effort by slotting home low to the keeper’s right to make it 3-2.
Well done to everyone who took part!
Owen Thompson
Danyal Tabraiz
Sebastian Ilko
Finlay Gilberthorpe
Ahmed Kassim
Mario Ilko
George Walker
Addison Taylor

Year 10 Football Against Wickersley

We approached our away fixture at Wickersley in confident mood having defeated them last time we met.  It was the home side who started the game in positive fashion though and our back line was repeatedly tested. Our best work came on the break and but we were limited to speculative efforts as Wickersley brought the game to us. We conceded from a simple goal with some poor marking in our area leaving a free header from a corner.
We began the second half in much more positive mood and didn’t take long to equalise with a brilliant piece of vision from Chad Carney. From 30 yards out he spotted the home keeper off his line and measured up a shot which dipped over his head.
1-1 and it should have been game on but we fell asleep from kick off and conceded immediately. From this point the home side tried to push home the advantage. Skipper Jamie Hartley was twice called into action to clear off the line while Ephraim Kianga in goal pulled off a string of fine saves.
We were unable to prevent the third goal going in though and from that point it was game over. Credit to the lads though who continued to show excellent spirit and work hard. 3-1 was a fair reflection of the balance of play but we gave it a real go and it was nice to see the effort from the boys!

March Cup Semi Final

On Wednesday Mr Davis and Mr Rowlands took the Year 8’s into their second successive semi final this time in the main Rotherham Schools Cup against last years winners Aston.

The 1st half started out frantically with both teams failing to settle, Aston took hold of the game with their physical dominance (that being 4 kids of at least 6ft) after a succession of throw ins they took the lead and shortly after made it 2-0. We dug deep and showed great spirit towards the end of the first half after great play down the left resulted in the ball coming to Jensen who was brought down for a penalty. Finley stepped up and made it 2-1. We pushed on and could have drew level through Marek Sivak but his shot was cleared off the line.

The second half begun very much the same as the first with neither team getting going. It was again Aston who settled and took control of the game. Our lads kept plugging away but their effort wasn’t justified when Aston broke away and made it 3-1. With 5 minutes to go we had to push and try and get a goal which left us open in defence and Aston made it 4-1.

We may have lost the semi final this year but we have got a great team spirit and they will continue to improve which make us stronger next year.

Well done for your efforts!
Dylan Whatley
Luke Steane
Kurtis Rich
Nader Ali
Muhammad Cardesa
Jensen Murr
Finley Chadburn
Owen Bailey
Josh Humphries
David Santana
Marian Ziga
Marek Sivak
Roland Varady
Fredrik Voilgy

Year 8’s Defeat Rawmarsh to Continue Rotherham Cup Run

The year 8’s took to the field last night in the Rotherham Cup against Rawmarsh who we beat on route to last year’s cup final. Read more

Y7 Boys Travel to Dinnington to Compete in the Y7 Futsal Tournament

Last night the Y7 boys travelled to Dinnington to compete in the Y7 Futsal tournament. We were disappointed on arrival to see that some of the other schools had failed to attend but we still got 3 games and the lads had a good experience. Read more

Y11 Snatch Defeat From The Jaws of Victory

Having won a close game 2-1 the last time we locked horns with Wickersley, we knew that we were going to face a tough battle on a sticky surface. We started slightly the better of the two teams and were passing the ball confidently but chances were few and far between for either side. We took the lead through Faisal Khairy with a shot from outside the area that caught the home keeper by surprise. We held our lead until the break.

We were aware that Wickersley would carry the fight to us in the second half. They did this in the opening minutes when two brilliant blocks from full back Jack Johnson preserved our lead. At the other end we were struggling to create many chances and a similar goal to our opener drew the home side level.

We came out and played more on the front foot with Wickersley playing on the break. They were still creating the clearer chances though and a breakaway led to a one on one with the forward rounding keeper Rio Barker. Jack somehow managed to get back and scramble the ball off the line.

It looked as though both sides would have to settle for a draw but with 30 seconds to go more heroic blocks in our defence gained no reward as Wickersley managed to steal the win. Disappointment for our boys but lots of heart and effort and great conduct. Louis Waterhouse gained the man of the match award. He was pushed all the way by skipper Brendan Walker.

Y11 Boys Locked Horns with Oakwood For The Second Time This Season

Our Y11 boys locked horns with Oakwood for the second time this season. We were keen to gain revenge for our cup exit at the hands of the hosts in the opening game of the season. We did this in some style with a 6-0 victory.

We started the game strongly and created a couple of decent openings before we took the lead. Louis Waterhouse’s deep corner was met smartly on the volley by Brendan Walker for his second goal of the season.
We took control of the game from this point with front pairing Amaan Ghnani and Connor Coady linking up well to create chances for one another. Not for the first time this season we met an in form goalkeeper who kept us at bay. The pressure was mounting though and we doubled our advantage through Connor after a well placed cross from Amaan. The boys at the back were keeping Oakwood at bay with Jack Johnson making 3 smart blocks to repel their main threat.

2-0 at half time and we were able to up a gear after Faisal Khairy scored our third just after the break with the help of a massive deflection.
Connor then latched onto a long ball and kept a calm head to make the score 4-0 as Oakwood began to tire.
Henrik Santana gave a strong performance in defensive midfield and he scored our fifth following a rare foray up field.
Connor rounded the scoring off with a well taken lob to complete his hatrick.
6-0 at full time and an excellent performance that showed that the boys are turning into a very good footballing team.

Connor was our Man of the Match but there was not a weak link in the side.

 

 

Progress Shown in Year 7 Football

Mr. Gurran had the pleasure of taking 11 Y7 lads to Oakwood for a football fixture.  Having been beaten 8-1 in the corresponding home fixture we were certainly looking for improvement.

Half-time saw us 1-0 down from their only shot on goal.  We were a little sleepy at the back first 5 minutes and were lacking in composure (Logan Billen – “Sir, what’s composure?!!”) in the final third.
Second half a few poor passing decisions cost us and we trailed 3-0 against the run of play.
However, the effort, endeavour, and skill of these lads saw them score two fantastic goals (Ludo Sivak and Alfie Lowe) to get back to 3-2.  Unfortunately, as we pushed for an equaliser Oakwood scored a couple on the break to win 5-2 (hugely flattering to them).
Many positives, not least the number of chances we are creating and with the lads now knowing what I mean when I say they need to have a bit more composure in the final third, our goal tally should improve!!
Well done!
Richard Eblet
Richard Sivak
Tyler Ely
Mitchell Soar
Alfie Lowe
Kain Skidmore
Charlie Wilde
Logan Billen
Ludo Sivak (man of the match)
Kyle Atkinson
Lewis Richardson

Clifton Take Part In The South Yorkshire School Cup

We ended our interest in the South Yorkshire school cup on the 24th October at the hands of our old nemesis Penistone Grammar.

Having lost to the hosts at the quarter-final stage last season we hoped we may be able to gain revenge this time around. Unfortunately, this was not to be. We were disappointed on arrival to find that the game was to be cut short due to the pitch being booked later in the evening.

Penistone started strongly and scored early. They looked the more likely to get the next goal but we cleared our heads and put together a lovely passing move which ended with Josh Woodcock laying the ball into Louis Waterhouse. Louis took his time and drilled the equaliser into the bottom corner. This was from our first real attack of note.

We settled into the game with Jose Santana looking strong in midfield and his cousin Henrik defending strongly at the back. We hoped to get to half-time level but an excellent goal from the home side made sure that we came in behind.

We threw caution to the wind and sacrificed a defender at halftime to try to beef up our attacking threat. Unfortunately, this did leave us exposed at the back and two more Penistone goals finished our hopes.

The boys continued to play good football and work hard for one another and although the better side won, we can take pride from giving Penistone a much tougher game than we did the last time we met. Jose was our man of the match.