Cup Success for St.Margaret's Football
On Tuesday 24th September the Year 8 football team took to the field at the Liverpool County FA Soccer Centre to play the much delayed 2012-2013 Year 7 Liverpool Schools FA Cup Final.
This game was held over due to fixture congestion from last season. The opposition, National and Merseyside champions, Cardinal Heenan were hoping to make it a clean sweep of trophies.
The first ten minutes of the game saw St. Margaret’s struggling to contain the Cardinal Heenan mid-field however the central defence held up and no goals were conceded. The game became more even and half time arrived with no goals scored. The second half continued much the same with few clear cut chances at either end, Cardinal Heenan having the majority of the possession but unable to penetrate a determined SMA defence. The deadlock was finally broken when Joe took advantage of hesitation in the opposition defence to head home.
Cardinal Heenan responded and a few minutes later the equaliser came. Back came SMA with the next goal Charlie pushing the ball into the net.Ten minutes to go, could SMA keep the lead? They did for nine minutes but in a last desperate attack Cardinal Heenan won a corner and scored. Two all and into extra time.
St Margaret’s were determined not to lose now and re-took the lead for the third time, with a Danny goal. Back came Cardinal Heenan for the third time. The final whistle went with the score at 3-3 after extra time.
On to the penalty shoot-out.SMA to go first and the first five penalties are all scored but then a save from Adam and it’s advantage to SMA.One more penalty each are scored and the onus falls on team captain Matthew if he scores it’s all over. He does and St.Margaret`s take the trophy for the first time since 2007.