2014/15 Football Season

1st October 2014

Lord Derby Academy

The year 5/6 team enjoyed great success in their first league matches together as a team. They bonded really well and it looks like we are going to have a very successful season.

The first game saw The Sylvester face Park View Primary. The lads knew this would be a tough game, as some of them play with their opponents on a weekend. Daniel settled our early nerves with a superb finish from just outside the box. Shortly after, it was 2-0 as Cameron smashed home a brilliant half volley. By this point, The Sylvester has started to play some lovely fluent football, and Joseph capped off what was a marvellous start to the season with a smart finish late on in the game to make it 3-0.

Our second game saw us come up against tough opposition in the form of Malvern. Again, we knew this would be a tough test against a team who finished 3rd in the league last season. Daniel was again influential in this great victory for the team with Max pulling off some fantastic saves. Luke also deserves a mention; he was an absolute rock at the back!! Cameron capped off a brilliant start to the season for him with two goals to ensure a 2-0 victory for The Sylvester.

Well done to all of the lads who took part, what a great start to the season. They were a credit to the school, impeccably behaved and very well mannered throughout.

The Sylvester are top of the table with two league games played.

Year 4 EFC Fun Festival

On Monday 9th February, Year 4 took part in the annual EFC Fun Festival Tournament. This Tournament gives Everton the chance to spot the next Ross Barkley (or Steven Gerrard for you Liverpool Fans).

The team were delighted at pulling on The Sylvester Primary School kit for the first ever time, and were determined to do it proud. Representing our school on this occasion were: Billy-Jo, Michael, James, Dylan, Charlie, James and Vincent.

The team had a very tough group, which saw them face St Columbas, Prescot Primary, Whiston Willis and St Peter and Pauls. The first game saw The Sylvester face St Peter and Paul Primary School. This was a very tight game, with the lads eventually losing 1-0, however they put in a fantastic performance considering this was the first time they had played together this season.

We then went on to face Whiston Willis. We knew this would be a very tough game, as Whiston has a couple of boys who played for academy teams. The Sylvester battled really well, matching Whiston in their play, and eventually the game was drawn 0-0. This was a real confidence booster for the team, and we hoped that this could be a stepping stone for success.

The third game saw the Sylvester take on St Columbas. You could now see that the team had relaxed into their game, and were playing some lovely football. Their passing and moving was a joy to watch. After about 5 minutes of the game, Billy-Jo hit a shot from about 20 yards which crept into the bottom corner, a simply wonderful goal, and the Sylvester had the lead with 5 minutes remaining. After some great defence work from Charlie, Billy-Jo and Dylan along with some great saves from Michael, we managed to hold on to take the 1-0 victory.

Our final game saw The Sylvester play Prescot Primary. This was a very important game, as a win might see us through to the semi final. All credit to Prescot, who played some really good football, and our defence managed to hold out until the 7th minute, when Prescot nicked the victory with a shrewd finish. This meant that we finished in 3rd place in our league.

Some fantastic individual performances across the course of the afternoon, notably Billy-Jo, with his fantastic goal and solid defending, Michael with some great saves, and James upfront with his constant closing down of defenders and creating attacks for our team.

Overall, this was a very successful afternoon for the Sylvester Primary School. The team represented our school impeccably and I am very proud of them all.  Mr Gill

Football Festival

Year 2 LFC Tournament

On Wednesday 25th March, our Year 2 football team visited Liverpool Football Clubs’ state of the art Kirkby Academy. It was the first time visiting the academy for all of the lads, and they were very excited. The speculation as to which player they would see was rife on the minibus on the way down.

When we arrived, we were greeted by members of Liverpool Football Club, who showed us inside to the 4G pitches where the first team train. The lads were awestruck by the size of the venue, and could not wait to get the ball out and score a few goals. After a welcome talk from the LFC staff members, it was straight into our games.

The first game saw us take on Bishop Martin School. As we had never played at a tournament like this before, the lads did not know what to expect from the opposition. We did however; start with a really high tempo, with Lucas scoring our first goal inside a minute. The lads continued to apply pressure on the Bishop Martin backline, and Tom managed to take advantage of a Bishop Martin defensive error to coolly slot home with his left foot. 2-0 to The Sylvester. With just two minutes of the game to go, Lucas chased down a lost cause and managed to score and unbelievable strike with his left foot from the touchline. Our first game had finished 3-0, a great start.

Our second and third games, against Ditton and Our Lady of Compassion were slightly harder. The opposing teams had some really good players, some of whom already played for academies, and the quality of those players shone through in the games as we lost them both 2-0. If it wasn’t for some fantastic saves from Callum, the score line could have been worse. Well done Callum! The lads were slightly frustrated, but their attitude didn’t change, they still wanted to win the remaining games of the tournament!

The final game saw The Sylvester face Trinity Primary. We knew that this would be a tough game, as they had only lost once so far in the group stages. Trinity took an early lead through a great solo effort. We then started to grow into the game, and managed to snatch an equaliser through a brilliant finish from Lucas from Josh’s corner. Unfortunately though, we could not press on from here, and we lost the game 2-1 in the final minutes. A great performance from the lads though, with Joseph picking up the man of the match award for his commitment and determination throughout the game.

Most of all, the lads had a really good time. It was great to see so many smiles on their faces, and you could tell that they loved the opportunity to play at such a great venue. The lads’ behaviour has to be commended. They were brilliant throughout the morning, following instructions and giving it their all. Well done lads, and I am already looking forward to the next tournament!! Mr Gill

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