Perse Prep footballers heading to National Finals
On Saturday 9th March, the Perse Prep U11 footballers braved the cold to compete in the ISFA U11 Football tournament, Eastern region, held at King’s School Ely. Placed in a group of four with South Lee, Bishop’s Stortford College and Town House Prep, the Perse topped their table after the group stages, notching two wins and a draw. This meant progression to the quarter finals where the team met Widford Lodge, beating them 3-0 to advance to the semi-finals. Town House, for the second time in the tournament, were the opposition and the Perse once again came out on top, 2-0.
The Perse faced Wellingborough in the final, already safe in the knowledge that we had secured our place in the National finals to be played at the FA’s new centre of excellence, St George’s Park. The game was very tight with few chances for either side, and even with four minutes extra time, the game remained scoreless leaving the destination of the trophy to be settled by that most dreaded of deciders – penalties. After a series of extremely well executed shots from both teams, Perse missed and Wellingborough scored to take the title.
The Perse team conducted themselves superbly all morning, attempting to play passing football on a difficult surface, and were fine ambassadors for their school throughout. The boys thoroughly deserve their place in the National finals where we go with high confidence and excitement at the prospect of pitting our wits against higher calibre opposition in state of the art surroundings – roll on April 29th!
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