Wednesday 19th October 2016 saw the Morden Cluster Year 5/6 Best Team Football Competition held at Harris Academy Morden. A total of 9 schools participated in the event with the aim to reach the Merton borough finals on Thursday 1st December 2016 at Tooting and Mitcham Football Club.

The schools all arrived promptly and after a short introduction they were ready to go. The schools were split into two groups with the top two of each group qualifying for the finals.

Group 1 consisted of Abbotsbury, St Teresa’s, Morden, Singlegate and SS Peter and Paul. The first game between Morden and Singlegate was impressive to watch. Both teams went on the attack but it was Morden’s clinical finishing which left them victorious, winning the game 2-0. It was extremely tight in the second opener as St Teresa’s and Abbotsbury defended extremely well to keep it at 0-0. The group was extremely tight throughout as every team looked to have a chance of qualifying. Abbotsbury beat SS Peter and Paul 2-1. In SS Peter and Paul’s next game they reversed this score line against Singlegate, winning 2-1. The very next game saw Abbotsbury take on Singlegate with Singlegate winning 1-0! This shows how close in ability all teams were in this group.

The final standings were:

  1. Morden

  2. SS Peter and Paul

  3. Abbotsbury

  4. Singlegate

  5. St Teresa’s

Group 2 consisted of Malmesbury, Cranmer, Haslemere and Liberty. Malmesbury and Cranmer played first in the group and set the standard. The game was end to end with both sides attacking and defending well. Cranmer ended with victory with a narrow 1-0 win. Liberty and Haslemere managed to keep each other out in a hard fought 0-0 draw. It was Cranmer and Malmesbury who were taking control of the group scoring highly in their remaining fixtures.

The final standings were:

  1. Cranmer

  2. Malmesbury

  3. Liberty

  4. Haslemere

After a short debreif we were ready for the final fixtures of the day. This would help give overall positions for the cluster. Haslemere played Singlegate for 7th place. Both teams scored two goals in a thrilling match. The game was decided on sudden death penalties which Singlegate won. Meanwhile for 5th place Abbotsbury took control of the game by scoring two quick goals which was enough to take victory over Liberty. The game for 3rd place was an exciting game as both teams played at high intensity looking for the win. This game had to be decided on penalties too which Malmesbury won after several rounds of successful penalties. The final was between Morden and Cranmer. Two excellent sides who performed well as a team. Morden took the honours by claiming a 1-0 win.

Huge congratulations to Morden, Cranmer, Malmesbury and SS Peter and Paul for qualifying to the borough finals. All the games were played in excellent spirit with lots of nominations for the REF-SPECT award. Some of these were for schools helping others when they fell or shaking hands at the end of the game which was excellent to see. The winner was Archie from Liberty who shook every players hand at the end of matches whether they won, lost or drew. He did this with a smile on his face, supported his team mates and even congratulated opposing managers. Well done Archie.

A big thank you must go to the superb Harris Academy Morden leaders who officiated superbly throughout the tournament.

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