Wednesday 8th November 2017 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 Friday 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 impossible to separate the teams, with the game finishing 1-1. St Teresa’s and Abbotsbury played out an exciting opening match with both teams determined for the win, in the end Abbotsbury quality finishing was the deciding factor as they won 2-0. The group was extremely tight throughout as every team looked to have a chance of qualifying. SS Peter and Paul lost their opening fixture 2-1 to Singlegate, however, they were determined not to let this affect their chances of qualification and they fought back to win their next two games. Abbotsbury were starting to take control of their group and won their first three fixtures before drawing their final match with SS Peter and Paul to ensure they finished top of their group! This shows how close in ability all teams were in this group.

The final standings were:

  1. Abbotsbury

  2. SS Peter and Paul

  3. Singlegate

  4. Morden

  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 in a narrow 2-1 win. Liberty and Haslemere played in the other group game and Liberty were already showing their quality with a strong 2-0 win. It was Cranmer and Liberty who were taking control of the group scoring highly in their remaining fixtures, even though when they came up against each other, nothing could separate them as they played out a 0-0 draw. With Haslemere and Malmesbury both chasing the two at the top after their draw, their match had added significance. Malmesbury managed to sneak a 1-0 win, which meant Haslemere could no longer qualify for the Borough Finals. In the end it proved fruitless for Malmesbury as Cranmer and Liberty were just too strong as they secured the qualification places.

The final standings were:

  1. Liberty

  2. Cranmer

  3. Malmesbury

  4. Haslemere

After a short debrief we were ready for the final fixtures of the day. This would help give overall positions for the cluster. The game for 3rd place bewtween SS Peter and Paul and Cranmer was an exciting game as both teams played at high intensity looking for the win. Cranmer took an early lead but the pressure from SS Peter and Paul was persistent and it nearly paid off in the final minute, only both posts and a goaline clearance saving them and giving them victory and 3rd place overall. The final was between Abbotsbury and Liberty. Two excellent sides who performed well as a team. Liberty took the honours by claiming a 1-0 win in another high quality match with good chances at both ends just narrowly missing the target.

Huge congratulations to Liberty, Abbotsbury, Cranmer 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 Abbotsbury who shook every players hand at the end of matches, congratulating their opponents when they scored and were extremely gracious in the victories they had.

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

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