Our U15 football team headed to West Bromwich Albion’s stadium, The Hawthorns, to play in the U15 Small Schools Cup National Final against De La Salle Academy, from Liverpool.
After conceding an early goal, the players responded well and by the end of the first half they were on top and beginning to create chances. Despite this, the team went in 1-0 down at half time.
The equalising goal came early in the second half following a great team move, Sol Alidor-Hamilton with a searching switch of play leading to good work from Keyni Mills down the right, cutting back for Ruben Shakpoke to slot home calmly. With Langley dominating the game now, there was an injury scare when Ruben had to come off with what looked like a serious injury.
The game continued in the same pattern, with Langley dictating play and looking dangerous through Caleb Adomako-Mensah’s pace and trickery, and building play through a composed back four and midfield. After some great work from our physio Adrian Sweeney, Ruben was then fit to come back on and in true cup final fairy-tale story scores with his first touch after coming back on the pitch!
With the players so close to victory they were then pegged back during the eight minutes of injury time when De La Salle equalised following a set piece. This meant that the match went to penalties..
James Hodgson, Rio Russell, Osel Thakuri, Keyni Mills and Caleb Adomako-Mensah all stepped up and scored their penalties to win the shootout 5-4, with Joe Wicks saving one De La Salle penalty!
Congratulations to all the players and staff for such a fantastic achievement, well done!