Year 12 vs Year 13 Football Match
Kieran Seager and Dom Riley struck early to set Year 13 on their way to a 3-1 win over a lively Year 12 side in this hotly-contested Sixth Form fixture.
With October’s previous renewal of this clash ending in a 1-1 stalemate, it seemed there was much more at stake this time as both sides vied to come out on top in what is always a competitive game between the two Sixth Form Year Groups.
Year 13 started the better of the two sides, scoring after just two minutes with their first chance on goal as Seager’s powerful strike from just outside the box beat Year 12 goalkeeper Aidan Dougherty at his near right post.
The momentum was very much with Year 13 in the opening stages as they quickly doubled their advantage with just five minutes on the clock; Riley burying his shot from five yards out into the centre of the Year 12 goal.
Year 13 almost got a third after just eight minutes when captain Tom Hill’s header from a corner struck the post and went wide; a reprieve for Year 12 as they felt the pressure. However, Year 12 went close themselves shortly after, when Alex McCabe swung a well-taken free-kick into the Year 13 box which was just inches too high as Pete Stockwin attempted to head it in.
Year 13 responded well, with Ben Preece winning a free-kick on the edge of the Year 12 penalty area. Preece went for goal with a powerful, well-struck shot but Dougherty made a fine save, reacting well and palming the ball away.
As the game reached the 20 minute mark, Year 13 got their chance to go 3-0 up as Jordan Wood was awarded a controversial penalty kick by referee Mr Trusler after going down in the Year 12 box under a strong challenge from Luke Warwick. Wood took the penalty himself and made no error as he fired it into the bottom right hand corner, Dougherty diving the correct way but unable to reach the ball in time.
As the first half of the hour-long contest ended, Year 13 were in a very commanding position. But in the opening stages of the second half they were tested much more fiercely by Year 12, who were beginning to play with increased exuberance and looked determined to make a breakthrough. Will Fraser and Mitch Walker both had chances but fired their shots wide before Year 13 responded through Luke Marney’s strike, which he blazed over the bar.
After the already contentious penalty decision, a further dispute erupted after Mr Trusler awarded what Year 12 captain Walker saw as an erroneous throw-in decision. After questioning the call in strong terms, Walker was awarded the only yellow card of the match by Mr Trusler for dissent.
Year 12 continued to dig deep and started to take control of play, Fraser again going close but shooting narrowly the wrong side of the post. At the next opportunity, Year 12 got their deserved goal as Toby Gruncell marauded into the Year 13 box from his defensive position, riding a challenge from Ben Lawrence and hitting a well-aimed strike which found the bottom right hand corner of the net.
With just eight minutes to go, Year 12 striker Jack Paterson went down in the Year 13 box under two heavy challenges from Hill and Lawrence that looked deserving of a penalty kick, but Mr Trusler was unconvinced and said they were fair tackles.
With the score at 3-1 and Year 12 still in the ascendency, it looked as if a comeback might be on the cards but ultimately Year 13 proved too strong in the closing stages and saw out the match without further incident.
YEAR THIRTEEN (4-5-1): Hunt, Best, Hill (captain), Lawrence, Eastgate, Riley, Wood, Hannigan, Seager, Preece, Marney
YEAR TWELVE (4-4-2): Dougherty, Anderson, Lamb, Warwick, Gruncell, Swales, Walker (captain) (booked), McCabe (sub Mason 30’), Stockwin, Fraser, Paterson
REFEREE: Mr S Trusler
MAN OF THE MATCH: Kieran Seager for Year 13 and Mitch Walker for Year 12.
Match report by Toby Foster