Felixstowe Academy's Year 11 Boys Football Team recently played Leventhorpe High School, near Harlow, in the National Cup.
The Leventhorpe team started very well, piling on a large amount of pressure and playing some great football. They took the lead in the first half through a long range deflected shot which beat Will O’Maley in goal. Leventhorpe continued to pile on the pressure during the first half, but thanks to our defence we kept the score at 1-0 going into half time.
The Felixstowe team used the half time break effectively, using the time to talk through our approach to the game and make a few changes which completely changed the game in the second half.
Felixstowe Academy went on to dominate the second half, having numerous shots and a large amount of possession. However the Leventhorpe keeper made some great saves, denying Felixstowe on a number of occassions. Eventually our hard work paid off and Sam Ford scored a crucial equalising goal. The Year 11 team nearly won the game in normal time with Aaron Bull and Jake Crumlish both coming agonisingly close.
With the scoreline tied, the match went into extra time and remained 1-1 at half time (extra time). Late into the final period of extra time however, Leventhorpe had a lucky break. Their corner, with the assistance of heavy wind, went straight into the goal to the surprise of everybody including the corner taker. The Academy team then pushed hard for the equaliser to take the game to penalties; however we were unsuccessful and Leventhorpe scored on the counter attack.
It was a very tight game but unfortunately we lost 3-1 but we still congratulate the Year 11 team who did extremely well to get to the final 128 out of 750 schools.
The Year 11s are still in the Suffolk County Cup and are preparing for the Semi Finals of this competition.