With excitement high, the Year 6-a-side travelled over to Beckenham to take on the winners from Croydon, Bromley and Beckenham for the chance to represent Crystal Palace at a national tournament. The first match saw us start slow but dominate without scoring a goal. Next, we were up against a team from Croydon – who had started strongly. A strong performance by us was disrupted by the size and power of their players. We quickly went down 1-0 and continued to press for an equaliser before conceding a second goal late on. A team talk lead by captain Olivier was met with a reaction in the next game and the boys secured the win they deserved, after the smallest player on the pitch (Alex) headed in a brilliant cross from Xavier. With half the tournament gone, we still stood a chance of progressing, but had to reach the levels of the previous round to stand a chance. A repeat of our first game, saw us dominant the team but were unable to find a way through as the opposition goal keeper made save after save after save. This meant we had an uphill battle to win the tournament, but the release of pressure meant we started to play some wonderful football. The next game was against the outstanding team of the day from Croydon. Again the team dominant, but struggled to score and conceded after a goal mouth scramble. The focus now turned from winning the tournament to enjoying the rest of the day and this showed in our last performance. The boys’ showed brilliant attitude and continued to play brilliantly. Unfortunately, they again dominated the match, but conceded a goal. A great last 5 minutes of the tournament saw some brilliant football and us gain a deserved equaliser. After the tournament had finished, the team got to meet Crystal Palace goalkeeper. Overall, the boys were disappointed to not play to the standards they set in the last tournament however on the day the best side won the tournament. Well done to all involved!
Player of the Tournament: Dylan for his strong defending and great leadership throughout the day
Special Mention: Arjun for going in goal after an injury and not conceding a goal
Outstanding Performance in a Match: Olivier for marking the standout player of the day out of the game.