The Fielding Boys played their penultimate group game of the Peal Shield today knowing that they needed a win to keep their hopes of a semi final place alive. CTS were yet to register a win before today's game so we knew if we picked up where we left off against Little Ealing in our last game we had a very good chance. In what seems to be a trend in this last week in big games, the boys had a poor start to the game and found themselves 1-0 down really soon after the start of the game. It took until around the 10 minute mark before Fielding started to go through the gears and after a good period of pressure Oliver popped up on his debut start in the Peal Shield to get an equaliser. The goal brought us to life and for the remainder of the first half it seemed as though CTS were hanging on for the draw.
The start of the second half seemed like a completely different team to the one that started the game as our boys kept the pressure on the CTS goal and really started to make the keeper work hard. Eventually the CTS keeper could no longer keep the ball out as the goals started flying in. Another goal from Oliver, 2 from Zach and 2 from Joe meant that at the final whistle Fielding had won the game 6-1. An excellent performance from the boys moves them up to 2nd in the group with one more game to play. However, we do need a St. Raphael's win over Selbourne in another fixture in this round to ensure we still have a chance of going through. We did what we had to , now we have to cross our fingers!
The girls should have also been playing their penultimate game today but the final fixture against Edward Betham has already been handed to the girls as Edward Betham's girls team have pulled out of the competition giving us a 3-0 win in our final game. However, with 4 teams on 9 points at the start of the day and CTS being one of them, we needed this win to ensure we made the semi's. After a phenomenal London Youth Games last week the girls were in a confident mood which showed straight from the whistle. It took a matter of minutes for Alessia to get her name on the score sheet and settle on nerves and only a few more minutes for a second. At half time the girls were 5-0 up after 3 goals from Alessia, a wonder strike from Oona and and very well worked goal from Serafina.
In the second half we just needed to keep our composure and make sure we put in the same effort as we did in the first. The girls were fantastic once again and remained solid at the back to ensure that Alicia had a fairly quiet afternoon in goal. At the other end of the pitch we had another two goals from Daisy and Izzy (I think - I was trying to remain neutral while refereeing. I'm sure the girls will correct me if I'm wrong!) to ensure that we had a very nice 7-0 win to move us to the top of the table and guarantee us a place in the semi final. Well done girls. You were superb again.