A massive congratulations to the Y8 football team. After an incredible and record breaking season that took us all the way to the semi finals of the English Schools Cup before losing 1-0 to the eventual winners, we had the chance to do what no Priestnall team has done before, win the Greater Manchester Cup.
We were drawn against St Ambrose, the Salford champions. Priestnall were under pressure from the off with St Ambrose taking a well deserved lead after 15 minutes. In goal Ben was phenomenal and kept the score respectable making some incredible saves. As Priestnall tried to regroup we got hit on the counter attack and St Ambrose scored a ‘worldie’ for 30 yards out. Disaster!
2-0 down at half time and with a mountain to climb, Priestnall still nowhere near the type of form that saw them go so deep into the English schools competitions, things were looking grim.
Priestnall came out battling and made more of a competition of it in the second half with both teams looking dangerous. Clearly the next goal was going to be crucial. After some near misses from both teams, with 15 minutes to go our captain found himself 1 on 1 in the 18 yard box and Alex calmly placed the ball beyond the keeper making it 2-1. This galvanised Priestnall and we started to take the game to St Ambrose. Toby went clean through with 8 minutes to go and looked like making it all square when he was brought down on the edge of the box. Up stepped top marksman Euan who smashed in the equaliser making it 2-2 sparking scenes of jubilation.
With minutes remaining and teams preparing for extra time, Priestnall secured a corner. The ball was floated in and once again Euan, the man for the big occasion, reacted first and sent the ball goalward. It bobbled across the line before hitting the inside of the post and going in. Pandemonium! With injured players battling through the pain barrier, Priestnall controlled a nervy last few minutes before the referee blew for full time making Priestnall for the first time in our history the Greater Manchester Champions!
It was a fitting end to a rollercoaster of a season. This team do not know when they are beat and I could not be more proud of the students who have represented the school with distinction all year long.
Mr A Morrison