St Anthony's School Hampstead

St Anthony's Girls School Hampstead

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St. Anthony's aims to provide high quality education in a caring, supportive and Catholic environment, infused by Christ's Gospel, in order that each of our pupils is able to develop fully as an individual, well-adjusted to the wider community.

Keble match reports

Match reports – First and Second XIs vs Keble.

On Wednesday 18 September, the 1st XI football team played their first competitive match of the season against Keble. I was very encouraged by the pre-match attitude and enthusiasm to make sure they were fully focused on the task ahead. The reward was a very early goal, superbly finished by Sachin (one of our Year 7 wide mid-fielders): 1-0 to St Anthony’s.

As the first half progressed, the game was tight and both teams had chances. Finally, Keble equalised just before half time. The second half saw the home team playing up the hill and it wasn’t long before their hard work was rewarded with another really good finish from Toby, one of our strikers, making the score 2-1 to St Anthony’s! This turned out to be the final score.

I certainly feel that the boys deserved their win, having tried to play a very attractive passing game, coupled with a good degree of grit and determination. A very good start to the season.

 Jonathan Stringer

 

The opening game of the season for the 2nd XI saw us take on Keble in a ten-a-side match. The game began as quite a scrappy affair with both teams becoming bogged down in a congested midfield hack-fest for the opening eight minutes or so. Nevertheless, St Anthony’s did manage to fashion a few opportunities in this period, but were unable to break through the crowded area. Unfortunately, Keble made a quick counter-attack while the majority of the St Anthony’s team were in the opposition half and scored.

The quality of the football began to improve, as the St Anthony’s boys reminded themselves of the tactical disciplines of football at this level and several substitutions and positional changes were made to the team. St Anthony’s finished the half strongly and Braden, who had come on as a substitute, scored neatly from just inside the area.

The second half included several further rolling substitutions, as we tried to find balance in this new team. The quality of football continued to improve from St Anthony’s and they were able to take a significant lead. Firstly, Braden scored again by running onto a pass on the edge of the opposition box and thundering in a shot that ricocheted off the near post and went across the line before going in off the opposite post. The third came after some sustained pressure that culminated with Sebastian scoring from close range after the Keble goal keeper had parried a shot. Finally, Braden was able to complete his hat trick after converting a parried shot himself.

The game ended 4-1 and gave the team an opportunity to find its shape. However, some much harder tests await us.

 

Anthony Christoforou