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HHW Football final.

After scraping through the football semi-final on penalties, our boys' team went to Cavendish School to face two Waters in the final.
In recent matches, we had based our play around a solid defence and quick counter-attacks (with a little bit of route-one hoofing the ball up the pitch and trying to get on the end of it). The final began to play out in similar fashion. Two Waters passed the ball well and had a few chances, but they were unable to make the breakthrough.
Early in the first half we took the lead. A swift attack saw Oliver B break through the oppostition back line and almost slide-challenge the ball into the back of the net. Cue the celebrations.
And then we defended. And defended. And defended.
The moment we went ahead, the pattern of play became quite predictable. They attacked and we defended. Two Waters had a number of pacy attackers who caused us all manner problems. Through a combination of last-ditch defending, quality goal-keeping, the woodwork and pure luck, we managed to keep the score at 1-0. That was until two minutes to go...

In a cup final finish reminiscent of Man Utd in the Champions League, two late goals changed everything. Unfortunately we ended up being Bayern Munich in that example.
Two minutes from glory!
It was gutting for all involved - to come so close and defend so well, but that's football!

Mr Bannister and Mr Berkeley were incredibly proud of all the boys - second out of the twenty eight teams who started the competition.

And you know what they say - first: the worst, second: the best.