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Year 9 Kent Cup ~ Well Done Boys!

All season the boys have been working hard to keep their undefeated streak in the Kent Cup alive with some very impressive performances against difficult opposition.  This all came to a head on Saturday when they played in the final against Harvey Grammar School at the Gallagher Stadium, home of Maidstone Utd. 
The boys had a quieter than normal warm up and the pre-game talk was about focusing on a quick start and not allowing the opposition to play.  The boys took to their task perfectly and created a few early chances, but Harvey's goalkeeper kept the scores level.  Against the run of play, Harvey Grammar managed to score a free kick to give them an early lead, but it was short-lived.  Bexley picked themselves up and, after a string of excellent play, Jesse pushed the ball past the goalkeeper to equalise.  We managed to get the ball in the net again before half-time, but it was ruled offside. 1-1 at half-time. 
The team talk was all about pushing on and converting our chances.  We knew that we wanted to score early in order to take this game away from Harvey Grammar, and we did with one of George's huge throws, capitalised on by Maks.  2-1 Bexley. 
The game ebbed and flowed, but Bexley continued to assert their dominance over the game, just not having an end product.  Harvey Grammar's best player, who had been relatively quiet in the game thanks to our robust defending, picked up the ball and started an incredible run through to goal where there was a tangle of legs and, after some confusion, a penalty was given.  2-2.  It stayed that way until the end of the game, even with a few late chances from our boys, we couldn't get the ball in the net.  Under Kent rules, there is no longer extra time and penalties, so we had to settle for a shared trophy. For all round, excellent play Luke F was picked as Player of the Match. 
Although it felt like a loss on the day, I couldn't be more proud of these boys and the effort and commitment that they have shown to this team.  Next time, we will win outright...
Mr Skinner, PE Department