The Matthew Arnold School Year 10 Boys Football Cup Champions

The Matthew Arnold School were victorious in a convincing performance that saw them beat a hearty and resilient Jubilee High School side 6-2, the same side that they had drawn with earlier in the league season.

 The Matthew Arnold started the better of the two sides and set the tone for the rest of the match, winning the physical battle but also looking to play with the ball at their feet and make the most of the width provided by their newly adopted 4-3-3 formation - the same formation that was trialled at the Real Madrid training grounds and proved successful on international soil against top Spanish opposition in preparation leading up to final. 

 Consistent early pressure resulted in an early goal for well deserved Man of the Match, Jack Cayley, who would later go on to score 4 goals in total, in what was a mature and impressive performance from the young man. Jubilee High responded well and several times tested the experienced hands of veteran goal keeper, Andrew Searle. We rode the pressure well and continued to press forward in search of a second goal, which came from a dangerous set piece from Ross Fleming to midfield dynamo Dominic Jones, who was sharp enough in the box to connect with a sweet half volley that gave the goalkeeper no chance from close range.

 The Matthew Arnold went into the break 2-0 up at half time and, after inspirational words from the coaching staff and injured regular Jerome Twum-Barima, the boys went into the second half fired up and looking for more attacking football in what turned out to be a goal fest of a second half. Cayley, like a young Chris Waddle,  popped up again with an excellent finish after a barnstorming run down the left flank which he made his own on the day. Jubilee High then converted a well worked goal that the back four of Arnold, who were solid all game, were helpless to defend against. Further goals from Cayley and an audacious lob from 30+ yards from Marcus Shodeinde put the game beyond the reach of the determined opposition who more than played their part in the final. There was a fitting moment for Jubilee High in the latter stages of the match grabbing a worthy late consolation goal, again showing the class that they are capable of.

 In the end it was smiles for the The Matthew Arnold School boys as talismanic captain Tariq Nasri lifted the District Cup in a well-deserved victory. 


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