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Sports Results - Week Beginning 12 May 2014

Under 18 West Midlands Cup Final  (Andy Badham Trophy) - 14 May 2014

St Thomas Aquinas v Woodlands School, Coventry. Lost 4 - 3

The keenly awaited U18 West Midlands football final took place on Wednesday 15 May.

There was a tremendous atmosphere at Wast Hills, the training facility for Birmingham City F.C. and a great turn out of supporters for our sixth form lads.

It was a tense first half where Aquinas struggled to settle to a game pattern. Woodlands got into an early stride and made the Aquinas defence have to work hard. The strategy of both sides was clear where route number one was used by both teams throughout the first half. Aquinas soaked up the more consistent approach of Woodlands who had superior ability with the ball in the air. Aquinas made some errors in clearing their defence and the result was inevitable going into the break 2 -1 down despite every effort from the back four to clear their lines.

In the second half a change of shape was required and Aquinas played to their strength which was playing short, snappy football and it started to have an impact with a great period of play for the lads where the pressure was firmly on Woodlands to try and obtain the ball. There was some outstanding play from the midfield spreading the ball and linking well with each other, building momentum and frustration for the opposition. Every time Aquinas seemed to be getting ahead Woodlands counter attack kept them slightly ahead with the score line throughout the game. What was truly impressive was our lads' sheer determination during the game. Shortly after the break Aquinas equalised which was appreciated by a very jubilant crowd. Mr Foley was seen punching the air!

Unfortunately Woodlands dampened the Aquinas spirits by quickly responding with another goal. When their fourth went in the lads rallied once more. In a frenetic last quarter, captain Anthony Fletcher got a penalty which made for a very interesting last 10 minutes for Woodlands where Aquinas threw everything at it in trying to gain an equaliser. It was not to be!

Although we did not get the result we all wanted the boys can be very proud to reach the West Midlands final this year.

Well done to Anthony Fletcher (C), Luke Barnacle, Reiss Brayshaw, Joe Brown, Elliot Cody, Jordan Field, Ryan Joinson, Louis Kavanagh, Aiden Kelly, Kieran Laki, Tom Lowe, Sam McConaghy, Harry Mooney, Daniel Moore, Bradley Perkin, Jae Plummer and Mahesh Vara.

U18 West Midlands Cup Finalists 2014!

Mr Houston
Head of Physical Education


I was very pleased to join lots of other staff and students to cheer on our Under 18 boys in the final of the West Midlands Andy Badham Trophy against Woodlands Academy, Coventry on Wednesday evening. Unfortunately, after a fantastic game against a much bigger side the lads lost 4-3. In a thrilling finale the ball would not go in for a deserved equaliser and extra time. Nevertheless, led by Anthony Fletcher they played their hearts out and were fantastic ambassadors for St Thomas Aquinas. Well done to each and every one of them - Luke Barnacle, Reiss Brayshaw, Joe Brown, Elliot Cody, Jordan Field, Anthony Fletcher, Ryan Johnson, Louis Kavanagh, Aiden Kelly, Keiran Laki, Tom Lowe, Sam McConaghy, Harry Mooney, Daniel Moore, Bradley Perkin, Jae Plummer and Mahesh Vara.

It's the turn of the girls on Monday. U14 Girls football team vs Sandwell Academy (West Midlands Cup Final!)

Mr Foley



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