Merchiston Tournament 

Sunday 12th January 2020

U12 Football - Merchiston - 12

Squad – Ollie dG, John I, Isaac B, Henry S, Josh C, Ewan G, Lochie MC, Nic J

U12 Football - Merchiston 12 J

On Sunday, Mr Rooney and I took a group of U12 boys up to Merchiston to take part in their annual indoor 5-aside football tournament. This was our first year in the tournament and all of our boys were very excited to be involved.

In our first match we came up against Ardvreck and played well taking an early 2-0 lead. Ardvreck fought back and we were all square at 3 – 3. A crucial penalty decision gave us the chance to win it late on. Great composure from St. Mary’s as we ran out 4-3 winners.

Game two saw us go toe to toe with Fettes. We defended superbly in this match showing good skill on the counter. We scored two good goals and were 2 – 0 victors.

For our third match we played the hosts who had looked strong in their opening games. We absorbed plenty of pressure and the game was finely balanced. A quick and clinical breakaway saw us take the lead and we then defended superbly for the remainder of the game to hold on as 1 – 0 winners.

The tournament all came down to the final game as both Loretto and St. Mary’s were undefeated and this match was a final in all but name. We knew that if we won or drew the match we would take the crown but Loretto could win if they beat us. The game was close and both teams were playing well and only thanks to both goalkeepers was the contest scoreless. Eventually Loretto scored a well worked goal and we were up against it. However, in true St. Mary’s fashion we dug in and pushed on to score a late equaliser. We hung on to draw 1-1.

The boys conducted themselves superbly throughout the day and should be hugely proud of winning this tournament. All players involved worked hard and gave their all for the team.

Well done boys.

Mr A Inwood

Jules Birdsall, 13/01/2020

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