Dick Bailey Runners Up

Last Tuesday the St Catherine’s football team played in final of the biggest cup competition in Barnet, the Dick Bailey Cup. It is with great sadness to say, that the boys lost it on penalties.

Despite absolutely dominating the first half the boys couldn’t get the ball passed the Orion Goalkeeper and so the first half ended in 0-0.

St Catherine’s started the second half in similar dominate fashion, hitting the crossbar early on, before going 1-0 down to a penalty. The boys lost their collective focus and conceded twice more in the next five minutes to find themselves inexplicably 3-0 down.

Remarkably with only 8 minutes to go St Catherine’s got what seemed like a consolation goal through Fabjan. Despite going close it seemed that the game was destined to end 3-1 before Daniel gave the boys a late hope with an opportunistic strike.

Then in the very last minute the St Catherine’s boys immense pressure told, as the Captain Ben equalised after a scramble following a well worked corner.

There was only one team in it during extra time with four minutes to go Fabjan bagged his second goal of the game to seemingly with the elusive Dick Bailey Cup!

Unfortunately, there was a very nasty twist in the tale and moments letter the Orion Bays equalised.

And so it was, the dreaded penalties. Which we lost in.  I can’t describe the pride I have for the team and all that they have achieved this season. Thank you to all the boys and parents for what has been an amazing unprecedented season. Despite losing on penalties in the final, they boys did go the entire League and Cup season (including two Year 6 six aside tournaments) unbeaten. The boys should be so proud of themselves for brining so much success to the school.

Mr Casey