St Ursula's win the Bristol Schools Football Finals at Ashton gate Stadium.
Wednesday 1st may saw St Ursula’s year 5&6 Football team attend the Bristol Schools Football Finals at Ashton Gate Stadium. They gained their place in the final through being top of the North Bristol football league. The team had a tough day ahead of them, playing against the top football teams for their age throughout the city. St Ursula’s starting brightly in their first game against West Town Lane, two goals from Sam secured a 2-0 victory.
Up next was Summer Hill, squad rotation saw Evie start in the midfield. St Ursula’s attacking threats proved to strong with Sam scoring again. St Ursula’s solid defence then held firm to see out the game.
St Ursula’s started slowly in their next game against Holy Mead and found themselves 1-0 down after a couple of minutes. However St Ursula’s character and leadership proved to strong again. After a nail biting couple of minutes Louis fired the ball in the back of the net to bring the game back to 1-1. With the clock down to the last minute and a draw looking likely Bradley came out of nowhere and pinged the ball passed the keeper to gain a 2-1 win. This result saw St Ursula’s progress into the semi finals.
Our semi final fixture was against Bridge Farm and it proved to be an absolute thriller. After a full match and extra time the scores were locked at 1-.1 The result of the match came down to penalties. To the delight and cheers of the travelling St Ursula’s parents in the stands we came out winners and progressed into the Bristol Schools Football Final.
A 5 minutes each way match would decide the top team in Bristol. From the moment the starting whistle blew St Ursula’s meant business. Constant phases of attacking play kept Ashton Gate School under pressure. After three minutes St Ursula’s proved too strong and Sam stepped up yet again to tap the ball into net and put the team 1-0 up. From this point onwards St Ursula’s “parked the bus”. Some outstanding defending from Jack and Tomos and tireless work rate from the whole team was enough to see the game out and secure a victory for St Ursula’s. The final whistle went and travelling fans, parents and players went wild as St Ursula’s were crowned football champions of Bristol for the first time in its history.
This is an outstanding achievement for all involved and means a great deal to parents, staff but most importantly the pupils. The dedication and hard work from the pupils all year has been unbelievable and they can be incredibly proud of what they have achieved for both themselves and the school.
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