W.A.P. Partnership Football Tournament
Monday 22nd May 2017
Bedfordshire F.A. played host to the second annual West Area Partnership football tournament and Chantry, last year’s winners, were there to represent the school again with two strong teams. The weather was ideal for a day of sport with bright skies from the outset, which mirrored Chantry’s start as both teams won their first games. From the beginning we played a great standard of football, staying strong at the back and swift on the attack. Team 1, wearing black, were drawn against a Pirton team for their second match and managed to end the game 3-0 winners. This was thanks to some great goalkeeping and super finishing. Team 2 in burgundy; saw their second game finish 1-0 against a very good Downside team, proving to be clinical when in front of goal.
Team 1 went on to finish their group stages very strongly not losing a game or letting in a single goal. This resulted in them being awarded a place in the semi-final of the cup. Team 2 also did very well finishing third in a strong group after one narrow loss and a draw. This saw them into the semi-final of the plate competition.
Team 1 had a tough semi-final which ended in a 1-1 draw so it was taken to penalties, Chantry scored all of theirs putting them into the final. Team 2 were drawn against a strong Ferrars team and narrowly lost their semi-final 1-0. This meant that unfortunately they were eliminated but being a team of Year 4’s in a Year 6 competition we as a school couldn’t be any more proud of what they achieved.
Team 1, through to the cup final, had stiff competition in the form of Pirton Hill, a well-known rival to Chantry. Both teams started off unsettled but eventually Chantry’s quality began to shine through. We had a number of chances that could have easily been converted but Pirton were able to keep the score to 0. Chantry’s defence were tested on one or two occasions bringing some fantastic saves by the Chantry keeper. By the final whistle the score was still at 0-0 so the game was to be decided by a penalty shootout. Chantry started strong scoring their first 3, Pirton missing 1. Two out of the next 3 Chantry missed, Pirton doing on exactly the same. At this point it was crucial to score. Chantry scored their penalty, leaving Pirton needing to score. Fortunately Pirton’s penalty was well saved by our keeper meaning that Chantry were the winners only letting in one goal!
As you can imagine we are extremely proud of both teams and thank them for their great effort on a hot day. Well done boys!