Oakham School’s U18 Football Team have rounded off an extraordinary season that has led them all the way to the ISFA National Cup Final, placing them second in the country.
The final was held at the Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre – a suitably inspiring location for both the players and the numerous parents, pupils and Old Oakhamians that came to support them.
Director of Teaching and Learning Mr Jonathan Andrews tells us more:-
“Playing against a strong Alleyn’s side, the girls knew they would have their work cut out for them; but after a successful season to date and semi-final victory built on solid defensive work and endeavour, they approached the game with positivity.
The initial minutes of the game were frenetic as both teams looked to get a foothold in the game. Alleyn’s found their shape in midfield and began to control the possession, but were unable to break Oakham down as they defended in numbers. The breakthrough came halfway through the half as a quick interchange of passes found the Alleyn’s centre-forward with enough space to get a shot off. Alleyn’s doubled their lead before half-time with a break away.
The half-time team talk saw Oakham change their shape slightly in a bid to match that of Alleyn’s in the middle of the pitch. The changes worked effectively for Oakham who began the second half as the stronger team and pressed for the all-important next goal.
But, for the positive start made to the half, it was Alleyn’s who scored the next goal, against the run of play.
When Alleyn’s scored the final goal of the game with a neat cross and finish move, the contest was over but Oakham’s endeavour did not diminish. At the final whistle, the Oakham players congratulated their opposition on a deserved win; in a competitive game the quality of the Alleyn’s side shone through. The young Oakham side, disappointed but not disgraced in their performance or attitude, vowed to return to go one better next year.”