Report by Mr Rushton
It was a big night for the boy’s football team as they took part in the final of the prestigious Catholic schools tournament, the Bishops Cup, hosted on our school field. This was the 60th year of the competition and reaching the final was a huge achievement for the A team, being the only St Aloysius team to do so in 10 years. 56 teams entered the tournament, but only 4 made it to the final: ourselves, St Mary’s (Whickham), St Matthew’s (Jarrow) and St Mary Magdalane’s (Seaham).
Unfortunately, the opposition proved to be too strong on the night, and we finished fourth in the face of some tough teams. It could, however, have been a lot different! In the first game, we went 2-0 up against St Mary’s (Whickham), just as we had done in the semi-finals a month ago. The goals came from Kyle and Joseph, meaning we looked very comfortable with halftime approaching. But there was a huge sense of ‘deja vu’ in the air, as once again St Mary’s fought back to 2-2! Unfortunately for us, football can be a cruel game at times: in the dying seconds, St Mary’s raced through on goal and managed to score a 3rd, taking all 3 points. This was virtually a perfect copy of the last time we played and therefore even more of a bitter pill to swallow!
This was a difficult defeat for our boys to take and we struggled in the next game against eventual winners, St Mary Magdalane’s, getting beat 4-0. At this point, I challenged the boys to put in one final big performance for the people that had come to watch them, and they didn’t disappoint. Against a very strong St Matthew’s team, we held out for a 0-0 draw, with some gutsy defending from everyone and some excellent stops in goal by Tyler.
Whilst this was a disappointing way to end the season, the boys should be incredibly proud of their efforts to reach the final. They will all hopefully learn from this experience and come away stronger from it. Well done to all and a big thank you to all parents, relatives and friends who came to support the team. We will try again next season!