Football League night

Last night our B-team players started their 2017-18 league.  They played a 0 – 0 draw against Hebburn Lakes, and won 2 – 0 against St Oswald B.  Well done boys.

Boys Footbal League

Our A-team have been playing in the league tonight.  They played 2 matches, winning both (5-0 & 5-1).  Mr Rushton and Mr Hunter were so proud of the way they played – not only as a team, but their work rate and attitude were superb.

Girl’s football league day 1

Competing in their first round of the league, the girl’s football teams put in a brilliant performance at Mortimer Community College. Despite it being their first outing as a team, the A team went on to win all three games played … better still they managed to not concede a single goal in all matches! The whole team worked tirelessly to ensure maximum opportunities for goals were procured and they were delighted with the results of their efforts.

The B team also displayed some fantastic team-work and brilliant sportsmanship, only losing one of their two games to their competitors. They too were left eager for the next stage of the competition which will take place on 7th November at Boldon School.

Keep up the brilliant work girls and on to the next round of the competition!

The boys begin their Bishops Cup campaign.

In their first games of the season, the boys football team progressed to the next round of the Bishops Cup on Tuesday evening. After reaching the final in the competition last year, the boys were keen to put in a good performance and start off the season well- they didn’t disappoint.

In the first game against St Columba’s (the host school), we were made to work hard, but finished with a deserved 1-0 win thanks to a first half goal from the skipper, Kyle. The second game was going against us in the first half, after some poor defensive work allowed St Mary’s to go 1-0 up. Things turned later however, thanks to a fantastic bit of defending which saw us clear a shot off the line. We then scored three great goals, largely thanks to some excellent attacking play by Nathan, Kyle and Danny. That 3-1 win meant we were guaranteed a spot in the next round, but the boys were eager to finish on top of the group; they did so with an emphatic 6-0 win over St Cuthbert’s in the final game. There was good game time for Joe, Michael and Aden, as well as more excellent defensive performances from Callum, Jamie and Chris.
Well done lads. A great start and onto the next round!

Football at St Mary’s

Last week a mixed team of Year 5 and 6 children travelled to St Mary’s Cullercoats to enjoy a friendly game of football.  The agreed rules were that each team must keep 3 girls on the pitch at all times.  All the children showed some fantastic skills and after 10 minutes Kyle found the back of the net after a long run with the ball, putting us 1 – 0 up.  At the start of the second half St Mary’s came back at us with superbly worked goal.  Following this the St Aloysius team started making fabulous passes before Olivia slotted home the winner.  Well done to all the children from St Aloysius and St Mary’s, they all received a fair play medal for excellent sporting attitude.

Year 4 Football

Tonight we hosted a friendly round robin between the three Hebburn Saint schools – St James, St Oswald’s and ourselves.  There were 3 fabulous games of football from the boys.  Even though the St Aloysius boys showed fantastic team work and perfect passing they lost 2-0 to St Oswald’s.  In the second match St James and St Oswald’s came out with a 1 all draw.  In the final match St Aloysius won 3-1 against St James.  This ultimately meant that St Oswald’s won the mini league – well done boys!  We then had a friendly penalty shoot out.  Ryan and Jake did a fabulous job in goal, but neither could stop our Jamie who scooped the prize!

Bishop’s Cup Final

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!

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Football League games

Last night a very depleted A-team attended the final league games at Hebburn.  With lots of the regular A team players in London 4 of our B team stepped into the void.  Facing a clash with the top of the table side, St Matthew’s, the boys pulled together, created some fantastic chances and after a very end to end game it finished in a very worthy 2-2 draw.  Unfortunately having put so much into this game St Oswald’s proved a tougher opposition.  Lots of chances in front of goal went astray and we were beaten 5-1.  Excellent team work on show all of the time, with the boys showing exceptional sportsmanship throughout!

A winning game from Year 4

Tonight our youngest football team, the Year 4 boys, took on St James in a friendly match at school.

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The boys started with pace and precision passing, which saw an early lead with a superb strike from Max.  The boys came in at half time 3 – 0 up.  Jamie swapped the keeper gloves with Sam at half time.  At the start of the 2nd half the boys moved well with the ball, and even though the St James goalkeeper made some exceptional saves our team put 3 more goals on the score card.  The St Aloysius goals came from Nathan (2), Max, Harry and Ben (2).

A fantastic match by both teams, showing great sportsmanship.  The referee was most impressed by the boys conduct as he had to give very few free kicks for fouls on each other.

Lionesses narrowly miss out

Tonight the Lionesses roared into action in the Inspire to Compete football tournament.

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There were 4 teams involved, forming a mini league.  Our first match was against St Matthew’s Primary and the lionesses were out of the starting blocks quickly, settling the match with a 6 – 1 win.  Next followed Simonside, playing for the first time, and the Lionesses took a comfortable 10 – 0 win.  Finally we faced St James and at half time we were trailing 2 – 1.  Following a quick turnaround the girls were once again in the driving seat finishing with a 5 – 3 victory.  This meant they topped the league table.  Then came the final playoff matches were 1st played 2nd.  This saw us playing against St James again – unfortunately many of our shots just missed the target and we lost 2 – 1, meaning St James collected the trophy.

In the presentation Olivia Hall was narrowly pipped by Eve from St James for player of the tournament.  The Lionesses wore their hearts on their sleeves and gave it 100% from the first to the final whistle.  The girls conducted themselves with maturity beyond their years and played with dedication and exceptional sportswomanship.  I could not be more proud of each and every one of them!  Mrs Whyte