Match Report
Reading Blue Coat School 6th XI vs  Salesian College Boys-U18D
On: Wednesday, 13 Feb 2019
Venue: at Home

RBCS 6th 3 - 2 Salesians 4th

Goals: Theo Petrault, Ryan Woolmington, Billy Barnaby

The 6ths made certain of top spot in the Super League 4, despite still having a game in hand on nearest rivals, Salesians. The quiet calm of a comfortable 3-0 score line with two minutes to go was shattered as two late goals made the last few minutes a lively affair.

Celebrity mention - Rowan Sinclair - excellent defensive performance ensuring Salesians hardly had an attack down the left and bombed forward to supply the assist for the excellently worked second goal.

Top of the table Salesians arrived, only having lost to our 7ths only to be met by, in their coaches words, “The best footballing team they’ve come across” (sorry 7ths). Theo went close early on and Luke Almeida caused a persistent threat down the right to supply another excellent cross which Theo calmly side footed in to take the lead. Ryan received a kick to the top of his boot, which curtailed his creativity but nevertheless, Jack Griffin, having his best game to date, supplied the wide players with plenty of ball whilst keeping a particularly irritanting opponent quiet. Ajay Johal, another having his best performance of the season showed a competitive edge as the ever dependable Charlie Cox and James Penrose kept the Salesians’ forwards quiet. It wasn’t a virtuoso performance but 1-0 into the wind was satisfactory at half time.

Billy Barnaby came into the fray at half-time and made an instant impact with excellent distribution and close control and he was involved in the 10+ pass move that started on our left and finished on the right with Rowan putting in a super cross for Ryan to poke in for a deserved 2-0. Billy Barnaby, after some neat work along the by-line, shot in off the ‘keeper at the near post to extended the lead. Several other chances went begging, even one from 3m!! But the 4th goal wouldn’t quite come.

The game then became a bit scrappy as Salesians pushed for a consolation and then a push in the box saw the Salesians’ player hit the floor for a penalty which was duly dispatched. A high gambled ball ‘into the mixer’ saw, for the first time a defensive panic and the ball rolled into the net for a 3-2 score line to set up a tense final two minutes. Calm was restored as the ball was kept on the ground to see out the game with improved possessional awareness to ensure the victory was taken.

Next up...the 7ths. Then into the play-offs to see if the table topping side can maintain their position.....exciting times!