Sporting Success

May 23

Champions of Bristol and Champions of Gloucestershire!

The 6th Form Football Team recently became Bristol Champions for the first time ever, beating Bradley Stoke 2-1 in the final on Wednesday 8th May at Fry Club, Keynsham. They followed it up 7 days later by becoming the first ever SMRT u18 team to win the Gloucestershire County Cup, beating Katherine Lady Berkeley School 1-0 in the County Final to complete an unbeaten season.

Having progressed through the group and knockout stages of the Bristol cup unbeaten, the team put in a very solid performance from start to finish in the final and thoroughly deserved their victory. Despite creating plenty of opportunities, a lack of composure in front of goal meant that the first half ended goalless. However, a low left footed strike from just inside the area to finish off a flowing move from Ollie Norman and a delightful lob from Chris Sefia gave SMRT a comfortable lead midway through the second half. Bradley Stoke upped their efforts and clawed a goal back, but with time running out SMRT defended resolutely and held out for a memorable win to delight the band of hardy supporters who had suffered an absolute soaking in dreadful weather, but still remained in good voice. The trophy was presented to captain Ollie Haynes by Tim Shears, Secretary of the Bristol Schools FA, and the Man of the Match Award went to Frank Tobin

There was slightly better weather for the Gloucestershire County Cup, and the team again continued the form that had seen them go through the entire competition with a 100% record of 7 wins out of 7 games. SMRT started the game brightly, absorbing the initial pressure from a talented KLB team and then playing quickly in the counter attack. As the game progressed, and with a significant wind behind them, SMRT began to exert significant pressure on the KLB goal with chances becoming more and more frequent, but with too many near misses and a shot hitting the post it looked as if it wasn't going to be their day. However SMRT continued to dominate the midfield, with Frank Tobin and Ollie Haynes outstanding. Further chances were to come and go, with their keeper saving from point blank range from Ollie Norman, and Ollie Haynes' well-flighted free kick almost creeping in after slipping through the keeper's hands but going just the wrong side of the post. KLB looked dangerous on the counter attack, but did not threaten Mitchell's goal very often.

The second half began with KLB determined to get back into the game and the roles began to reverse, with SMRT finding it difficult to keep possession effectively playing into a now very strong wind. The SMRT defence was very well organised and showed real resilience in keeping the KLB attack at bay, with Billy Devoy in particular playing superbly well in containing the threat from wide positions, whilst offering an attacking outlet down the left. Some last ditch tackles from Anthony Sefia and Dexter Doling Baker ensured that the game remained goalless entering the final stages of the game, although SMRT were consistently offering a threat on the counter attack. With the game looking as if it was certain to go to extra time and possibly the dreaded penalties, SMRT gained possession in their own half and played their way into the attacking third, where Chris Sefia played an incisive through ball into the path of Tanzil Gibbons, who showed great composure to slide the ball past the onrushing KLB keeper with just over a minute left on the clock. SMRT then ran down the remainder of the time (with Frank and Billy playing keep ball in the corner!) to the great delight of the travelling SMRT faithful to become Gloucestershire Schools u18 Champions! The Man of the Match was named as Billy Devoy.

 

6th Form Bristol Schools Cup web
Bristol Cup Squad: Back Row, Left to Right; George Bassett, Jack Ewing, Anthony Sefia, Dexter Doling Baker, Mitchell Hill, Chris Sefia, Frank Tobin, Tom Booth, Tom Williamson. Front Row, Left to Right; Billy Devoy, Ollie Haynes (c), Ollie Norman, Josh Jassal


6th form glos schools cup web
Gloucestershire Squad: Back Row, Left to Right; James Ellis (Assistant Manager/Physio/Cone Boy/Water Boy/Kit Man), Tom Williamson, George Bassett, Dexter Doling Baker, Anthony Sefia, Mitchell Hill, Chris Sefia, Jack Ewing, Tanzil Gibbons, Mr. Murphy. Front Row, Left to Right; Billy Devoy, Ollie Haynes (c), Frank Tobin, Ollie Norman, Josh Jassal