Double delight for St Gregory’s as county sides feel the wrath

St Gregory's Middle School did the double
St Gregory's Middle School did the double

St Gregory’s Middle School have been crowned double county champions after the U13 boys and girls teams both won their respective competitions.

The boys retained the trophy they had won last year by beating Barnfield West 3-0.

They quickly raced into a 2-0 lead, playing some of their best football since coming together as a team.

Dylan Asonganyi opened the scoring with a well worked individual goal and Anu Alemanji slotted in a superb team goal soon after.

Barnfield West hit back with a spell of pressure of their own but the St Gregory’s goal remained intact thanks to some strong defending from Brandone Mutombo.

The score was 2-0 at half-time and the St Gregory’s boys were very confident of getting the job finished in the second half.

Fraelias Mienabolo scored soon after the break with a stunning left foot drive to put the result beyond doubt.

So, it was left to captain Kevin Njamen to once again lift the trophy aloft.

The girls, meanwhile, were entered into the County Cup for the first time in the school’s history.

They won their first ever 11-a-side game 8-0 against Cardinal Newman and the second game 10-0 against Barnfield West Girls.

That was followed by a 5-3 victory over Ashton Middle in the semis, thanks to an incredible performance from Neldia Adams, which set up a final showdown with Stopsley High School.

The game started very similarly to the boys’ final, with St Gregory’s storming into a 2-0 lead thanks to an outstanding long distance strike from Saskia Powell and a team goal from Emelia Ives.

This seemed to wake the Stopsley girls up and they produced a spell of excellent football before half-time to draw level at 2-2.

The second half started with both teams having chances and a real battle ensued until St Gregory’s were given a corner which found its way Apollonia Bass who made no mistake in rocketing the ball home for 3-2.

Stopsley once again hit back and the game looked like it was heading towards extra-time, but Saskia Powell found the energy to make a run across the Stopsley back line and Julia Bangala found her with an inch perfect pass.

It was left to Powell to bury the ball and send the girls into joyous celebration, with captain Jasmine Ajayi lifting the trophy.

The girls also won a County League tournament meaning they are now double county champions in their first season of competitive 11-a-side football.

Powell is also a double County Cup winner, with the cup final heroine having played for both boys’ team and the girls’ team during the season.