Mesne Lea Football News
Football Training is on a Thursday after school and during lunch time for Year 3 - Year 6.
Mesne Lea won the girls' football tournament at Broadoak Primary.
Girls' Football team
Mesne Lea girls’ team took part in a competition on Tuesday afternoon at Salford Sports Village. We opened up with an impressive 2-0 win, with Lonique scoring both goals. Our girls continued this impressive form, winning our next game 2-1 with Millie having a superb game from the centre of midfield. We then played our next game and won it in style - 3-0. This game showed off our huge talent throughout the side, with Amber and Sophie having brilliant games. We then played our final group game, knowing that we already had the group stages sewn up and we managed to draw 0-0, with some superb play from Evangeline and Melody unfortunately not yielding the goals it deserved.
These impressive results lead the team to finish comfortably first in the league stage of the tournament. This then led to a semi-final game against Cathedral school, where our girls continued to impress the spectators with their high-energy, skilful game. The girls won the semi-final with a superb 3-0 victory, which led to a final against another equally impressive team Westwood Park, after they won their semi-final 3-0. The final was a tight affair, and with chances missed from the Mesne Lea girls, we were taken into 3 minutes of sudden-death extra time. As the seconds ticked by, Amelia picked the ball up in her own half, danced past 4 opposing players, cut in on her right foot and rifled the ball into the bottom corner from the edge of the area. Causing delight amongst her teammates, the girls managed to regain their composure to add a further goal with just seconds to spare – meaning Mesne Lea won the competition having played 6, won 5, drawn 1, scored 12 and conceded just 1 goal. Amelia finished scoring 7 goals, Lonique and Millie bagged 2, and Amber scored 1 despite playing the whole tournament in defence.
This was a stunning way to start the sporting year. The girls behaved impeccably and represented our school in the best ways possible – with a positive attitude, a winning mentality and sportsmanship throughout every game. Well done girls, let’s hope this is a start of a trophy-filled year for Mesne Lea girls’ team!
Mesne Lea Football - Mid-Season Review
Mesne Lea’s football team have been in action all this half term in the Worsley Small Schools league.
Following some strenuous and challenging trials, difficult decisions were made by Mr Stead and Mr Peers and a team was picked. Their choices have been justified by some superb performances in the first half of the season.
The season began with a comfortable 2-0 win over Bridgewater, with goals coming from Elliot and Safwan. The second game, a 1-1 draw with Ellenbrook, again showed that the team was working well together and the win was only denied by a clear mistake by the referee (we don’t blame you really Mr Peers!)
The second set of fixtures saw a record home crowd turn out with tens of people lining the touchline. They were not disappointed with what they saw. First, Boothstown Methodist were easily dispatched 3-0 with commanding performances from Elliot, Joe and Amelia in the midfield. Archie and Ross also held firm in defence.
The second game saw Mesne Lea race into a 2-0 lead against Christ the King. Although not often threatened in goal, Ethan was forced to make some superb saves (including tipping a penalty onto the post). The strike force of Kallum, Leo, Safwan and Jake also made sure of the win with some superb pressing.
The final league match before the winter break came away at St. Paul’s Crompton. Again Mesne Lea played brilliantly, the undoubted talent of the team being boosted with intelligent tactical knowledge from the coaches.
A 2-0 win saw Mesne Lea finish top of the small schools league, a place where they rightly belong.
Whilst qualifying for the Champions League stage may have seemed easy, the hard work is just beginning for these champion players.
League matches will resume in March with the team now given time to concentrate on a cup run.
Mesne Lea Football Team 2015/2016
We would like to thank the PTA and the School of Football for providing our school team with their new kit.
Year 5 Tournament - Monday 17th May 2016
On Tuesday, Mesne Lea took part in a Year 5 football tournament at Walkden High School. With 8 teams entering, the schools were separated into groups of 4, with Mesne Lea placed alongside St. Mark’s, St. Andrew’s and St. Paul’s Crompton St.
Our first game came against St Mark’s, where defences were on top throughout – with Ross and Archie the star players, keeping the opposition comfortably at bay. Going forward, an excellent performance from Joe was very nearly capped with a goal but for a superb save from a confident St. Mark’s goalkeeper.
A deserved draw in the opening game was followed immediately by a game against St. Pauls, with Year 4’s Daniel's starting his first game for the school in goal. A cagey opening was broken by a stunning one-touch move from St. Pauls, resulting in the opening goal – there was absolutely nothing any one of the Mesne Lea players could do anything about the flowing move. Instead of letting our heads drop, Mesne Lea produced wave-after-wave of attack, led valiantly by Amelia and Kallum, both Year 4 students. After missing several gilt-edged chances, Mesne Lea finally got the goal they deserved after great work by Amelia, with Jake on hand to turn in a fumble from the unlucky St. Paul’s goalkeeper. This turned out to be the final kick of a breathless game.
In their final group game, Mesne Lea had to achieve a positive result against St. Andrew’s, knowing that even a narrow defeat could catapult them into a semi-final position. With formation changing to a more defensive one to combat the prolific St. Andrews attack, our players fought and battled for every single ball, with superb performances coming from Elliot, Leo and Joe. After a couple of chances went begging for Mesne Lea, St. Andrews finally got the ball past an inspired goalkeeper in Ethan Nation, and the game finished soon after. Due to other teams losing by a greater amount to St. Andrews, our team had managed to qualify for the semi-finals.
We were drawn to play against Broadoak, and we were filled full of confidence after a bright opening from Safwan, taking on 2 players down the left-hand side. In a game where Safwan seemed to be the centre of everything, a huge moment arrived when the same player cleared off his own line, following a double-save from Ethan. Seconds later, Safwan was dancing round the Broadoak defence before laying the ball off to a tenacious Kallum, who comfortably swept the ball home to cue wild celebrations. The celebrations were to be short-lived, however, when a powerfully hit cross into our area unluckily struck Leo on the knee and rebounded into our own goal. An unfortunate end to a great performance as the full-time whistle came soon after. After a goal-less extra time, our players bravely volunteered to take a penalty to decide who will make it through to the final, to face St. Andrews. With one penalty scored and two penalties missed from our tired side, Ethan's penalty save turned out to be not enough to send Mesne Lea through and had Broadoak triumphed.
A brilliant display from a young Mesne Lea side consisting of 5 Year 4 players, we can be very proud of our squad – the future is extremely bright and we can’t wait to find out what we can achieve in the league and cups next year.
Congratulations to everybody involved and Thankyou to all of the adults that came down to support us.
We would like to wish Amelia a massive congratulations on her signing for Manchester United Football Club.