Double Success for Moffat Academy as both the U14s and the U15s teams are now top of the league for two years running!
U14 Cup Final Report by Mr Meola
On Tuesday 14th May 2019, Moffat Academy’s U14 Football Team travelled to a sunny Palmerston Stadium in Dumfries to play Langholm in the Dumfries and Galloway U14 Small School’s Cup final. Through to the final after a long, successful season and a very tight 4-3 win in the semi-final against Kirkcudbright, the boys were full of excitement and confidence. The game started and Moffat were instantly on the front foot with Kit (S2) playing the ball across goal for Cameron (S1) who narrowly missed. From that moment on, Moffat dominated in possession and attack. Before long they were 1-0 up thanks to a wonder goal by Dylan B (S2). Perfect technique and timing saw the ball nearly burst the net from 25 yards. Simply outstanding! Inspired by this opening goal, Moffat used this momentum to run into an early 4-0 lead before the 15 minute mark. Fantastic passing play by midfield maestros Dylan and Joel (S1) opened up the Langholm defence time and time again with shots raining down on the opposition goalkeeper. At halftime, Moffat Academy were 8-0 ahead. The game was now beyond Langholm but Moffat knew not to allow themselves to become complacent and began the 2nd half in the same fantastic form as they displayed in the first. A huge amount of credit should go to the young Langholm team who started the 2nd half sharply and created a few good chances. However, the strength of the Moffat defence, led by ‘Captain Fantastic’ Elliott (S2), proved too strong. Taylor (S1) was amazing in defence as he appeared hell-bent on preventing any ball from breaking the defensive line with an insatiable thirst for clearing his lines and regaining position. Protected by his staunch defence, Dylan W (S2) never looked troubled and assumed the role of a fifth defender in playing as a ‘sweeper keeper’, using his anticipation and pace when required. Yet another clean sheet for the ever-reliable young goalkeeper! Ruairidh (S2) and Callum (S1) ran their socks off all afternoon as full backs and were a nightmare for the opposition wingers with too much pace and desire to win every ball. They linked up excellently with Ewan (S1) and Cameron (S1) on the wings. Both wingers attacked relentlessly and found some brilliant passes and creative runs. Ewan scored a fantastic goal in the second half which was thoroughly deserved after a performance in which he barely put a foot wrong. Cameron continuously provided Kit with well-weighted passes and had a helping hand in many of the eventual 11 goals that Moffat scored.
A special mention must be given to Kit (S2), who scored an incredible 6 goals. His composure, poise, decision-making and pace combined perfectly on the day and was almost impossible to defend against. It was also a mark of the player and man that he is becoming that he could have had more goals had it not been for his admirable acts of sportsmanship in attempting to provide moments of glory for his teammates instead of taking goals himself.
The other goals came from Dylan B (S2) (2), Ewan (S1) (2) and a very deserved goal also came from Joel (S1), who appears to find space in the very tightest of gaps.
Finlay (S2), Tobey (S2), Liam (S2), Ian (S2) and Baillie (S2) also had brilliant performances. Each rose to the occasion perfectly and enjoyed an afternoon of reliable, sharp and well-rounded performances, with Liam and Baillie filling in the defensive line in the 2nd half and frustrating the opposition strikers with strong defending right up until the final whistle. Finlay made some brilliant passing in the centre of midfield and gave 100% commitment from start to finish. Finally, no more could have been asked of Tobey and Ian who played very well and made a strong argument for breaking into the starting ‘11’ next year with solid passing, tackling and awareness of the highest quality in midfield.
The game finished 11-0 to Moffat. Coaches, teachers and family members in attendance were truly treated to a performance of the highest quality. Not only was the football on show a spectacle to be proud of, the attitudes of each and every player in the team was equally as pleasing to watch. The manner in which the players conducted themselves throughout was exemplary and a true credit to themselves, the school, and the town. Moffat Academy have now won this trophy two years in a row, an unprecedented achievement. It is made all the more impressive given that five of the team are only in their first year of secondary school. The team appears to be in safe hands as the rest of the squad move into U15 competition next year, in which we wish them the best of luck.
From all staff and pupils at Moffat Academy, huge congratulations are due to all involved.