Football Fixtures / Tournaments
Boys Football Fixture Reports
Year 5/6 - WAP Football Tournament
On Monday 22nd May we took two teams of Year 5/6 boys to a Football tournament. The tournament was organised by the West Area Partnership (WAP) and included schools such as Pirton Hill, Ferrars, Chantry and Southfields. Schools were initially organised into two pools of teams and played in a round robin of matches to decide on their group position.
Team 1 were in Pool B.
Match 1: Chantry v Downside (0-0)
Match 2: Downside v Pirton Hill (3-0 win – goals from Jamil Ahmed, Daanish Iqbal and Wajdan Butt)
Match 3: Downside v Ferrars (0-0)
Match 4: Downside v Southfields (1-0 loss)
Team 2 were in Pool A.
Match 1: Downside v Chantry (0-0)
Match 2: Downside v Ferrars (2-0 win – 2 goals from Abdul Ahmed)
Match 3: Downside v Pirton Hill (0-0)
This mixed set of results saw both Downside teams progress to the knockout competition with Team 1 competing in the plate and Team 2 in the cup.
Semi-Final: Downside v Ferrars (3-0 win – goals from Zayyan Mahmood x2 and Daanish Iqbal)
Final: Downside v Southfields (2-0 win – 2 goals from Zayyan Mahmood).
Semi-Final: Downside v Chantry (0-0). Unfortunately team 2 went on to lose this match 3-1 on penalties. Such a cruel way to go out of a competition.
Both teams should be extremely proud of their performances on the day. A special mention goes to both goalkeepers, Zoubair and Hassan, who only let in one goal between them all day! Congratulations to Team 1 who all received medals and a plate to show off at school.
Downside - v - Icknield (5th October 2016 - Away)
Wednesday 5th October
Won 5 – 0
On Wednesday 5th October the Year 5/6 boys played their second game in the football league against Icknield. After the disappointing loss last week the boys were keen to make amends. Downside began the game well and within five minutes went 1-0 up. A fast counter attack from an Icknield corner saw Rayhaan break down the right before crossing the ball to Konain who finished well from the edge of the box. Downside remained on top for the rest of the quarter and went in 1-0 up.
The second quarter began with Downside making three changes including debutant Yassin who has only been in the school a couple of weeks. Within an instant Yassin made a huge impact. His hard work to close the Icknield defender down saw him win the ball and lay it off to Konain who quickly found Ayaan on the edge of the box. A fantastic turn and finish by Ayaan saw us go 2-0 up. Moments later another good piece of work from Yassin saw him once again find Ayaann who to make it 3-0. Not happy there, Downside continued to look for more goals. Within minutes came contender for goal of the season. The impressive Yassin picked the ball up on half way and literally ran through the Icknield defender before hitting a rocket of a shot into the top corner of the net! Even the opposition spectators were amazed. 4-0 at the end of the second quarter.
The third quarter saw a bit of a lull in the game with both sides making several changes. Neither side could find the net but Downside were still by far the more dominant team. In the final quarter Downside went hunting for more goals. A long ball over the top was chased down well by Mohsin, forcing the keeper to hit his clearance straight to Yassin. With one touch to control the ball Yassin slammed the ball into the back of the net for his second and Downsides fifth goal of the game. The game finished with us 5-0 winners.
Man of the Match: Well done to every single one of the boys for a superb performance but Man of the Match must go to Yassin who completely transformed the game with two goals and two assists.
Downside - v - Whitefield (29th September 2016 - Home)
Thursday 29th September
Lost 2 – 1
On Thursday night the Year 5/6 boys played their first game in the football league against Whitefield. With many of the boys from last year’s fantastic team leaving for high school, this season was always going to be a tough rebuilding process. From a squad of nine, seven boys were playing for the team for the very first time and nobody was really sure what to expect.
The boys started well with Ayaan and Konain getting a lot of possession in midfield but were restricted to mainly long range shots. The Whitefield team worked hard and defended well and managed to nullify any Downside attack. Against the run of play Whitefield produced a moment of magic to carve open the Downside defence and score to go in at half time 1-0 up.
Downside came out at the start of the second half the stronger side. Sustained pressure in attack finally told and Downside were awarded a penalty after a handball in the box by the Whitefield defender. Striker Mohsin stepped up confidently and slotted the ball in the corner of the net to make the game 1-1. The rest of the game was end to end with both goalkeepers making a string of fine saves and neither side able to make the crucial breakthrough. With the game heading for a draw, a rash challenge in the box by a Downside player saw Whitefield awarded a penalty themselves. Goalkeeper Ashihan dived the correct way but was unable to keep the shot out and the game ended in a 2-1 loss.
Girls Football Fixture Reports
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Other Sporting Events
Parkfields Middle School Link
On Thursday 16th November, Parkfields Middle School brought a group of Year 7 young leaders to Downside to work with some of our Year 4 children. The young leaders worked in small teams to plan and lead a range of small multiskills activities for the children to participate in. Each activity focussed on a different element of PE such as throwing and catching, basketball shooting and hockey dribbling. The children all had a brilliant time and loved showing off their skills to the older Parkfields children.
Indoor Cricket 8th November 2017
On Wednesday 8th November we had our first two games in the Year 6 indoor cricket league. Knowing we had two teams in the league we took the opportunity to send out an experimental side and give many of the children their first experience of indoor cricket. 8 of the 10 children playing were making their debuts in the school team.
Game 1: Downside B (202 – 7) V Stopsley A (234 – 4)
Game 2: Downside B (200 – 8) V Farley A (231 – 8)
Unfortunately we lost both games but there were some superb individual performances from many of the debutantes. Both games saw some superb fielding skills and some excellent catches but the loss of some silly wickets when batting cost us greatly. With each wicket costing the side 5 runs, ultimately it was these wickets that saw us lose the games. All of the children did extremely well and should be very proud of their efforts. They will have learnt a great deal from the experience and can hopefully put this into practise for the next round of games.
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