09 Oct 2017
BISAC Varsity Football

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Varsity Football

Shrewsbury Storm Varsity Girls lift BISAC Plate Trophy with 5-0 annihilation of ASB Eagles; Palmy nets brace en route to boys’ runner-up finish

Sunday 8 October 2017 – The SHB Storm Varsity boys and girls football teams made a long 24-mile journey from home to International Community School to compete in this year’s BISAC Plate football tournaments.

The boys team were first up at 09:30 with an encounter against the Harrow Lions. They got off to a dream start when Palmy scored a double in the early minutes to hand the Storm a massive psychological advantage. The Lions were unable to provide much deterrence today and Callum Lewis got on the scoresheet as the Storm went on an attacking rampage. In the second half, Callum provided an assist with a teasing cross from the right wing which Sching volleyed past the ‘keeper with aplomb. The ball trickled over the goalline and as the first signs of the ball crossing the line were realised by our strikers, we ran back to the centre circle in absolute elation.

So that was 4-0 for the boys. The girls did get tested far more against RIS Phoenix though. Things were evenly poised until the latter stages of the first half when Honor delivered a corner into the penalty area. There was a hectic goalmouth scramble when one of our shots got cleared off the line, but Benny followed up with a scintillating, impeccable half-volley. The goal helped assuage all those pre-match nerves but at the same time spurred the Phoenix into action; exerting sustained pressure the Phoenix equalised after splitting our defence with some top-class attacking displays. The golden goal was required to separate the two teams, but before that the Phoenix almost nicked the game if it wasn’t for a super save by Earn to deny a late header. In the fourth minute of golden goal, Klesa Wilson dribbled past her markers and slotted home with composure to lift all our fans off the seats in sheer excitement. The girls would play ASB Eagles at 12:30 in the final.

The boys came up against RIS Phoenix in their final; this turned out to be a difficult encounter with the Phoenix racing into a 3-0 lead at the half. Michael Murphy was outstanding between the sticks and his top-draw saves kept the team in the game. His finest save of them all was denying a virtually certain goal from point-blank range. In the 16th minute Callum ‘s heroic clearance off the line was relief for the team as on that occasion the ball was already heading towards the net with the ‘keeper well beaten. Although the game was in the bag for the Phoenix, the Storm struck a fine consolation goal through Robbie McEvoy who smashed in emphatically from John’s astute assist. Not a bad day out…time to shift back to the girls now as we approached 12:30. A defining 40 minutes lied ahead of the girls who had laboured to a hard-fought victory in their semi-final.

The ASB Eagles fell behind after just four minutes. Benny deftly sidefooted the ball into the bottom left corner; albeit the shot being a soft one, there was so much spin on it the goalkeeper was caught out by the trickery. Two minutes later Benny got her second and the Storm were cruising. Koto then accomplished a delightful swerving shot, stranding the ‘keeper and tripling the lead, before Muffin added a brace of goals in the second half, one of which was a superb shot off the knee from Yasmin’s cross. A 5-0 clean sheet victory was the ultimate way to cap off this football adventure.

After the final whistle, the girls were presented with the prestigious trophy which Klesa had the honours of lifting high into the blue sunny sky, surrounded by her teammates who all huddled together to cherish the success. The tournament on the whole was a reward for all the passion and enthusiasm which the players had shown throughout the whole season; there is still plenty of excitement ahead with the BISP Football Invitational in Phuket and you can bet the players are hungry to embark on another journey into another circle of five-star competitive (and friendly) football.

Thank you for joining us today and Go SHB Storm!