Year 11 Football Victory 2014–15

Congratulations to our Year 11 Footballers who won the Leeds Schools' Champions Trophy on May 11, 2015. Mr Pringle is very proud of the squad.

U16 Football Final May 2015

The Year 11's are Champions of Leeds for the second successive year!

In a nailbiting final, St. Mary's Year 11 team finished an amazing School footballing journey together with an outstanding performance that saw them beat Brunctcliffe 2-1 in a classic cup final. The competition, appropriately named the Champions Trophy as it comprises all the league winners in Leeds produced a final that lived up to its name.

The game exploded into life when, after 30 seconds Ollie Armitage burst into the area to latch onto a through ball and beatuifully chip the sliding keeper for one nil. It got better for St. Mary's as Armitage doubled the lead after 5 minutes, after a diaganol ball from captain Ryan Smith sent him through, at a very wide angle and despite the keeper rushing out, Armitage squeezed it home with a sublime finish.

St. Mary's had a great chance for a third after 12 minutes when Shae Stringwell smashed a 20 yard effort off the bar. Only a minute later Bruntcliffe were back in the game, Aidan Conlon brought down a forward for a penalty to be awarded and the Bruntcliffe striker struck it beautifully to make it 2-1. Bruntcliffe who now had some momentum came at St. Mary's for a 10 minute period but the defence stood tall with some typical tenacious tackling from Keane Barber in particular. St. Mary's finished the half strnger and the hard working Chris Ginty had an excellent chance to make it 3 but narrowly put the shot wide.

Going into the second half, St. Mary's again started strong and they had the majority of possession. Chris Ginty had another chance just miss the far post and Smith had a long range free kick well saved. The game was heating up and strong challenges from both teams and a competitive nature was developing. Ben Hings and Stan Fleming were doing a fine job in midfield stifling any Bruntcliffe attack. Fleming in particular who was given the task of man marking Bruntcliffes main man did an outstanding job. Laurence Patterson continued to work hard and supported the front men well, looking dangerous on the counter attack.

Entering the last 30 minutes, Shae Stringwell hit the post and it looked as if Bruntcliffe were getting the rub of the green. Luke Hourigan who was absolutely magnificent in the second half ensured no attackers were passing and had his best game in a St. Mary's shirt. Cameron Roberts and Alex Noonan came on with 15 minutes left with fresh legs and both played important cameos helping the team, particularly Roberts who very nearly added a third with 5 minutes left.

In the closing stages, Bruntcliffe threw everything at St. Mary's but the defence held strong,demonstrating fantastic desire and commitment. This was typified by captain Smith who when winning a towering header, as he had all game, recieved a blow to the head leaving him unconscious. Looking dazed Smith refused to come off despite instructions, such was the desire to see his side through to the finish line. The whistle went moments later and the team could celebrate their last ever match together as champions of Leeds.

MAN OF THE MATCH: Luke Hourigan


“A fitting way to end what has been a truly remarkable (lower) school footballing career for the students. All staff and parents who came to watch commented on their conduct on and off the pitch and the passion they demonstrated. This is not a one off, it has been present for the lat 5 years which is a huge contributing factor to their success.

I would just like to say how much of a pleasure it has been working with these students over the years and to see them grow as footballers and more importantly as people. The whole School community is extremely proud of them and they deserve all the credit they receive.

A truly outstanding bunch of lads! Well done and good luck in your exams!”
— Mr Pringle, Team Coach, PE Teacher at St. Mary's

Photo: 

BACK ROW LEFT TO RIGHT:
Aidan Conlon, Alex Noonan, Chris Ginty, Ryan Smith, Brad Colburn, Shae Stringwell, Ollie Armitage, Luke Hourigan

FRONT ROW LEFT TO RIGHT:
Max Ryan, Lawrence Patterson, Keane Barber, Stan Fleming, Ben Hings, Cameron Roberts


There will hopefully be a celebratory poster outside our PE and Sport classroom (room M5). Look forward to it!