5 March 2019
It was a great day for sport at Parsons Green Prep yesterday. Claires Court in Maidenhead held the ISA under-11 five-a-side regional football tournament. There were 24 schools battling for a place in the national finals at St George’s on 3 May. There were four round-robin groups consisting of six schools. Parsons Green Prep got out of the blocks fast with a 1-0 win against Hawleyhurst and a 3-0 win against Danesfield Manor. We lost narrowly to LVS Ascot (0-1) but bounced back with dominant performances against Radnor House (1-0) and The Gregg (4-0).
This qualified us for the knockouts as runners-up in our group and booked us a place in the quarter-finals, where the boys put on a superb display against St Mary’s to come out 2-0 winners. In the semi-final we came up against Claires Court A. This was a very physical side which was hard to break down. We held them to a draw and took the win on the first sudden death penalty. Ironically, we played Claires Court B in the final. Despite going a goal down with a minute left on the clock we equalised from a real team offensive goal, risking it all in the dying seconds of the game. It was then back to sudden death penalties and we won on the sixth penalty.
It was an amazing achievement from the team, who gave it everything from the start. They have now earned themselves a place in the ISA nationals, which promises to be a very memorable occasion and an incredible experience. It was great to play against all the other teams, thank you to Claires Court for hosting us and well done to our boys, Mr Will and Coach Steve from the Chelsea Foundation!