Primary School football finals delivers some exciting matches

The Bay's U-11 Girls football team

Despite the rain and poor weather this season, the first round of the IW Primary Schools’ football finals have taken place at Cowes Enterprise College. After months of hard work from pupils and teachers, it all came down to one game.

First up was the U-11 Boys’ League final where Gurnard Primary took an early lead at the half-time break. However, a superb second-half comeback from The Bay, with goals from Kian Merrett (2) and Tony Velichov, saw The Bay run out 3-1 winners.

Nettlestone and Shalfleet then faced off in the U-11 Boys’ Rural League final and, after an even start to the game, a goal from Nettlestone’s Harrison Lee gave them the lead. Despite Shalfleet pushing for an equaliser, Nettlestone held firm to lift the trophy.

There was further success for The Bay in the U-11 Girls’ Cup final against Broadlea Primary. An impressive performance from The Bay against a resolute Broadlea side saw them run out 3-0 winners after goals from Neve Miller, Betsy-Flo Baker and Tilly Hillier-Smith.

A nail-biting game took place in the U-10 Boys’ Cup final between Ryde School and Gurnard. Harry Gregg and Theo Barton scored for Ryde School as the match finished 2-2 after extra time. In the penalty shootout, Ryde’s goalkeeper, Juke Morris, saved a penalty before stepping up to score the winner.

Queensgate took on Nine Acres in the U-9 Boys’ Cup in final. Queensgate came out on top in a 3-2 victory, courtesy of goals from Jesse Ruddock (2) and Ruben Legg, with Seth J and Sonny F scoring for Nine Acres.

In the U-9 Boys’ Rural League final, a great battle took place between Shalfleet and Newchurch. Otto Boswell gave Shalfleet the lead through a well-worked goal, but Newchurch pushed for an equaliser, which came in the last kick of normal time through Buddy Jones, who fired the ball home from close range. Extra time couldn’t separate the sides, so both schools agreed to share the trophy as joint winners.

The final game of the round saw Northwood take on Nettlestone in the U-9 Girls’ Rural League final. Despite a spirited performance from sides, it was the defences that came out on top with the match going to a penalty shootout. A strong performance from Northwood’s goalkeeper saw the team win the shootout and lift the trophy.