EXCITEMENT hit fever pitch this term when King’s Ely Junior won the Isle of Ely District football tournament, the Tesco Cup.
The boys played well from the start, finishing top of the group by beating Kingsfield 2-0 and Isleham 2-1. Tommy Hutchinson and Ben Marshall scored in the first game and Tommy netted again in match two, with Billy Pinto grabbing the winner and continuing his fine form.
The sem-final saw the best two footballing teams on the day clash for a place in the final as King’s Ely went head to head with Robert Arkenstall. The game was very even, with chances for both teams, but neither team converted and the dreaded penalty shoot-out loomed.
Everyone’s minds turned to last year’s disappointment, where the same two teams had been involved in a mammoth 23-24 shoot-out! However, this time King’s came out on top with two fine saves from goalkeeper Jamie Cooper and solid penalties from Jacob Berraondo, Arthur Plews, Tommy Hutchinson and Max Allen, making it 4-2 on penalties.
Saving our best performance for the final against Little Thetford, the result never looked in doubt when two quick goals came in as many minutes. The first was an own goal after good passing in midfield and the second was an easy tap in from Tommy Hutchinson, following great work from Arthur Plews. Harry Black completed the scoring with an excellent team goal, securing victory and the trophy with a 3-0 lead.
Teacher Dan Parratt commented: “It was a great competition with some good football being played, despite the wet and windy conditions. The boys thoroughly deserved the win as they grew stronger throughout the tournament.”