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Sports report: Football - Year 9 vs. St Gregory's

The Year 9 football team made an amazing comeback to come from behind to beat St Greg’s at home and progress to the next round of the cup.

The Hayesbrook Year 9s dominated the first 15 minutes of the match. They were a constant threat going forward and created numerous chances in the opposition half. They were just unlucky not to put those chances away. The first goal came against the run of play; St Greggs got the ball on the halfway-line, drove forward and got a goal from a precise low shot. But Hayesbrook weren’t behind for long, St Greggs messed up a corner delivery and couldn’t clear, Ned Lewis scrambled the shot to find the back of the net to make it 1-1

The game went quiet for a short amount of time. St Greggs again tried to pressure Hayesbrook’s goal with long range shots. Eventually, they found a goal from great play and a long range shot which went into the top corner, nothing Luke Macro could do about it, and they led the game for the second time. Frustrated, Hayesbrook lost concentration and another goal was conceded, which made the score 3-1 to St Greggs. Now Hayesbrook had a mountain to climb to win the cup game. Some great teamwork brought hope for Hayesbrook just before half-time. A great pass was threaded into Sam Babayale who coolly rounded the goalkeeper to make it 3-2.

Hayesbrook went into the second half full of confidence, pressing high and pressuring St Greggs. An inspiring team talk at half-time instantly made the difference for Hayesbrook. After receiving a great pass from the left and wriggling through St Greggs defence, a bullet shot was fired at the near post of the helpless St Greggs keeper to make it 3-3. The crucial goal was inevitably provided by Tyler Richardson. There was a moment of magic from Sam Babayale who raced past three St Greggs players on the right flank and found a peach of a ball to Tyler Richardson who finished past the keeper to make the score line 4-3 to Hayesbrook.

Final score: Hayesbrook 4-3 St Gregory's

A great performance and a great comeback from Hayesbrook allowed them to progress through to the next round of the cup.

Report by Gautam Juneja - Year 9