On 21st October, Kent College’s U11 football team travelled to King’s School Al Barsha to compete in our first-ever primary competitive tournament. It was a day of joyous team effort for the brave footballers of Kent College. We played the experienced King's School Al Barsha in our first game and were unlucky to concede to a long-range shot from their gallant centre fielder. It was a 50/50 contest and our custodian Benjamin was immense in goal, twice rescuing the team after conceding the long-range goal.
Extreme focus and concentration followed the defeat. The U11 footballers stepped onto the Al Barsha playing field with a point to prove against First Point school and within minutes, Gustav took a free kick, well outside the opposition’s goal area and his name is now written in the history books for the first-ever goal scored for Kent College Dubai in a competitive fixture.
Expansive football followed for Kent College and Davin soon dribbled through the heart of First Points’ defence to score a wonderful goal to make it 2 - 0. All of the squad got an opportunity to play and First Point scored a consolation goal, right at the end of the game. The Kent College Team, through their fair play and sportsmanship shook hands with their opposition, before hugging one another and sprinting to their supporters (parents and relatives) with sheer delight for winning our school’s first ever Primary Sports game.
Full of confidence after our win, Kent College competed and controlled the position against Regent School respectively. It was a wonderful team performance, producing twelve shots on target, hitting the post and crossbar of our opposition’s goals but unfortunately lady luck was not on our side for this important game and the game ended in a 0-0 scoreline.
The boys played Dubai International Academy in their last game, knowing a win would be enough to secure a semi-final place. We fought bravely but conceded two early goals after pressure from DIA. However, this game was probably our most impressive performance despite the loss. Theodoras and Gonzalo defended brilliantly after conceding, and the rest of the team, along with our outstanding substitutes on the day, prevented DIA from scoring again. Instead of throwing in the towel and conceding further goals, our U11 footballers left the field of play with pride in all they had achieved. A special thank you to Mr O’Malley and Mr Broderick and the football teams’ relatives for coaching, encouraging and supporting on the day. It was a fantastic day for all!