Northgate win KAS Bishop's Stortford Primary Schools' League Gold final
There was great football and plenty of drama in the Kitteridge All Sports Bishop’s Stortford Primary Schools’ League’s end-of-season play-offs, with Northgate being crowned Gold champions.
The culmination of an exciting season came last week during three days of action at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Bishop’s Stortford as the teams battled it out for glory.
The Gold League final was an absolute cracker and the best in the competition’s history, with Northgate beating St Joseph’s 8-7 on penalties after a 2-2 draw.
St Joseph’s took the lead when a striker lashed in a rebound and they were ahead at the break as both goalkeepers produced some excellent saves.
Northgate equalised five minutes into the second half when an unmarked attacker netted at the back post.
They thought they had won it when they struck again late on, but St Joseph’s headed a last-gasp leveller.
A dramatic shootout followed and Northgate eventually took the honours in sudden death.
St Joseph’s were also runners-up in the Silver League final as Albury took the honours 4-2.
It was St Joseph’s who took the lead thanks to some good link-up play, but Albury got two quick goals to take a half-time advantage.
St Joseph’s equalised midway through the second period, but Albury struck twice with time running out to ensure they took the title.
The performance of Albury’s Brazilian player Luca, who scored a hat-trick and is their cult hero having only arrived in January, was the highlight as his dribbling skills wowed the crowd.
In the top division’s Plate final, Little Hallingbury emerged 1-0 winners against Howe Green.
A piece of magic from Little Hallingbury’s left winger proved the difference as he scored with a curling half-volley.
Coach Ross Kitteridge said: “The amazing memories that each and every child gains from playing in these kind of games are completely incredible.
“It takes me back to my childhood, saving a penalty for Manor Fields to win the school football tournament all of 19 years ago!”
The end-of-season play-offs were held after the regular league campaigns had come to an end.
In the Gold League, fourth-placed Thorley Hill beat fifth-placed Manor Fields 4-2 to qualify for the semi-finals where they lost to league winners St Joseph’s. In the other semi-final, Northgate emerged 3-0 winners over Summercroft.
The Silver League works slightly differently, with the top two from each group meeting in the semi-finals.
Albury overcame Thorley Hill 7-0 in their contest, while St Joseph’s progressed thanks to a 5-3 success against Hatfield Broad Oak.