Oakley made it a double for the season by clinching a clean sweep of victories with both the Year 3/4’s and Year 5/6’s winning their respective leagues.
In front of a record crowd of 100 raucous supporters cheering them on, both sides ensured they kept their 100% winning streak with both teams making it 4/4 for the season by beating Pepe Damaso, in what was the final showcase of sporting ability at home before the historic Sports Ground is transformed .
Year 3/4’s, eventually, won convincingly 5-1. It started in cagey fashion, knowing that avoiding defeat would clinch the League trophy. Some outstanding 1-on-1 saves by Victor kept his team in it, while the defence was excellently marshalled by Benji and Arturo. Diego showed a mature performance beyond his years by realising his defence duties and running the game by spreading the ball out into space and starting off attacking plays. The flair of Filippo and Pablo either side of him used the balls wisely and inventively to cause their defence a headache all morning by switching the ball quickly with some accurate cross-field passes. Manu was a menace upfront, not allowing the defence to settle for a minute. The subs of Juan, Abian and Mauro kept the quality level high when they were introduced and gave the team an added buzz of energy. Juan lead the line well – in the same fashion as his brother; Abian was popping up everywhere, chasing lost causes and making life a nightmare for the opposition; while Mauro showed how ice-cool he was in front of goal by notching 2 goals. The other goals were scored by Manu and Filippo (2), completing a satisfying morning.
Year 5/6 played in what can only be described as a battle; this game was not for the faint-hearted! Again, knowing a defeat would open the door wide open for others to catch them in the league, most of the match was a midfield dog fight. With Pepe looking dangerous going forward, the brick wall of Ale and Nahuel stood strong and put their bodies on the line to help Ivan out in goal. Working as a unit, Samuel, Javi, Javi and Pablo had to dig in deep to try and find any pockets of space on what was a crowded pitch. Zeus came on to give the team more legs and put in a robust display alongside Dario to keep their attackers at bay. It was Oakley’s final sub who changed the direction of the game in the last minute. Martina showed her sharpness and quick-thinking by sprinting over to play a quick throw, which was flicked onto Pablo who made no mistake from a few yards out!
Both teams have been fantastic this year and we look forward to the trophy presentation in a months time. Maybe… just maybe, Oakley can add a couple of tournament trophies to the cabinet too!