KENT SCHOOLS FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION UNDER 19'S ACADEMIES CUP FINAL
Towers arrived at the Gallagher Stadium, home of Maidstone United on the crest of a wave after returning from France on Easter Monday as runners up in Vieux Conde Tournament, having reached the final without conceding a goal and losing narrowly 1-0 in a close hard fought final.
The Towers team had been well briefed by Manager Stephane Ollier of Arsenal Soccer Schools who runs the Towers Academy. The final got underway with Ravens Wood making all the early running with sharp passing and good possession of the ball. Ravens Wood were pressing well and regained possession quickly with the strong Towers defence keeping them at bay throughout the opening encounters.
The first goal came against the run of play when a slip in the Ravens wood defence allowed Charlie Cairns to gain possession and calmly slot home the opening goal.
This was just the lift that Towers needed and they started taking control of the game and piled on the pressure to a now back pedalling Ravens Wood.
Towers kept pressing well and their good possession and pressure paid off when after some crisp passing in midfield led to the ball being fed in from the wing towards the back post to a waiting Alfie Miller who fired home Towers second goal.
Towers were now in complete control of the game and were forcing Ravens Wood to play a long ball game with some desperate clearance to thwart the continued Towers pressure.
Towers dominance of the game led to them extending their lead with Alfie Miller again getting on the score sheet slotting home his second goal and making the score line 3-0 to Towers after 30 minutes.
Towers continued to press in the Ravens Wood half looking to increase their advantage and look for a fourth goal when a Ravens Wood long ball clearance caught out the up to now solid Towers defence. With the ball clearing the Towers defence a Ravens Wood striker picked up the loose ball and entered the Towers penalty area to be brought down for a penalty which was swiftly converted leaving the half time score as 3-1 to Towers.
The second half kicked off with Towers again applying the pressure on Ravens Wood who were fighting hard to get back into the game.
As players were tiring the game opened up and there were chances being created at both ends of the pitch. Towers squandered several chances to increase their lead which started to give Ravens Wood some hope of getting back into the game.
This hope was thwarted by Towers when a loose back pass by the Ravens Wood defence prompted Libert Chanyawu to press the Ravens Wood goalkeeper who made a mess of controlling the ball and despite the presence of two recovering Ravens Wood defenders Libert showed great strength to hold off the defenders and slot the ball home to make it 4-1 to Towers.
The game was now over and the cup had been taken from Ravens Wood who were the holders having won the cup in 2015/16 and a well-deserved victory was truly well earned by the Towers Academy.
Huge congratulations to all the boys who have worked so hard in order to have such an enjoyable and successful season.
Any post 16 students looking to join Towers Soccer School Football Academy should contact Jack Albin on - firstname.lastname@example.org
FUTURE CHEER 'BRINGS IT ON IN PARIS' 2017 COMPETITION
On Thursday 16th March the Towers Tigers left for Disneyland Paris to compete in the junior level one category of an international cheerleading competition.
The twenty-two cheerleaders, accompanied by Miss Harverson, Mrs Giles and Miss Davison, enjoyed three days exploring the two Disneyland parks, competed in an international competition and also performed in the Disneyland pre parade.
Eleven different countries competed in the competition on the Saturday. The Towers Tigers looked amazing on stage and hit every stunt and tumble in their routine. The team achieved 3rd place out of six teams and were the only school team in their category. We also entered a junior level one stunt team who came 6th and a senior level two team who came 4th.
On the Sunday the team performed in the Disneyland pre parade through the park with the other teams from the competition. This was a fantastic opportunity for the team!
The students were amazing throughout the trip and were a real credit to the school.
U13 RUGBY TEAM ARE KENT EMERGING SCHOOLS 7S CHAMPIONS!
A big congratulations to our U13 7s team who are Kent Emerging School 7s Champions for the second year running. Well done boys & coach!