First home football matches of the year end convincingly

School News March 06, 2019
First home football matches of the year end convincingly

This past Wednesday, the WAIS Primary Boys’and Girls’ football teams hosted their first match of the year, taking on LiHe Primary School, one of best football schools in Changzhou.

Both teams performed superbly, and there are some real stars in the making, many from Grade 4 which bodes well for the future of WAIS Primary football! The teams are already looking forward to their next matches soon!

Match reports below:

On Wednesday the boys u11 football team welcomed Lihe Primary School to Wycombe Abbey. The selected boys were looking forward to what promised to be a good game in front of a crowd of excited Grade 1 and 2 children who had come out to watch them.

The aims for the game were to show good teamwork when passing the ball and determination when defending by closing down the opposition. The boys started the game well and limited their opposition’s passing options superbly. This led to Wycombe Abbey winning the ball high up the pitch before J. Yu scored the opening goal.

Lihe Primary levelled the game at 1-1 after a nice passing move but the Wycombe Abbey team stayed composed and determined to win the game. After lots of hard work and tough tackling in the midfield from E. Zhu and L. Angheben, Wycombe Abbey were back in control of the game and went into half time winning 4-1. 

The second half saw the arrival of T-K. Martin, who showed lots of strength and stamina, and C.Lin, who offered some neat passing and good long range shooting options. Both boys were determined to win the ball back as often as possible. T-K. Martin went on to score 5 goals, winning the Man of the Match award, and C. Lin scored with a powerful right footed finish from outside the box. 

The second half performance was capped off by some wonderful team defending in the dying seconds of the game. M. Meng and goalkeeper J. Cao saved their team from conceding a late consolation goal by putting their bodies in front of a flurry of goal bound shots. The boys eventually cleared the ball away to safety and a 10-1 victory for Wycombe Abbey was secured. 

All the u11 boys who featured should be very proud of both their effort and performance. 

Final Score:  Wycombe Abbey 10 – 1 Lihe Primary.

Wycombe Abbey International School Under 11 girls’ football team welcomed local Changzhou team Lihe to Wycombe Abbey on Wednesday afternoon. A strong side of 9 regular players prepared to face Lihe making use of the Dome facility for the first time in a competitive match. 

The girls made a strong start winning the first quarter 2-0, goals from J. Zhou and D. Huang showed that the recent weeks of shooting practice during ECA time were being put to good use. A strong defensive display from Y. Shi and J. Xia kept the Lihe attackers quiet and limited goalkeeper L. Wang to one save. 

After rotating the team for the second quarter the team lost a little bit of fluency and Lihe managed to pull one goal back to win the quarter 0-1. After a fantastic save from L. Wang low to the left, the Lihe attackers reacted quickest to the loose ball and finished well. 

Wycombe Abbey girls resorted their two-goal advantage when D. Huang scored her second of the game during the third quarter. The girls kept the pressure on with relentless attacking and defensive runs from C. Shang and Y. Ye. The girls finished the quarter strongly and looked capable of more goals.

The final quarter played out as a 0-0, with Lihe having most of the chances, but L. Wang was determined not to be beaten again and put in a very good performance in goal. She was helped by the defensive efforts of A. Wang, A. Xu and C. Sun. 

Overall the girls can be very proud of their performance, winning against a well organised Lihe team 3 goals to 1. The finishing was top quality and defensively they looked as strong as ever. Well done girls!

Coaching Staff:

Mr. Rivers & Mr. Bryant