After an end to end Y9 Football final contested between the two top placed schools in the regular season league it was Swanwick Hall who edged the contest on penalties over Aldercar High
The first half was incredibly even matched with both sides working hard to create chances for their front men - however it was Swanwick who struck first with a neat near post finish after Aldercar failed to clear a corner midway through the first half.
Aldercar werent disheartened though and pushed for an equaliser from the off and started to take control of the game. They got their just rewards following a great ball into the right back channel allowing Aldercar's centre forward to beat the offside trap and tuck the ball inside the far post for 1-1.
It looked as though that would be the scoreline heading into half time but Swanwick had other ideas and found a second with a snap shot into the corner to a 2-1 lead into the break
Aldercar began the 2nd half like a side chasing the game and began to dominate the midfield and start to knock on the door for an equaliser. Their centre forward was continuing to make intelligent runs and was unlucky not to equalise midway through the half after hitting the left hand post.
That began an onslaught on the Swanwick goal as their goalkeeper was forced to make 2 or 3 great saves while Aldercar again struck the post with a terrific long range effort.
Aldercar finally got their rewards for all the pressure with a fine finish from just inside the box into the top corner to peg Swanwick back to 2-2
The game then started to settle down with both sides well aware that one mistake could cost them the game as defences remained on top for the remaining minutes to take the game to penalties!
The standard of penalty taking from both sides was outstanding with the opening five kicks converted successfully. However Swanwick's goalkeeper made himself the hero by springing to his right to pull off a fine save to hand Swanwick the initiative. The next kick from each side resulted in a goal leaving Swanwick's 5th taker the chance to win the final - a chance he duly took despite the goalkeeper going the right way
Congratulations to both teams on a brilliant final
Swanwick Hall 2-2 Aldercar High School
Swanwick Hall 5-3 Aldercar High School (pens)