Parc Eglos entered two teams in the recent SSP finals at Porthleven. Although they lost the first game to their opponents in the final, Porthleven, the Stripes then won two games to secure a semi-final place. Both the semi-final and the final were won on penalties. A very nerve wracking experience for the boys who kept a cool head, especially our goalkeeper (and one half of the captaincy duo) Jayden. The Reds also played and took a lead in their seventh place play-off against Nansloe B team. A late equaliser from Nansloe meant that penalties were inevitable and unfortunately our Reds were defeated in the shoot-out. For a group who were not used to playing together, they did very well and never let their heads drop.
On Friday the 8th the Stripes went to Pool Academy to face Treloweth School in the second round of the Diamond Shield. Jago scored an early goal, coolly slotting home from close range. Well done, Josh, for the cross. With Jayden injured, Harry took his place between the posts and calmly managed any attacks from the opposition. In the second half Parc Eglos seemed to gain more control, Ryan picking up the ball in his own half, dribbling past three or four players, before narrowly missing the goal with his shot. Jago's second goal was scored after the ball bounced about in the area and his third (for his hat-trick) was brilliantly set up by Will. Well done to all the boys and to Daniel and Charlie for keeping the midfield ticking over and Blake for turning defence into attack time and time again. 3 - 0 was the final score.
A tough away tie at Trewirgie School, Redruth, awaits the Stripes after half-term.
The Stripes had a very busy week at the end of November. Clinching the league title on Monday evening, they then went to St Michael's School in the first round of the Diamond Shield on Tuesday afternoon. Highlights of the league play-off were Jago's excellent hat-trick in the final against Porthleven and Ryan's motivating captaincy which spurred the team towards victory after they saw a two goal lead disappear. 3-2 was the final score. St Michael's also came back after our Stripes went a goal ahead, but Harry's half-time appearance helped the boys to extend their lead to 3-1. Bothof Harry's goals were very special: one a lob from the half-way line; the other a magnificent volley from almost the same distance. Jayden's one-handed save prevented St Michael's from scoring more on the day. The next round is an away fixture at Treloweth School.
Finally, on Friday of that week, the team travelled to Par where they took part in the ESFA county finals. Although they lost their first two games against good opposition (St Hilary and Newquay Juniors) they re-grouped for the last game against Biscovey and came back from 1 - 3 down at half-time to eventual 5 - 3 winners. That was quite an amazing half of football. Goals from Xander, Ryan, Josh and two from Blake sealed the victory. No other team scored five in a match that day. Well done Parc Eglos Stripes.
On Tuesday this year's Stripes took part in the west area finals of the ESFA. These footballers played incredibly well, finishing in a very respectable second place and qualifying for next Friday's county finals in Biscovey. While they didn't win they were the only unbeaten team in the mini-league (defeating the winners St Hilary)and they kept six out of six clean sheets (thanks to Blake and Ryan's rock solid defending and Jayden's superb goal keeping). The matches were very short (only five minutes each way) so sometimes the football needed to be direct to be effective and the boys adapted to that very well, never giving up and running tirelessly from one end of the pitch to the other. Well done to the entire squad.
5th February 2018
Well done to our Stripes football team that took part in the SSP tournament on Monday 5th February 2018 at Trannack School. The boys have qualified for this year’s Cornwall Games at Penryn in March. Congratulations!