The Year 11 football team did Enfield Grammar School proud by winning the Moncaster Under 16 Middlesex Cup with a 1-0 victory over Uxbridge School on Monday.
It was a tight game that was clinched by a 65th minute goal by Ruzgar Suyer after a determined run into the box, followed by a smart finish under the keeper at the near post. Ruzgar unfortunately had his ankle broken later in the game by a nasty tackle and we wish him a speedy recovery.
EGS outplayed their opponents for the majority of the game with Goalkeeper Luca Sorrentino relatively untroubled.
Player of the Match, Joseph Boyaram, was a persistent threat down the wings and nearly pulled of a worldie of a bicycle kick in the first half.
Jay Lambert and Harry Doran kept things tight at the back and snuffed out any threat that Uxbridge posed, whilst also building and directing play from the centre of defence.
Danny Pearce brought his usual tenacity at right wing, before moving to right back after Efo Genc took a knock early on.
Ben Jacob-Celement showed his defensive aptitude and adaptability in moving from the left to the right side of defence and still managed to get forwards well whilst keeping the opponents left winger quiet.
Lloyd Asamoah probed and tested the opposition throughout, popping up in spaces across the midfield and showcasing his agility and dribbling skills as he combined with Joseph to torment the Uxbridge defence.
Gary Gibbs and Daniel Stefanov were rock solid in the middle of the park and kept the ball moving nicely. Daniel used his frame well to break up attacks whilst Gary displayed his power and passing range in turning defence into attack.
Billy Wells lead the line well in the lone striker well and drove the team up the field with his pressing and link-up play.
They were well supported by Mohamed Ould-Ali and Emmanuel Frimpong who appeared as subs.
Emmanuel worked his socks of showing his pace and stamina on the right, belying his penchant for a lunchtime Chinese meal.
Mohamed deserved more game time, but some tactical disarray and poor time keeping by the management team plus the tightness of the game limited his minutes on the pitch.
A final shout to unused subs Teddy Sheppard and Kieran Jacob-Clements who both played a roll in previous games and were on hand ready to play their part if needed.
Likewise the injured Aaron Whitely and Santana Hall-Reid who were also unavailable.
Remember, it’s a team game and everyone plays their part.
A final well done to all the boys involved through the years and there cannot be a better way to end their 5 year journey as a school team…hope to see you in the First XI next year!
Reporter/manager: Mr Mikel ‘Arteta’ Collins