Downderry has representative teams in the Lewisham Football League for years 3, 4, 5 and 6 for both boys and girls. The league has been running for over 20 years and is one of the largest regular footballing events to take place in the country with around 300 children from Lewisham schools playing each week. Our teams play on a Saturday morning once every 2 or 3 weeks. Our achievements include winning the Year 6 Champions Cup in 2010, runners-up in the Year 6 Trophy in 2018, and semi-finalists in the Year 4 Cup in 2017.
Olivia, Victoria, Nicole, Kaja, Aysha, Nia, Neolani, Lina, Chenai, Tehilla-Lynn, Maija and Paige.
Downderry 3 v 0 Stillness C
Downderry 0 v 3 Stillness A
Downderry 2 v 1 Fairlawn
Downderry 1 v 1 Good Shepherd
Downderry 0 v 0 Holbeach
Downderry 1 v 2 Edmund Waller
Matches for Saturday 7th March 2020
Downderry v Baring
Downderry v John Ball
Saturday 30th November 2019
Holbeach 0 v 0 Downderry
Edmund Waller 2 v 0 Downderry
On Saturday 30th November, Downderry’s Girls’ football team had another competition to prove being worthy of victory. With pounding hearts, a brilliant team and many supporters, Downderry went on to play their first match.
Football is a game of skill, control and teamwork and that's what Downderry had. We were dominating the game with 52 shots! Unfortunately, the ball could not reach the back of the net but we kept trying. Skilful, good attacking play was demonstrated by Olivia, Maija, Nicole and Aysha but in order to score we needed more time which we run out of. Before we knew it, the match had already ended and Holbeach had clung onto a point against us.
The second match hit us like a tumbling brick wall. We knew it was going to be tough as we faced the league favourites, Edmund Waller. The referee blew the whistle to start the match and in a record time of 4.2 seconds Edmund Waller had scored and we were left looking at each other as Nicole picked the ball out of our net! However, Downderry did not give up! Amazing defending by Victoria, Chenai, Nia, Neolani, Tehilla-Lynn, and Kaja kept the score to a respectable 2-0.
Thank you for everyone who joined us to play our matches and we will see you after Christmas!
Report written by Victoria and Olivia.
Team: Olivia, Victoria, Nia, Kaja, Majia, Neolani, Chenai, Tehilla-Lynn, Aysha, Nicole
Saturday 16th November 2019
Fairlawn 1 v 2 Downderry
Good Shepherd 1 v 1 Downderry
On a beautiful Autumn Saturday morning, our Downderry team began their league campaign against Fairlawn and Good Shepherd.
In the first match, Downderry scored early through Olivia and looked like they would win easily. However, a plethora of super saves by the Fairlawn goalkeeper kept the difference to just one goal until the last few minutes of the game when Downderry doubled their lead thanks to a fine strike by Aysha. At this point, many assumed Downderry would continue their dominance and cruise to victory. Fairlawn, however, had other ideas: they scored almost immediately and for the remainder of the match peppered the Downderry goal with attack after attack and were unlucky not to score an equalizer. However, Downderry defended desperately and thanks to some amazing defending (including a world-class sliding tackle by Tehillah-Lynn), were able to hold on to claim victory and a valuable three points.
The second game, against Good Shepherd, proved even closer than the first. After some confusion at a goal kick, Downderry conceded an early goal against a strong Good Shepherd team and it looked as though their unbeaten run may finally come to an end (they had won three matches in a row in all competitions before this). However, resolute defending by Kaja, Neolani, Nia, Tehilla-Lynn and Lina, along with energetic tackling and attacking by Paige, Nicole, Maija, Chenai, Aysha and Olivia proved too much for the team from Good Shepherd, and just after half-time Downderry scored a deserved equalizer thanks to a fine strike from Olivia. Downderry continued to knock at the Good Shepherd door in an attempt score a winning goal, but unfortunately time ran out before they could. A draw was a fair result. Well done to all those who played. We now look forward to our next matches in two weeks.
Team: Paige, Olivia, Aysha, Victoira, Nicole, Kaja, Neolani, Nia, Tahela-Lynn, Lina, Maija,
Tuesday 29th October 2019
On Tuesday, our year 6 girls' team attended a football festival at Whitefoot Lane Playing Fields. All matches were very close but Downderry performed brilliantly and were able to win ALL their matches and, therefore, the overall competition. Wearing their medals home, it was a great way to start the season. Well done to all the players.