It Ain't Over Until It's Over
Saturday 20th November 2021
Downderry 1 - 1 Stillness
Downderry 1 - 1 All Saints
Although many people believe the Premier League to be the most exciting league in the world, they may change their minds if they were to watch the matches from the Year 4 Lewisham League. On Saturday, the year 4 teams thrilled the crowds with more exciting and very close matches.
Our first match against Stillness was a very close contest: both teams had lots of chances and the points could have gone to either team. In the end, the game ended in a draw thanks to a brilliant strike from Jaydon who cooly scored from Henry's low cross, some super defending from Michael, George and Calum, and a man-of-the-match performance from Abdulwahab in goal.
Our second match against All Saints was closer still and was only decided by the last kick of the game. After losing an early goal, Downderry's boys tried hard to score an equalizer, but no matter how much skill and hard work was on display from Riley and Isaiah, and the rest of the team, they could not beat the All Saints goalkeeper. Luckily, Cam'ron was in fine form in goal and, thanks to four outstanding saves, kept the deficit to just one goal. With time running out, Riley, Isaiah and Calum linked well to get the ball to Henry at the corner of the penalty box. Henry squared the ball to Miles who smashed it past the goalkeeper and into the roof of the net. The players went wild! The supporters went wild! People who happened to be walking across the heath went wild! The goal proved to be the last kick of the match and although our boys drew both games they went home with a winning feeling.
Well done to all those who represented Downderry.
A special thanks must go to Mrs Jackson and Mr Gittens who helped manage the team. Without their support, we would not have been able to attend this week.
A Winning Start
Saturday 6th November 2021
Downderry 1 – 0 Rathfern
Downderry 1 – 0 Edmund Waller
On a beautiful Saturday morning, our year 4 boys’ team opened their Lewisham Schools’ Football League campaign in thrilling fashion with two victories.
Both matches were very close and were won by goals from Isaiah (who could have had a hat-trick had goal line technology been available). However, the victories had much to do with the efforts of all of the players involved.
Abdulwahab, Michael and Jadion were excellent at supporting our defensive rock, George, to keep the opposition’s attackers at bay. While Zadion, Ethan, Riley, Seth, Miles, Calum, Cam’ron and Jayden gave energy to our midfield to help our defenders and create opportunities for our strikers, Isaiah and Henry.
Well done to all those who represented Downderry. We are very proud of you.
Next matches: Saturday 20th November 2021
From the Archive
On a wet and windy Tuesday, some of our year 4 children attended a football festival at Whitefoot Lane Playing Fields hosted by Bonus Pastor.
Our girls’ team were brilliant in their attitude and effort: they never stopped trying and were wonderfully supportive of each other. As a consequence, they managed to score eight goals and win the competition. A special mention must go to Sophie who played in goal for all the matches. Not only was she willing to play in this position for the team, but she also made some wonderful saves (reminiscent of the great Peter Schmeichel).
Our boys team won their competition on goal difference after drawing their first game with St Augustine’s then winning the rest. Another magnificent performance from all the players. A special mention must go to Vipushan who played in goal and whose saves were vital in the first match, as well as Elijah who played on pitch for the first time for the school and scored both goals in our draw with St Augustine’s.
Well done to everyone who played and thank you to all who came along to support.
Saturday 8th February 2020
Downderry 6 v 0 Horniman
Downderry 1 v 0 Sandhurst
Our year 4 came in to this weekend's round of fixtures unbeaten and looking to maintain that record.
Our first game was against Hornimans. Right from the first whistle, the team looked to get forward at every opportunity and every time they lost the ball, won it back immediately and pushed forward. The midfield of Isiah, Santiago and Dexter proved far too strong for Hornimans and we soon took the game away from them going into half time with a 2-0 lead. The boys came out in the second half hungry for more goals and they soon came. Thanks to great play from Luis and Dexter on the wings and Isiah and Santiago driving through the middle, we added another four goals. It was a relatively quiet day for Elijah, Sebastian and Vipushan at the back. However, when they were needed, they did their jobs well. We finished as comfortable 6-0 winners.
Game 2 against Sandhurst proved to be a very frustrating game as Sandhurst were defending for their lives from kick-off. We went forward and created chances every time we had the ball (and this was quite a lot because Sandhurst were continually conceding possession and putting us back on the front foot). It was looking as though we would have to settle for a draw - even though a victory was really what we deserved.
Isiah, Dexter, Luis, Jonnie, Santiago, Sebastian were all trying their best to score but the Sandhurst keeper always seemed to be in the right place at the right time and was keeping us at bay. However, close to the end of the match Luiz received the ball just inside the penalty area, took on two players and then lashed the ball into the top corner to put us 1-0 up. Players and supporters went wild! After that, it continued to be one way traffic and the victory never looked in doubt. The boys continued to have attempt after attempt but just couldn't fine the second goal. However, it didn't matter. As the final whistle went, we were able to enjoy the feeling of back to back wins for the first time this season. This keeps the momentum going as we remain unbeaten.
Tuesday 4th February
On Tuesday, a team of year 4 pupils took part in the Lewisham Schools' Football Festival, alongside 34 other primary schools. In the group stages, Downderry were unbeaten, winning one game 7-0! Therefore, we marched through to the next round with hopes of footballing glory. However, those hopes were dashed in the quarter-final when we narrowly lost 2-1 to a team we had beaten in the group stages! Although we did not win the competition this year, every pupil worked exceptionally hard on the pitch and the level of teamwork was excellent. Well done to all who took part (we'll win next year!).
Saturday 7th December 2019
Downderry 0 - 0 Rathfern
Downderry 5 - 0 Dalmain
Saturday saw the year 3 and 4 football team play their second round of matches in the Lewisham Schools League at Blackheath.
Our first game was against Rathfern. It was a very close game, but a game that we should have one after very strong second-half performances from Luiz, Dexter, Ashay and our Captain, Sebastian, with Dexter hitting the woodwork and Luiz making their goalkeeper pull off a couple of great saves. But sadly, it just wasn't meant to be and finished 0-0.
The second game against Dalmain was a very different story: from the very first whistle to the last, we were on the front foot and looked likely to score every time we went forward. With some outstanding performances from Luiz, Isiaiah, Ashay and Dexter, all of whom contributed with great forward play and goals, the team was led from the back by Sebastian. who was partnered by the ever improving Vipushan, who ensured Elijah had a very comfortable morning in goal, keeping two clean sheets. The versatile Johnny was a great addition as a substitute and added an extra attacking threat in a game that we won comfortably 5-0 and it could have been even more! 2 wins and 2 draws in the league so far!