YEAR 5 & 6
Cup Final Heartbreak for Year 5
Saturday 30th April 2022
Lewisham Schools' Year 5 Cup Final
Downderry 2 - 4 Stillness (After Extra Time)
On Saturday, our year 5 team played in a cup final which was regarded by many team managers and the competition organisers as the game of the season.
Our team made it to the semi-final by beating Rathfern and Launcelot after narrowly losing to Dalmain. In the semi-final, Downderry came from behind to beat Edmund Waller 3-1.
In the final, our Downderry team played the league champions, Stillness, who were unbeaten all season. In a match full of incident and chances, Downderry twice came from behind to draw level, thanks to a long-range goal from Seth and a skilful finish from Jonny, and took the game into extra time. Although Downderry continued to battle hard during the period of extra time, Stillness were able to score and hold on for victory. Although we lost, our boys were brilliant. They could not have tried harder and there was a real togetherness that drove them to perform at their best. We defended as a team and attacked as a team, and ultimately pushed a very strong unbeaten team all the way.
Well done to our whole team - we could not be more proud of you.
Year 5 Boys' Lewisham Schools' Cup Finalists
Our Year 6 Team's Final Games
Saturday 12th March 2022
On Saturday, our year 6 boys' team played their final games for Downderry.
Having finished in the top four of their group, our team qualified for the Lewisham Schools' Champions' Cup, along with the other seven best teams in the borough. All the games were very close and the standard was extremely high. Unfortunately, one win, one draw and one loss was not enough to send us into the semi-finals, even though our performances arguably warranted it.
And so our year 6 team say farwell to representing Downderry. Many of the players have represented the school since year 2 and have always shown great commitment and have demonstrated a wonderful attitude. Elijah in goal, with Vipushan, Sebastian and Santiago in defence meant we were always organised, solid and difficult to score against, while our midfield of Ashay, Dexter, Anderson, Luiz, Isaiah and Jonny proved to be skilful and potent when attacking, and hard-working when defending, and our striker, Moshe, always looked a threat and made life difficult for the opposition's defenders. A special mention must go to Jordan who joined the team in year 6. He added some steel and skill to our team's defence, and never missed a match.
All of the players will be remembered fondly and with great pride. We wish them well in the future and hope they return at some point to let us know about their footballing exploits at secondary school and beyond.
Year 6 Football Team 2022
Five Goal Thriller Ends the Year
Saturday 11th December 2021
Downderry 1 - 0 Edmund Waller
Downderry 3 - 2 Rathfern
Our Year 6 boys' team won both matches on Saturday, but the victories were far from straight forward. In a game of few chances, our match against Edmund Waller was settled by a single goal - a superb strike from Luiz. For the rest of the match, the team managed to defend well and protect our goalkeeper, Elijah, to hold on for a good win over a strong side. Jordan was outstanding as our rock in defence alongside Sebastian. Similarly, the match against Rathfern was very close. Even though Downderry went two goals up in the first half, thanks to Luiz and Anderson, Rathfern continued to put pressure on the team from Downderry. That pressure finally turned into goals and the scores were level. Then, shortly before full time with the score at 2-2, the Rathfern striker broke through the Downderry defence and looked certain to give Rathfern the win. Vipushan, however, had other ideas and managed to make a sliding tackle which prevented a certain goal. This brought a cheer from the supporting crowd, and a renewed determination from the Downderry team. With just seconds remaining, the boys from Downderry had passed the ball up the field to Dexter who was able to score a vital, winning third goal that took the points. Our year 6 boys now sit joint top of the league with St Matthews, who we will play in the new year. Well done to all those involved and a big thank you to Mr Hitch for managing the team.
A Winning Start For Year 6
Saturday 13th November 2021
Downderry 3 - 0 Horniman
Downderry 4 - 0 Baring
Our Year 6 team started their league campaign with 2 victories.
Our first match against Horniman was closer than the scoreline suggests as solid defending from Sebastian, Vipushan and Jordan was necessary in order to keep a clean sheet and take the victory.
The opening goal came just before half time and was initiated by an our goalkeeper, Elijah, who hit an amazing 60 yard pass to Anderson on the right wing, deep in the opposition’s half. Anderson controlled the ball on his chest and beat three players before rifling the ball into the far corner of the goal. The rest of the match continued to be very close until Dexter and Luiz, with the support of Ashay, Jonny and Santiago, settled the match with two superbly taken goals.
Our second match was much more one-sided than the first with Downderry having 27 efforts on target compared to Baring’s 1. The Baring goalkeeper, however, was in inspired form and made some outstanding saves to keep the scoreline respectable. In fact, it took a perfect long-range effort that nestled into the top corner from Dexter to beat the Baring goalkeeper and break the deadlock. After that, two more goals from Dexter and one from our striker, Moshe, secured the points for Downderry.
Well done to all those who represented Downderry. We are very proud of you.
Year 6 Team on Saturday 13th November 2021
Next matches: Saturday 27th November 2021
From the Archive
Downderry Bow Out in Style
Having represented Downderry since they were in Year 2, our year 6 boys’ team hung up their football shirts after playing for the last time in the Lewisham Cup. Having reached the semi-final in year 3, they were hoping to go one better this time round, but sadly, it was not to be.
After being beaten narrowly by Stillness and defeating Prendegast, we needed to win our last match against St Mathews to progress to the next round. Alas, although we had dozens of chances, we found the St Mathews goalkeeper in inspired (and somewhat lucky) form and were not able to score the goals needed to progress to the next round.
Although we were disappointed not to progress, our team played really well and tried really hard. Our supporters were brilliant and the games we played in were unbelievably eventful and exciting – even more exciting than the Champions’ League Final! As a consequence, it was a fine way for this particular team to say goodbye to football at Downderry. We are very proud of the efforts the players have made over the years, and have many fond memories of their time representing Downderry.
2020-2021 Year 6 Football Team
Saturday 1st February 2020
WE WIN OR WE LEARN
Downderry 1 v 2 Launcelot
Downderry 3 v 0 St Matthews
On Saturday, year 5 were up against Launcelot and St Matthews.
We started the game against Launcelot on the front foot, creating early chances which we managed to convert into a goal thanks to a clever strike from Elijah. Sadly, the lead was soon out of our hands after two quick fire goals saw Launcelot take a 2-1 lead, much to the disappointment of the boys. However, they rallied and finished the game the much better side, and despite several late chances, it wasn't to be our day as Launcelot managed to hold on to their slender lead.
The second game against St Matthews was a different story. With the boys eager to avenge their disappointment from the first game, we started well again. However, St Matthews played with everyone behind the ball and we found it difficult to break them down. As the game went on, it seemed as if luck wasn't going to be on our side. Then the ball struck a St Matthews player on the arm and without hesitation the referee awarded us a penalty. Our captain, Jack, stepped up with great confidence and arrowed his penalty into the top corner, which led to wild celebrations from the team. Two minutes later, Captain Jack was again in the right place at the right time to finish of a great move by the team and a great cross from Elijah. Elijah then topped off a great performance by adding a third and we finished the game with a comfortable 3-0 win. What a way to bounce back from the disappointment of the first match!
Tuesday 29th October 2019
On Tuesday, our year 6 boys' 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.