U9s Get Their Kicks At Manchester City Football Festival

Manchester City hosted an Independent Schools festival at their academy facility in Sport City and CHS’s Under 8s and Under 9s won the plate in the final.

Only warming up in their early matches, CHS endeavoured to bring home a great result. The team finished 3rd in their group and were entered into the plate competition.

As if a switch had been flicked, CHS turned on the magic and beat Bolton School 1-0 and King’s Chester 4-0 before meeting Bury in the final.

After 12 minutes of excellent football the game was drawn at 1-1 before finishing with a penalty shootout.

CHS’s Joel Stott bravely stepped up and volunteered to be goalkeeper. He saved Bury’s first effort brilliantly and McGrath hammered home CHS’s first penalty.

Middleton’s penalty for CHS was also successful but Bury found their way past Stott with sheer power; he met the ball with his gloves but could not stop it hitting the back of the net.

At sudden death, Bury fired their 4th shot wide then Savage, cool as you like, buried the ball in the back of the net, straight down the middle and through the keepers outstretched arms.

Junior School Teacher and Sports Coach, Mr Jonny Cartwright said: “It was an excellent morning of football from a mixed team with some strong performances from our Year 4 players, especially Iddon and Middleton. Our Year 3s also showed real promise and continue to impress across all sports.”

U9 Football Team:

Zachary McGrath

Woody Lees

Gabriel Galassi

Felix Savage

Leila Iddon

Pearse Cunningham

Dan Middleton

Arthur Daw

Joel Stott

Ali Ahmed