Nine of our P5-7 pupils represented the school at today’s Soccer Sevens festival at Wardie (plus an extra player from Longstone PS, who played with us as the rest of his team did not turn up!) We played five matches altogether with only a couple of minutes between each game, so our players were kept busy!
In the first game, we played Gracemount PS. A great team performance saw Preston Street run out 2-0 winners, and only some excellent goalkeeping from the Gracemount keeper prevented us scoring more goals.
Our next two games were against Murrayburn and Roseburn. Our players battled hard in both games, but were simply outplayed on both occasions by better teams. Nevertheless, the team still created chances in both games and kept trying to play positive passing football despite the defeats.
In the fourth game, we played Ratho PS and this was much closer – Ratho running out 4-2 winners after a closely fought match which was in the balance until the last few minutes.
Our final game against Victoria PS was the most entertaining of all – a real ‘end to end’ affair with constant waves of attack from both teams. Victoria scored an early opener, but Preston Street kept playing positive football and fought back to lead 2-1. We then missed several chances to increase our lead, while surviving a few scrambles at the other end, before a brilliant long range shot flew in for a late Victoria equaliser. Our players may have been frustrated but the draw was a fair reward for both teams’ efforts.
Over the piece the festival was a positive end to the year and showed the improvement which has taken place since we started up in November. The players can take pride in the fact that three out of the five games on the day were very evenly contested. While we still have a long way to go before we are anywhere near the level of the best teams, there has been great progress made and we are getting closer and more competitive all the time.
Next year we will either be running separate P6 and P7 teams, or one combined P6/7 team. We also hope to run teams for P4 and P5. This depends on how many pupils want to play (and also on how many parents are able to help out.) Information about next year’s school football will be issued in August.
In the meantime, we would like to wish all our P7 players the very best of luck for moving on to high school, and thank all our parents and carers for the support they have provided during the year.