Coventry City FC:
We were very lucky to be visited by some familiar footballing faces from Coventry City FC on Thursday 26th September. Jordan Shipley, Ben Wilson and Zain Westbrook took part in a question and answer session from children from Year 1 up to Year 6. The children enjoyed hearing about the experiences of the professional footballers and asked some very thought provoking questions.
Hordain Football Tournament:
Once again, the Moat House team played really well against European opposition over the weekend of 8th June. We played teams from France, Luxembourg and Bulgaria this year, winning two of our 6 matches and losing the final one 5 – 4 on penalties. I’m proud to say that all of the matches were close and apart from a 3 nil defeat to the home team, we only lost by the odd goal (or on penalties). Jessy (3 goals) and Tyreece (1 goal) both scored in open play. They also both scored in the penalty shoot-out, as did Filip and Nathan. Credit goes to all of the children who took part. We also had some lovely feedback from the host families who all said how well behaved the children were and what good manners they have.
On Thursday 9th May, the school football team took on local rivals, Potters Green, in an away match. The team started well and quickly gained an early advantage by Tyreece (which Mr Gilmour likened to a “Steven Gerrard” goal!) whilst at the other end, Harry bravely made a series of brilliant saves. Unfortunately, around the half time mark, concentration lapsed and although Moat House became more dominant towards the end of the match, they could not find the net again. Final score 4:1 to Potters Green.
On Thursday 4th April, the Moat House football team played a friendly match against local rivals Potters Green. Jessy took advantage of the home ground and opened up the score line but sadly the opposition were awarded with two penalties and the final score was 1:2. Man of the match was Igor, who made his debut and defended well in the position of left back.
On Thursday 7th February, we played away at Manor Park and it was a classic 'game of two halves.' We didn't really get going in the first half, partly as there were a few new players involved and we were glad to have Harry in goal who kept the score line down to one nil for them. After a rousing team talk from Mr Gilmour, we played much better in the second half and put together some good moves, which ended up with their keeper having to make some good saves. As we pushed forward looking for an equaliser this unfortunately left the defence exposed and Manor Park were able to score again. At this point we went for all out attack! The final score was five nil to them but if we had got that equaliser...? We were very grateful for the players who stepped in at short notice to enable this match to go ahead.
On Tuesday 5th February, six of our Year 6 children took part in a football tournament at Ryton Connexions. They played with confidence in the first match and won decisively by 2:0. Unfortunately, they did not manage to get through to the next round but Man of the Match was Harry, who managed to keep the opposition’s score line down.
On Thursday 8th November, Moat House travelled to Stivichall for their first game of the season in the Harry Shaw Cup. With various players making their debuts, it was an experimental line-up, but Mr Gilmour needn’t have worried as they started off confidently with Jessy close to scoring a few times. With their very first attack, Stivichall scored a good goal giving goalkeeper Letroy no chance. The second half continued the same way with chances being missed by Moat House, but the equaliser couldn’t be found.
A good battling performance by all but the man of the match goes to Jessy for sheer effort and determination. He kept going even without getting the goal he thoroughly deserved.
Year 4 Football Competition:
On Friday 12th October, eight eager Year 4 children (Sanjay, Makai, Oliwier, Molly-May, Riyam, Lexie, Tyrelle and Evan) took part in a football competition at the AT7 Centre. The odds were stacked against them with rain pouring down and pitches flooding but that didn't dampen their spirits. They played three matches in total and displayed some excellent defending skills, Makai was particularly impressive! Our goal keeper, Sanjay was a stand-out performer, so much so, that other coaches mentioned how great he was! Unfortunately they didn't make it past the group stages but they all had a fantastic time.
Hordain Football Tournament:
Once again, the Moat House team played really well against European opposition over the weekend of May 19th. We played teams from France, Czechoslovakia and Bulgaria on the first day. We played well but, despite several chances, we didn’t manage to get on the score sheet. On the second day the boys played even better and won two of their three matches. We played against the Hordain second team (we won 3 – 1), the Hordain first team (they won 4 – 1) and finished off by playing Southfields, who we shared a coach with. We beat them 2 – 1. Our top scorer was Jessy with 4 goals. Nathaniel and Tyreece scored one goal each. The boys had a great weekend and their host families spoke very highly of them.
On Thursday 3rd May, ten of our Year 4 children travelled to the Alan Higgs Centre to take part in a football tournament against two other Coventry schools. They battled courageously in both matches but sadly luck was not on their side for the final result. A special mention must go to Renikah, who put in a superb performance in her role as goalkeeper. Thank you to Mr Goodbody and Mr McIlroy who transported the children and supported them throughout the tournament.
Girls Football Match:
The girl’s football team had their first ever match versus Frederick Bird Primary School on Wednesday 7Th February. The girls were very nervous and took to the field with enthusiasm and inspiring words from their coach Nikisha. The game started with Alesha showing flashes of what she will surely be capable of in games to come. The opposition took the lead with a sharp finish from their striker. The game ebbed and flowed with Charlotte leading the Moat House defence, in goal Felicia was very busy making some smart saves before two quick goals made it 3-0 to the visitors. Moat House rallied but unfortunately two goals just before half time made it 5-0. The second half started with Moat House pushing forward but unfortunately they couldn’t find the goal the girls thoroughly deserved. Chelsea came on as sub and upped the tempo for Moat House, but the goal didn’t come. All the girls played with passion, commitment and showed good sportsmanship on and off the pitch.
On Tuesday 23rd January, the school football team excitedly travelled to St. Laurence’s Primary School to take part in a Harry Shaw cup match. The team made a positive start by scoring the first goal of the match but the opposition managed to sneak a goal in just before half time to make it 1:1. After the half time break, St. Laurence’s proved to be the stronger team and gained the win, meaning that Moat House have unfortunately not progressed. The Moat House team put in maximum effort and man of the match was awarded to Kian for his all-round enthusiasm and positive attitude.
On Monday 20th November, the A team competed against Sacred Heart in an exciting home match. It was a fantastic start with Nathan scoring the first goal before half time. The defence were on top form, so the ball rarely left the Moat House end of the pitch. After half time, Ebalo was brought on as a sub and managed to score two magnificent goals! Moat House were now 3-0 up! Despite nearly scoring an own goal, Nathaniel, who constantly fought off at least four players, scored a final goal within the last few minutes! All of the players tried their best and man of the match was awarded to Ebalo.
On Thursday 16th November, the football team took part in another league game that earnt them three points. An away game at Henley Green was the scene for another brilliant result. Moat House started well and took the lead through a snap shot from Nathaniel, who was bossing the midfield in his new role. The game was very even and Henley Green drew level through an own goal. Half time 1-1. The second half started well for Moat House with lots of possession and they got their rewards with goals by Nathan and Adil. Henley Green sneaked a goal in injury time but Moat House hung on for a well-deserved victory. The final score was 2:3 and Man of the Match was awarded to Nathaniel.
On Tuesday 17th October, it was Moat House’s first league game of the season, away at St. Laurence’s and hopes were high following some very promising training sessions. Moat House started well in their new formation with Oliver bossing the midfield. Nathaniel then gave Moat House the lead with a smart finish giving the keeper no chance at all: 1-0. The Moat House goalkeeper then produced a few neat saves to keep them in the lead. Half time: 1-0. The second half started as the first ended with Moat House dictating the play. There was a corner for Moat House that was cleared well by the St. Laurence defence only to the new Moat House captain, Tyreece. With one touch to control, he then unleashed a venomous shot from all of fifteen yards that nestled into the top corner giving the goalkeeper no chance. Everyone who witnessed this couldn’t believe their eyes: 2-0. With minutes to go, St. Laurence’s converted a penalty to make it 2-1 but Moat House’s defence stood firm to hold out for a thoroughly deserved victory! Man of the match – Nikita for some amazing tackling and sharp passing.
On Saturday 3rd June, our football team were fortunate enough to take part in an international football tournament in Hordain (Northern France). The team played courageously against some very skilful and experienced European teams. They had mixed results but managed to score some crucial goals. The boys thoroughly enjoyed the experience and were excellent representatives for their team, school and country! The following email was sent to me from the Friends of Hordain Twinning Committee (who accompanied the school trip): “We felt that we really had to let you know how proud we were of the children from Moat House School. Their behaviour was exemplary. They played against many international teams and we were so proud of their team spirit. Thank you so much for representing our twinning.”
On Thursday 4th May, our football team competed in a league match against Stoke Heath Primary School. Sadly, the boys did not win on this occasion but they all put a great effort in, especially man of the match Nikita, who steadfastly tackled his opponent throughout.
On Tuesday 31st January, five of our Key Stage 2 boys (Nathaniel, Harry, Adam, Oliver and Matthew) battled heroically against Year 6 boys in a football tournament at the Connexions Centre at Ryton. Although the boys did not win on this occasion, they developed their stamina, team playing skills and enjoyed the competition.
The Moat House football team had a busy week in the week of 5th December, with not one but two football matches. They played Stoke Heath on Tuesday 6th December and All Souls on Thursday 8th December. The boys all worked hard as a team and played extremely well but unfortunately, they were unable to secure a win.
On Tuesday 22nd November, the Moat House football team played a very tight match against St Laurence's Primary School. Even though we had many chances, we couldn't succeed in getting the ball into the back of the net. The team played outstandingly, but unfortunately the match ended as 1-0 to St Laurence's. The boys held their heads up high and if we keep on playing like that, we will definitely win more matches in the future - reported by Nathaniel (football captain).
On Tuesday 1st November, the school football team played a match against Grangehurst Primary School. After a hard fought but friendly game, Grangehurst managed to win by only one goal – the final score was a very close 3:2. The Moat House team are still in this competition and could win an engraved plate in the next round, which will take place in a few weeks’ time.
On Thursday 20th October, Moat House played a football match against Henley Green Primary. Henley Green got an early goal, against the run of play but the boys didn't stop believing and soon Tyreece levelled the score. The first goal was quickly followed by five more, with goals from Nathaniel, Matthew and Devaughn. With 10 minutes left to play, Mr. Gilmour brought on Kian to play upfront and he managed to slide the ball beneath the diving goal keeper making the score 7-3 to Moat House.
We must give a special thanks to Mr McIlroy for helping with training and refereeing the match, as well as Miss O'Donnell and many of the parents for coming along to support the footballers. Well done to the team; Jaffer (Yr 6), Devaughan (Yr6), Adam (Yr6), Tyreece (Yr4), Oliver (Yr5), Nathaniel (Yr5), Matthew (Yr5), Nathan (Yr4) and Kian (Yr5).
Year 3 and 4 Football Tournament:
On Wednesday 12th October, some of the children from Years 3 and 4 took part in an inter-school football competition at Centre AT7. They all played brilliantly and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Although they didn’t win the competition, they did win three of the matches they played. Well done to Myah, Patryk, Tyreece, Poppy, Renikah, Letroy and Ryan.
Hordain Football Tournament
On Saturday 14th May, Moat House Primary School and Stivichall Primary School travelled to Northern France to take part in an international football tournament.
We travelled by coach and ferry, setting off at 6.30am and arriving in Hordain at approximately 4.30pm.
On Sunday we had our first game, which we won 6 – 0. It was a good warm up for the boys and set us up for the rest of the tournament.
Our second game was a close encounter. Moat House was drawing 1 – 1 against a team from the Czech Republic. However with 30 seconds to go their number 10 broke into open ground and slotted the ball past Jaffer (our goalkeeper). There was no time to respond and we lost 2 -1.
The final game of the day would decide if we came 2nd or 3rd in our group. If we came 2nd we would be in the top half of the table, playing the better teams, if 3rd the best we could do would be 9th position.
We played a team called Plovdiv. For this match, Mr Gilmour changed the tactics and went for a more aggressive 2-3-2 formation. This paid off and we were soon leading 2-0, thanks to goals from Jonathon and Leandro. As soon as we were safe we changed back to 3-3-1 and it stayed 2-0 to the end of the match.
Top half of the table for Moat House and already we had improved on our 13th position from the previous year. Stivichall were not faring as well and had lost their 3 games and thus would be playing in the bottom half of the table for the second day.
Three more games awaited us on the Monday. All against teams that had won or come second in their groups.
Our first game was against a Spanish team. They had won group A and had many good players. They proved too strong for our lads and we were beaten 5-0.
Things were similar in our second match where we were beaten 4-0.
With these results it meant that we could not come higher than 7th in the tournament, even if we won our last game.
We found that we would be playing the Czech team that had beat us on Sunday. The boys wanted revenge!
Again Mr Gilmour decided to go with the more aggressive 2-3-2 formation. This time spearheaded by Jamal and Nathaniel. With Marcio, Leandro (Captain) and Devaughn in midfield, Marley and Jonathon (The Rock) at the back and Jaffer (The Cat) in goal.
Again and again Moat House attacked, but didn’t get the all-important first goal. It wasn’t until just before half time that Leandro broke down the left wing and put a pass into the box. This was met by Marcio, who hammered the ball into the back of the net.
For the second half the opposition controlled the ball and Jaffer was forced to pull off a string of great saves to keep us in front. Mr Gilmour and Mr Black spent their time staring at Mr Black’s stop watch, counting down the time, whilst our cheerleading squad of Mrs Tite, Miss Cameron, Mrs Dolden and Mrs Hall shouted themselves hoarse!
The boys hung on and came 7th in the tournament! The most successful team Moat House Primary has sent to Hordain.
Well done to all the squad:
Jaffer – goalkeeper
Marley – left back
Jonathon – centre back
Devaughn – right back
Jamal – left wing
Leandro – central midfield
Marcio – right wing
Darren – striker
Nathanial – sub
Andre - sub