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Excited Longdean students waiting (very patiently) at the airport









Game one FC Farners v Longdean

Year 8

The first game of the night was for the Year 8 team. After a great training session earlier in the day Mr Mellor was confident of a fast start to the game and that's exactly what he got. One minute after kick off the ball was picked up by Ojo who dribbled past his defender and fired over a cross to pick out Chalk in the penalty box. Chalk struck his volley to theright of the goalkeeper who made an unbelievable save only for the ball to fall to Morris. Still with plenty to do Morris kept his head to slot home from 8 yards. 1-0 to Longdean and a dream start for Mr Mellor and his team.

The opposition (Farners) were shocked by the pace of the Longdean attack and raised their game accordingly. The next fifteen minutes of the game was locked in midfield with both teams testing each other before Farners seized upon a slip in midfield and the striker netted from 15 yards. The goal was soon followed by another and by now Farners had got into their stride and were dictating the game, they added a third before half time. The second half was more of the same with Fogden making some fine saves to keep the score down.
Final score Farners 6-1 Longdean. 

Year 9

The second game of the night involved the Year 9 boys, also playing Farners FC. After showing much promise in training earlier in the day Mr Gilder was confident of a great first game for his team. 

Longdean had planned to alter their style of play to allow opposition more time on the ball in their own half. This change of approach took its toll on the team 6 minutes into the game when Farners took advantage of sloppy possession to open up the Longdean defence and go a goal ahead. 

This had an immediate effect on the Year 9 team who reacted positively and proceeded to keep the ball with style. Ogali had a penalty appeal turned down after 11 minutes after being flattened by the goalkeeper after going through one on one. Longdean finally broke their tour duck when a ferocious free kick from Collins could only be parried by the goalkeeper only for Sykes to follow up and slam the ball into an empty net.
This was the catalyst for more from Longdean and the team instantly seized the initiative with Swindells feeding White who danced through the Farners defence beating three players then coolly beat the keeper from 10 yards. Memories of Ricky Villa against Man City! Fantasy football continued with Longdean dictating the play from the back and playing through the midfield. Longdean's third goal came after a great passing sequence falling to Collin's feet. A quick drop of the shoulder and push of the ball out of his feet later and he found himself with a couple of yards space. Collins glanced up and released a thunderous 25 yard knuckle-shot which seemed to swerve towards the goalkeeper only to move away at the last moment to bulge the net. Longdean were now comfortably ahead and keeping the ball, much to the frustration of their opponents.
This continued well into the second half with Longdean allowing Farners space in their own half only to press as they moved towards half way. Each and every Longdean player looked the part, taking their time and confident on the ball, making the opposition work for possession. Longdean's fourth goal again reflected this high quality football with a neat interchange between White and Swindells passing the ball between the full back and centre back into Mantle's feet who turned swiftly and fed Sykes who beat his man and smashed the ball from 22 yards into the top right corner of the goal. The team (and crowd) went wild.
In the final five minutes Arthur was called into action a number of times and made two exceptional saves to top off an excellent nights work. 

 Final Score FC Farners 1-4 Longdean