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Competing for the cup

Wednesday 27th November 2013

The Trust recently supported the G Plus Cup, an annual football tournament for young people from schools and colleges across Royal Greenwich.

Held at the Shooters Hill Post 16 campus, the tournament was organised by students currently enrolled there on a BTEC Sport course. The Trust provided coaches for tournament, who refereed the matches.

Greenwich Community College, John Roan and Woolwich Poly also supported the event, which proved to be a competitive tournament with high levels of skill and ability on show.

After a round robin group stage, it was clear Greenwich Community College were going to be hard to beat, having won all of their games in the group stages. They went on to meet the hosts, Shooters Hill in one semi-final, whilst defending champions John Roan faced Woolwich Poly in the other decider.

Greenwich Community College delivered a confident performance, beating the hosts 4-0 in an emphatic display, whilst John Roan just edged past Woolwich Poly, winning 2-1.

The final proved an entertaining encounter as Greenwich Community College took a commanding 2-0 lead, but John Roan, who were looking to win the title for the 4th time in 6 years, came back with a goal before half time, proving they would be no pushovers.

The second half was a cagey affair with Roan in search of an equaliser, whilst trying not to concede another, but they couldn’t hold off Greenwich for long, as they took a 3-1 lead.

However Roan responded straight away, narrowing Greenwich’s lead to just one goal.

Greenwich proved too strong for their opponents and went on to score another two goals and secure victory. A 5-2 final scoreline proved a fair reflection of a strong Greenwich Community College side, which impressed early on in the group stages.

Matt Horne, Youth Service Partnership and Valley Central Manager, commented, “These tournaments are always well received by the young people who take part and we are happy to help support. It’s great to see young people from different schools come together and mix with people they wouldn’t usually have the chance to meet. Tournaments such as this also provide the young people with a chance to take part in a competitive setting and give them something to train for.”