All reports by Mr Morton, unless otherwise stated.
Gordonstoun completed their Independent Schools Football fixtures with a 2-2 draw at home with Queen Victoria School, Dunblane. Two goals, one from Osama Al J and a penalty from Valentyn T, should have seen a Gordonstoun win but the opposition never gave up and managed to ensure the game finished honours even.
Gordonstoun made the long trip to Strathallan on Saturday to play their group match in the independent schools cup competition. Despite the long journey the visitors began at a high tempo and quickly established a two goal lead courtesy of Paul S and Declan H, both of whom calmly slotted home after good build up play. Strathallan then got a grip on the game and came more into it forcing a penalty which they duly converted. Half time arrived with no further score though the Strathallan crossbar was rattled by a free kick from Valentyn T just before the break.
Gordonstoun began the 2nd half brightly forcing a penalty of their own, sadly this went unconverted and shortly after Strathallan equalised which boosted their confidence. Taking control in all areas of the game Strathallan scored two goals in quick succession and despite another fantastic free kick that hit the bar Gordonstoun were unable to respond and Strathallan ran out 4-2 winners.
Gordonstoun played twice last week in the Central Schools' League running out impressive 6-2 winners against league leaders Speyside High. On Thursday they undertook the long journey to Dollar Academy, on a small and very bumpy pitch the team could not replicate their fantastic play of earlier in the week but managed to hold on for a 2-2 draw.
Gordonstoun played the away fixture in the Central Schools league against Lossiemouth High School. They were keen to avenge the defeat of the first match of the season and began the game really brightly, peppering the home goal with numerous shots. One lapse of concentration however saw Lossiemouth take the lead against the run of play. Gordonstoun refocused and continued to apply pressure winning tackles and headers in midfield and setting up further goal-scoring opportunities which Paul S eventually converted. He went on to score a superb hat-trick all with his left foot to eventually give the win to Gordonstoun 3-1. A well-deserved victory in the end
The Gordonstoun 1st XI travelled to Albyn School in Aberdeen to complete another SISFA group match in this stage of the competition. Confidence was high going into the game and the visitors began well pushing the opposition back and creating a number of good chances to go ahead. The goal finally came and Gordonstoun went one up, they then stopped playing and allowed the opposition back into the game and to dominate, conceding two goals in quick succession. Half time came and the Gordonstoun boys soon levelled the game but conceded a soft free kick on the edge of the box late in the second half from which Albyn scored the winner with a superbly curled shot into the top corner.
Many thanks to all of the boys who participated today in the inter-House football, their enthusiasm and effort on behalf of the House speaks volumes about the pride they all exhibit in their homes. Many, many thanks also to the highly experienced (read - old), referee on pitch one Mr Devey, without whom this afternoon would not have taken place. The level of support was also excellent and good natured throughout.
In a tournament that was characterised by endeavour and effort triumphing over finesse and panache all of the boys gave their best for the Houses, more passing and less booting, more possession than tackling would have improved the quality of the play throughout.
The results were:
1st - Cumming House with two wins and a draw to secure the title of junior inter-House football champions.
2nd - Round Square with two wins and loss
3rd - Bruce with one win, one draw and one loss
4th - Duffus displaying some defensive frailties failed to secure a win, tremendous effort in each match however
The 1st XI football team have begun a run of 6 matches in 14 days.
Last Thursday the team was involved in an 11 goal thriller away at Elgin Academy. Finding themselves 5-1 down at half time despite numerous chances to score themselves, the team played some excellent football to reduce the deficit to 5-3 before conceding a 6th goal. Despite this setback they players found two more goals to bring the score to 6-5 but were unlucky not to find the equaliser that they perhaps deserved – a great team performance.
On Friday the team travelled to Alford Academy in the North Schools' Cup. Despite the long coach journey Gordonstoun started the stronger and deservedly took an early lead which they were unlucky not to capitalise on during the first half hitting both posts and the crossbar. Alford came out at the start of the 2nd half searching for the equaliser which they duly found, a soft goal putting them in the driving seat and, as Gordonstoun pushed forward to find an equaliser, a very well taken free kick gave the home side a 3-1 lead which Gordonstoun could not claw back.
On Sunday the Gordonstoun team began the long journey to St Andrew’s before the rest of the school was out of bed. This was the first match in the Independent Schools Cup Competition against St Leonards. On a gloriously sunny day it was a real privilege to play at the St Andrew’s University sports ground which has recently enjoyed a £37m upgrade. The players, suitably impressed with the facilities, were determined to make a good show on the pitch too.
Dominating throughout Gordonstoun took control of the game and launched attack after attack seeking to open the scoring and, on his debut for the 1st XI, Titus J duly scored a cool finish low in the corner. Gordonstoun continued to apply pressure and this was rewarded with a series of corners one of which was impressively converted with a towering header from Aasim AJ. St Leonards never gave up and found a goal at the start of the second half. Gordonstoun kept pushing forward and Alex B went close before Tommy C scored his first goal for the school with a sublime 35 yard free kick curled nicely into the top corner. A 3-1 victory and visit to McDonald’s helped put smiles on the faces of the team.
On Tuesday the team travelled to Aberdeen to play in The Scottish Schools Senior Shield competition against Aberdeen Grammar School. The weary team began brightly, pushing forward and defending with tenacity, but the strong Aberdeen Grammar team soon found their stride and scored to take the lead. Undaunted the Gordonstoun players sought an equaliser which duly came following some excellent team play throughout, finished off by the Captain Valentyn T. The game was evenly poised with the Gordonstoun team seeking the lead but a goal just on the stroke of half time for the home team gave them a boost. As the second half began Aberdeen Grammar pushed for a further goal and, in spite of stout defence, they found the goal three more times to win 5-1 at the end of the match. Most pleasingly the Gordonstoun team never gave up and came close to scoring numerous times as the match drew to its conclusion.
Gordonstoun entertained Speyside High School in the Central School' League competition. They began the game strongly creating lots of chances to score but some fine goalkeeping and poor shooting meant the scores remained level until well into the first half, however the home side opened the scoring with a well worked team goal finished off by Declan H through the goalkeepers legs. Continued Gordonstoun pressure led to a penalty for the home side which Captain Valentyn T neatly tucked away. Speyside never gave up and lapse of concentration in the Gordonstoun midfield allowed a through ball to be slotted away just before half time. Speyside resumed the fight pushing forward and forced a penalty of their own which was duly dispatched. Gordonstoun now fighting for a draw continued to seek a third goal to seal the win but in doing so left themselves exposed at the back and Speyside found the net for the 3rd time winning the game 3-2.
On Saturday Gordonstoun travelled to Fochabers to play Milne’s High School in their second league fixture. Keen to make amends for the defeat on Thursday Gordonstoun started positively pressing the home defence back, before long the scoring was opened up by Paul S scoring one of his four goals of the day, birthday boy Declan H added another before the game was secured with a great team goal finished off by Louie O’B. Milne’s never gave up however and punished the Gordonstoun defence for a lack of concentration twice – final score 6-2.
The Gordonstoun football team kicked-off their season with a home match against local rival Lossiemouth High. Confidence was high, though tempered with the knowledge that the team had not trained together as a team, both sides began the game positively looking to put the opposition defence under pressure, both goalkeepers made good early saves to keep the scores even but it was the visitors who gained the early advantage ceasing on a loose ball in midfield to play in the centre forward who calmly slotted home, two further goals for Lossie either side of half time saw them in control. Gordonstoun redoubled their efforts and were rewarded with two quick goals from Captain Valentyn T, and on debut, Lasse K and to get them back in the game. In pushing forward to chase the game the home team were again caught out at the back conceding the fourth goal. Lossiemouth comfortably then held on to record a 4-2 victory.