St Peter’s cruelly denied Catholic Cup success

The St Peters team line up at the Catholic Cup
The St Peters team line up at the Catholic Cup

St Peter’s RC Primary School competed in the prestigious Catholic Primary Schools Cup football tournament at the Bridlington CYP Sports Centre.

It was the 22nd tournament for the Diocese of Middlesbrough, and included 37 schools from Hull, Middlesbrough, York, Richmond, Scarborough, Redcar, Ampleforth, Beverley and many others.

Three teams from St Peter’s took part in the tournament from years five and six, including two boys teams and one girls team.

The boys’ team reached the semi-final stages in Hull last year and were keen to progress further this year, with confidence gained from reaching the final of last week’s World Cup tournament hosted by Mark Barber Soccer School.

The A team included Toby Beard and Billy Kelly in defence, Ryder Greening, Alex Shehi and Ben Broadbent on the wing, striker Elliot Thompson and Seb Holloway in goal.

St Peter’s played St Bede’s Marske in the opening match and fought hard to secure a 1-1 draw in the second half with a superb goal by Broadbent.

In their next group game, St Peter’s faced St Benedict’s Redcar and found their momentum early in the first half with a long-range strike by Kelly to equalise.

Soon after, Thompson scored two goals in quick succession to give the Saints a comfortable lead at half-time, and ensuring a 3-2 win despite a late goal by the opposition.

They then faced St Charles Hull in their third group game and well-worked goals from Thompson and a hat-trick by Greening helped the team to dominate the game in a 4-0 win.

Several players then made their mark in the final group game with an array of talented goals being scored by Beard, Thompson and four goals to Greening in a 7-1 victory.

In the knockout stages, the team faced St Margaret Clitherow South Bank in the round of 16, where the opposition struck early in the game and were leading 2-0 with two minutes until the final whistle.

St Peter’s then staged an almighty comeback with three spectacular quickfire goals to take them through to the quarter-finals with a 3-2 win.

Energised by the last game, St Peters lined up for the second time against St Benedicts Redcar in the quarter-finals and a secured a confident 3-1 win and a bye through to the final on goal difference with goals from Shehi, Greening and Thompson.

St Peter’s faced the challenging St George’s York in what was the final football match to be played by the year six players for the school.

Both teams had a fairly even share of possession, with Holloway making some crucial goalkeeping saves to keep St Peter’s in the game.

Although St Peter’s created several chances in the second half, an unlucky goal via a deflection in the last seconds denied them the victory.