De La Salle welcomed St Augustine’s in a fiercely competitive cup match. DLS were rewarded for a bright start when James Williams’ brilliant solo run forced an own goal from a defender. St Augustine’s responded well with their pressing and didn’t allow DLS to maintain possession for long periods, as the pressure grew the equaliser arrived when the striker wasn’t closed down on the edge of the box and his shot squirmed its way into the goal. DLS soon found themselves 2-1 down after a long ball wasn’t dealt with, taking nothing away from a brilliant lobbed finish.
After half time, DLS began to dominate as they threw caution to the wind, with substitutes Sonney Quinton-Dwyer and Callum Williams providing some much needed composure on the ball which settled the rest of the team. After missing a host of chances, St Augustine’s missed a crucial chance with minutes remaining, racing clear, the striker rounded the goalkeeper but put his shot over with the goal at his mercy. Taylor Andertons relentless running down the right-hand side caused huge problems for the opposition and it was from this that DLS won the all-important corner with 2 minutes to go. Charlie Dyer’s dipping ball deep into the six yard box was met by Adam Lindsay-Yule who crashed it into the net for 2-2 right at the death.
Penalties followed with 5 volunteers stepping forward. St Augustine’s hit the bar with their second penalty to leave DLS in control, their goalkeeper was left with no chance as DLS repeatedly found all the corners of the goal.
The boys showed great character to come back in the second half, against a tough opposition. The match was played with a very competitive edge, but both sides represented their schools well and should be proud of their efforts.