The SAC’s junior footballers inflicted a double defeat on the visitors from the British School last Saturday in a splendid afternoon of good-spirited sporting competition.
The U-11s took sweet revenge for the drubbing they received from the school last year, winning 6-2. As play got underway under the auspices of referee Philippe Colet, he brandishing a brand new chirpy yet shiny whistle, the eight SAC boys, watched by coach Eric Lelong and a strong bench of substitutes, battled hard to assert themselves in the first 10 minutes. Successive British School attacks were repulsed with the help of the solid defence of Aurélien Loyer and Augustin Thieullent.
Slowly but surely, SAC started to dominate. After three blistering forward moves, it was Alexander Lecomte who scored the first of his hat-trick of goals, with a fierce shot off the post to set the U-11s on their way. Augustin hit the back of the net shortly afterwards as did Jules Moreau. The British School fought back with two goals themselves, but Liam Mandy put the result beyond any doubt with a goal in the dying seconds of the game. An excellent match in which SAC’s young lads showed more of their full promise.
The U-11 squad: Adrien Marois, Alexander Lecomte, Arthur Wallich-Petit, Augustin Thieullent, Aurelien Loyer, Jules Maurey, Jules Moreau, Liam Mandy, Gaspar Paquier, Maxime Paquier, Mischa Petroff.
SAC’s older boys knew they had a tough contest on their hands after a narrow 1-0 victory in the autumn against the British School. So it proved despite the final 6-3 score.
The match started in scrappy fashion as both teams tried to find some rhythm. SAC was first to start stringing together good passes in midfield backed by an impenetrable defence, led by Alexander Curtin, Alexander Marois, Thomas Colet and Logan Mandy. Luc Wisman was barely troubled in goal. It was Samuel Mangasarian, continuing an impressive goal-scoring streak, who finally found his way through the crowded British School defence to score the first of his four goals. With the score 1-0 at half-time, a jaw-dropping chipped strike from Luc — replaced in goal by Rhys Parkin - and another goal from Samuel, after the British School had nabbed one back, then put SAC 3-1 ahead.
Victory looked assured with Eliot Strouts surging from midfield and Victor Moreau coming close to scoring. But with final whistle only minutes away, SAC’s well-organised play deserted them. Defensive mistakes gifted the British School two quick goals, leaving the score 3-3 at full time. By now, both teams were determined to prove a point so the match went into extra time. SAC regained their composure with Tristan De L’Hermite and Samuel together thumping in three goals to snuff out the British School’s spirited comeback.
The U-13 squad: Alexander Curtin, Alexandre Marois, Eliot Strouts, Luc Wisman, Samuel Mangasarian, Rhys Parkin, Thomas Colet, Tristan De L’Hermite, Victor Moreau
Ed Lecomte, Matthew Curtin