The Schools Competition 2016 for Year 3 & 4 was held at Market Road from 19th to 20th October. The event was run by the Islington Football Development Partnership (GLL, Islington Council Leisure Team and Arsenal in The Community) alongside Islington’s School Sports and PE Service. There were 240 young people divided into 22 teams who participated in the football tournament.

Schools played 7v7 in 5 groups, the five group winners and three runners-up went through to the quarter-finals. Ashmount needed extra-time to edge out Newington Green in their quarter-final before beating Christ the King, 2-0 in their semi-final. This was also the same semi-final score for St Joan of Arc in their semi-final win over Gillespie.

The final was close with high quality football being played by both teams and was decided through two penalties. Ashmount had the chance to take the lead in the first half but had their spot-kick saved by the St Joan of Arc keeper and when St Joan were presented with their own penalty in the second half, were able to convert it, to win the game 1-0. 

“The quality of the football played by some of the Year 3 & 4 pupils was really excellent at times and it was great to see so many young lads playing and enjoying the game,” commented Michael MacNeill, Football Development Manager.