The Independent London Newspaper
22nd October 2018

Islington District boys football team reach trophy semi-finals

    Islington District FC

    Published: 12 January, 2016
    by STEVE BARNETT

    THERE were cheers aplenty at St Aloysius playing fields on Saturday as the Islington District football team booked their place in the semi-finals of the Kay Trophy with a 4-0 victory over Tower Hamlets. 

    Knowing that a win would ensure a place in the final four, Islington started brightly and found the back of the net after only three minutes when Alfie Gordon’s low corner was flicked-on cleverly at the near post by Tyreese Piper-Burt and was deflected in off Stephane Mgbada. 

    The hosts doubled their advantage just before the break when Gordon converted a loose ball in the six-yard box. 

    It wasn’t until the final minutes of the game that Islington finally put the tie to bed when Mgbada scored his second of the game from close range. 

    And there was still time for the team to add a fourth, which was supplied via a confident individual effort from Freddie Brennan, who fired the ball home from the edge of the box. 

    Having seen his team lose their final Kay Trophy fixture of 2016 against Wandsworth, manager Michael MacNeill was delighted with the performance of his Under-11s side in their first outing of 2017. 

    “It was a dominant second- half display from the lads, who kept going and didn’t get frustrated with the fact that they couldn’t find that deciding third goal to kill off the tie,” he said. “They kept plugging away. 

    “The first half was our patchiest performance so far this season but we had enough to get the result. We have a semi-final to look forward to now but that probably won’t be until after half-term so for now we focus on our Lester Finch Trophy campaign, which starts at the end of the month.” 

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