District footballers warm up for the cup
04 April, 2019 — By Steve Barnett
Imran Kamara drives Islington forward during his side’s 3-3 with Redbridge in the Lester Finch Trophy
THE Islington Primary Schools District football team warmed up for their next match against rivals Camden in thrilling fashion as they played out an entertaining 3-3 draw with Redbridge, writes Steve Barnett.
Despite knowing that they couldn’t qualify for the knockout stages of the Lester Finch Trophy, the Under-11s side were determined to put in a good performance in their final group game, which was held at St Aloysius playing fields in Highgate.
Islington battled back from a goal down to take a 3-1 lead thanks to some clinical finishing. Said Mariche volleyed home Louis Moncrieffe’s excellent corner to make it 1-1, before Moncrieffe completed the comeback in sensational style, finding the back of the net with an outstanding right-footed half-volley from all of 35 yards.
Mariche extended the home side’s lead when he drove down the left before cutting onto his right foot and scoring with a shot into the far corner.
Redbridge rallied to score two late goals in as many minutes to earn a share of the spoils. “On the whole we played some really good football and scored some very good goals”, said Islington manager Michael MacNeill.
“It was a very good performance, and gives us encouragement before we go into our semi-final after Easter.”
Islington’s game against Camden in the semi-final of the Kay Trophy will be played on Saturday, April 27.