Peponi Sixes Football Tournament

Under 9 Boys
The U9 boys headed to Peponi last Friday hoping to get out of the group stages for the first time this year in any sport.  Having failed to win a single match in the corresponding tournament last year, their target was to try and win at least one pool match, but finding themselves in a group with reigning champions Peponi, plus Hillcrest and Kenton made this rather a daunting challenge.  The task looked even harder once they fell behind to Kenton in their opening match.  However, Jonathan scored an excellent equaliser which instilled some belief in the boys.  Jonathan then added two further goals to complete a fantastic hat-trick, either side of a goal from Jovani, and a late second goal from Kenton was a mere consolation.  Final score 4-2 to Turi, and first objective achieved.
The second pool match against an excellent Peponi side, who eventually finished runners-up, resulted in a convincing win for the home side, meaning that to have any chance of getting out of the group, the U9s would have to beat Hillcrest.  This they did with ease, with Jonathan and Jovani bagging a goal each, meaning that the boys went through to the semi-finals as group runners-up.  Second objective achieved.  However, in the semi they came up against a Braeburn side who were in a different league altogether – they went on to thrash Peponi 5-1 in the final – but the Turi U9s still played well in a heavy defeat, and never let their heads drop.
Mr Clarke would like to praise all the boys for their excellent performances and attitude on the day, and for getting through to the semi-finals of a national event for the first time this year.  Well done to Kwesi and Walter who alternated in goal, Callum, Matayo and Josh in defence, and Jovani, Jonathan, Hugh and Jack up front.  Star player for his four goals and excellent all-round performance was Jonathan.  Well done boys!
Under 11 Boys
Our team was in high spirits and were very positive about the tournament. The boys were placed in group B with Hillcrest, Braeburn and Banda. We begun our campaign against Banda beating them 5-0, Jesse was the man of the match demonstrating superb defence on Banda’s top striker. Jamie scored one goal with Denzel netting in four goals and completely putting off any chance of Banda coming back.
We then played a tough game with Braeburn that ended with a 2-2 tie, we slacked a bit in the wing and midfield defence as well squandered several opportunities on goal. Man of the match was Jamie who scored 2 goals. Although we played a tough team the boys held it together in defence, with our keeper Pierre making great saves.
Our last group stage match was with Hillcrest  that propelled us to the Semi-finals after winning 1-0. Man of the match was Shemen who held the defence very well and led the attacks that brought home the only goal of the match.
We emerged top group qualifiers moving straight into the Semi-finals to play Kenton the second runner-up of group A. This proved to be a tough match with Kenton making most of the attacks and scoring 2 goals in the first half. Our boys came back in the second half stronger capitalising on Kenton’s defensive mistake and equalised with 2 goals from Denzel and Sean to take us into the 3 running-up penalty shootouts. Our three takers were Denzel, Jamie and Shemen who all beat the keeper. Pierre was the man of the match with lots of great saves in the game and for giving us the one penalty save that stopped Kenton on their tracks and gave us a red carpet into the finals.
The finals proved to be a tough match and a must see game. Both teams exhibited great skills and kept the attack alive. Peponi was the first to score putting St. Andrew’s Turi in a tight spot between a rock and a hard place. We continued to squander opportunities in the first half but our boys kept fighting until we got a late goal in slowing us to go into a penalty shootout after play time had elapsed. The shootouts did not yield any fruits for us as most of the boys were already really exhausted. Peponi ended up winning the tournament with Turi taking the runners up position.Man of the match was Shemen who work extremely hard to keep the defence intact and the wings constantly attacking Peponi.
Under 13 Boys
The U13 boys played their first game against Kenton College. Turi put 5 goals past Kenton with a goal each from Louis and Laolu and a hatrick from Ryan. The game ended 5-0. The second game was against a stronger Brookhouse. Turi struggled to break down their defence. After conceding a goal, we came back at them stronger and Louis managed to score an equaliser. The game ended 1-1.
The third game saw us face Braeburn. We started strongly with John scoring a brilliant strike from distance which unsurprisingly was followed by an even better celebration. Shortly after this, we made the score 2-0 with Alvin Udoto scoring a fantastic free kick from distance. Braeburn couldn’t break through our defence and so the score ended 2-0 meaning we had come 1st in our Group and were through to the semi finals.
The semi final was against Peponi. This was our closest game of the tournament. Both Ryan and Louis managed to score but late on in the game Peponi got one of their own making it 2-1. The second half was end-to-end football with lots of chances being created however, our defence stayed strong and we won the game 2-1. We had made it into the final.
Hillcrest were the team we faced in the final. They proved to be a very tough team with an incredibly strong defence which made it hard for us get any chances on goal. Out of the few chances we made, it was only Ryan who managed to capitalise however it was too little too late. Hillcrest finished the tournament as champions but as runners up, all of the U13 Boys who took part should be extremely proud of their performances – they played excellent football throughout.
For demonstrating such a high level of captaincy, showing his determination throughout the tournament and for scoring an impressive 5 goals, Ryan has earned himself player of the tournament.