Year 10 Football
GDA 2 V 9 Aldridge Academy (away)
The Yr. 10's played their first football match against Aldridge school in the English School's football Cup competition. It was a cold and horrible day, as the rain flooded the pitch, and the wind took control of the ball. Our boys started off very well with some accurate passing and teamwork. The first half, GDA was leading 2-0, goals from Shadrak and Mendel, who scored a penalty. The second half began, it was totally different to the first half, their passing was not accurate, not challenging for the ball and no communication between players. Within minutes GDA was losing 4-2, their heads dropped even more, as the goals kept coming.
The whistle could not blow any sooner, the game finished 9-2.
Let's hope they learn from their mistakes.
Year 9 Football
GDA 3 V 5 Dame Elizabeth Academy (away)
An improved performance in which GDA narrowly lost 5-3 despite leading 2-1 and 3-2. Two late goals from Dame Elizabeth Cadbury Academy proved to be the difference.
Two GDA goals scored by Reuben and one from Mujahid.
Once again, the boy's represented the school and their families in an impeccable manor.
Year 9 Football
Yr9 GDA 2 V 12 Comers School (away)
Away fixture at Colmers School in round 1 of the ESFA Cup. A performance that demonstrated 100 percent effort from the first whistle to the last. Despite losing 12-2 Mohamad Abdullahi scored two high quality goals. The first a composed finish from outside the 18-yard box after a defensive error from Colmers. The second a great header from a Mujahid Noori corner.
Year 8 Football
Cardinal Wiseman 1 V 2 GDA (away)
On a warm and muggy Thursday evening, after sitting on a bus for almost an hour, the boys were raring to go for their first ever game for GDA.
We started well and dominated possession of the ball creating 2 or three half chances. We did become a little complacent and sometimes lost the ball, but credit to the boys, they very quickly won the ball back. The only thing we did not have to show for our dominance was a goal. Half time was 0-0.
At half time we discussed about getting the ball forward more quickly and getting more shots on the goalkeeper. Despite doing this, we found ourselves 1-0 after a fortunate moment for Wiseman. The defence tried to clear their lines but the ball only fell to a Wiseman player who tucked the ball away. 1-0 to Wiseman.
GDA went straight up the other end and within a couple of minutes were level after a thunderous strike from Ridwan Sankaya. 1-1.
From this moment on it was all GDA, we created 5 or 6 clear chances with us drawing the keeper into a few good saves. It looked as though it would not be our day despite our dominance, but in the last minute a ball was fed to the left hand side where Corti Lita struck the ball from just inside the box. The keeper did his best but could only parry it into the net. The boys went wild knowing that they were just seconds away now from victory!
The full time whistle blew and jubilation began! Well done to the boys that played - a real team effort!
Player of the match: Devante Clarke