14th March 2018
Writing: Henry King (Year 12)
Editing: George Corby (Year 12)
On the afternoon of the 14th March, the 1st XI football squad - made up of mostly Year 13s and a handful of Year 12 students - travelled to Arbour Park, the home of Slough Town FC, to take part in the U18 Bucks Cup Final.
Going into the game we knew it would be tough due to the quality of opposition, Aylesbury Grammar School (AGS). The DCGS cup run had been phenomenal, coming out of the group stages with three wins and one loss. The highlight of the run had been a penalty win over John Hampden Grammar School in the quarter finals - having been losing 1-0, 2-1 and 4-3 in the game, only to score with the very last play of the game, sending it to penalties.
The final started at a very fast pace with AGS controlling the ball comfortably and confidently. At the break, the score was AGS 1-0 DCGS with some heroic defending from Jack Simpson, Matt Jones and Max Glennie in particular.
The second half was going to be equally as tough and unfortunately, the boys fatigued. The entire squad put in an excellent display and contested hard throughout the match but there were few chances for the Challoner’s boys, who could have been given a penalty at 1-0 down that could have changed the game.
The final score was 3-0 to AGS, however, the boys should be proud of an excellent season.
Stand-out performers were Jack Simpson, Henry Moore, Matt Jones and Max Glennie. Our captain, Adam Riley, has been brilliant all season. Many thanks to Mr Deadman and Mr Sharpe who have coached the boys throughout the year and we wish the best of luck to the Year 13s with their future footballing careers.