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OSFC Cup Final heartbreak

Cup Final Heartbreak

OSFC 1sts lost by a single goal to higher league Chobham in a keenly fought final in early May. Having battled through and beaten two teams from the Premier League, once again Salesians performed admirably.

osfcfinal 2017

In a game of few chances an unfortunate rochet midway through the second half settled the contest and conclude the season on a down having been unbeaten throughout 2017.

Both teams are keen to attract new players so, if you are returning to the area after University or working locally, please do contact us via this website or or <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.;

From Wednesday 31st May there will be summer football at the school fields (on the brand new 3G) from 7.15.  

End of Year Tour-May 2017

A party of over 20 Old Salesians headed to beautiful San Sebastian to once again bring their own unique brand of football to Europe. Despite Brexit we were warmly welcomed and enjoyed excellent Basque hospitality.

In this the 26th year of touring, the quality of the hotels and tour polos continues to improve in inverse proportion to the football! This despite Arsene Wenger's advice of minimal alcohol and not too many carbs being followed to the full.

Tour2017

 The squad assembles for the vital away leg in San Sebastian.

Vintage Footage

Courtesy of Old Boy, John Milner, we have obtained rare footage of Old Salesians in their glorious trophy winning years!

This features highlights (on the youtube link below) of the ultimately unsuccessful cup final of 1989. The blow of losing the cup final was softened marginally by picking up the trophy for winning the league!

Look closely for familiar faces, some of whom are still gracing assorted football pitches today.

https://youtu.be/zUa-QV5O8to

 

Old Salesians Vets

The follow up fixture to last season's 2-2 draw (see below) took place a week or two ago and resulted in a hugely convincing 6-0 victory over Bourne Blades. A full report, courtesy of Steve Doyle.

Old (Ancient) Salesians 6 (six) Bourne Blades 0

This really was rolling back the years - Most of the team have now been playing together for 40 years and it's beginning to gel!!!

 

Possession football and incisive passing were the secrets as the Salesians opened up the Blades defence and with Dom Macey McLeod's fourth 1:1 with the Blades keeper we took the lead. In fairness to Dom, their keeper had a blinder also making great saves from Chat and Dave Rodrigues.

Just when we were beginning to coast, Jim O'Boyle decided to play in their centre forward. Fortunately, his attempted lob/ shot was tipped over the bar - the only save from the Sales' goalkeeper all day.

After the shock of a Blades attack, Sales quickly got back into their rhythm and the Leech brothers decided to play a little game of their own, passing between themselves until eventually John put Jim in and he coolly beat the keeper.

As half time approached, a moment of Salesian history occurred. Paul Cowdery took a short corner to Mark Louch. From the corner of the box, he swung his left foot at the ball which sailed to the far post beating everyone, including the keeper and dropping in off the post. A collectors' item!

The second half looked like it might be much harder as we turned round to play into the gale. But with Dave Storey dominant in the air and Chris (they shall not pass - ball or man) Davis at right back, all was calm at the back.

Half time had also introduced some fresh attacking legs. Dan Leech became the next generation of the Leechs to play for the Old Boys and within two minutes had laid on a goal for Kieran Doherty. Kieran proved to be a revelation as centre forward scoring his second mid way through the half after some good work from Matt Wilson left Kieran with tap in.

His third was the last and possibly best move of the game. It started from the back, with Paul Cowdery calmly heading a back pass to Steve Doyle in goal, the ball was quickly moved on to Mark Louch at left back who attacked down the wing. He exchanged passes with Kieran and delivered a cross from the by-line. Kieran still had plenty to do, but headed superbly over the keeper and into far corner.

So the game came to a glorious ending and the fat lady sang - rolling back the years!

 

 

 

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