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Crumbs of comfort after Crisp cup exit

Coach praises primary schools district aces, but finishing needs work!

31 January, 2019 — By Steve Barnett

Islington’s Primary Schools District football team went out of the Crisp Shield after losing to Sutton

MANAGER Michael MacNeill vowed to work on helping his squad find the back of the net after Islington’s Primary Schools District football team were knocked out of the Crisp Shield on Saturday.

The borough’s stars came up against a strong Sutton side at St Aloysius Playing Fields in Highgate, one that had lost only two of their previous 13 games. And true to form the south Londoners were the ones celebrating at the final whistle as they ran out 4-1 victors.

Islington will now be looking to fine tune their finishing ahead of their home game against rivals Redbridge in the Lester Finch Trophy this ­Saturday.

“Sutton are a decent side. We actually played some good football throughout the game, however the difference was in the final third,” said MacNeill, a football development manager with the Islington Football Development Partnership, a joint project run between Islington Council, Arsenal in The Community and GLL.

“They were sharper and more precise with their final ball which gave them more goal-scoring opportunities.

“We probably got into as many good positions as they did, but then, when we did, we couldn’t find the right movement and passing to create as many chances. However, we can work on that in training.”

On Saturday, Sutton took the lead in fortuitous fashion when a deep cross was overhit and drifted into the far side of the goal, giving keeper Bobby Burrows no chance.

With both sides failing to add the final touch to a series of goalmouth scrambles the strike was all that separated the two sides at the break.

The second half ­continued in a similar fashion as the first, with Islington getting into some promising positions but not finding an end product, while Burrows was also called into action to make several good saves.

Sutton went on to score two quick-fire goals in the final 10 ­minutes to put the result beyond doubt. Morgan Mbaku gave the Islington supporters something to cheer when he pulled a goal back with a superb left-footed volley into the top corner.

But on this occasion the game belonged to Sutton, who found the back of the net once more before the final whistle to wrap up a 4-1 victory.


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