1st Form travelled to Bromley in Round 4 of the National Cup against Ravens’ Wood School. This was set to be a tough match for St. John’s, with Ravens’ Wood having won their previous fixtures convincingly, and the absence of Mwita Mgoyo, who was forced to sit out with a knee injury dealt us an early blow.
Mwita has been a huge player for us and we wish him a speedy recovery, but this gave the other players a chance to step up and show us what they are made of; they did not disappoint.
Despite the prospect of a tough encounter, we had a different script in mind and found ourselves 4 goals up after a frantic 15 minutes. On such a big pitch and a flat surface, our players looked in the mood to get the ball down and play and our first goal saw a sharp passing move result in Sean Kanu slotting the ball past the keeper.
The second goal, and by far the goal of the day, was scored by Georgios Christoforou. At a tight angle Georgios controlled the ball and sent a composed finish past a hapless keeper and into the top corner of the net.
Sean's second goal came from another impressive passing move. Finding himself one on one with the keeper, he jinked the ball around him and slotted into an empty net. Sean marked his hat trick and our 4th goal when a slide rule pass through midfield found Sean who sent a smart finish past the keeper. The first-half action did not stop there and Sean added another goal just before half-time.
Sean’s fifth and final goal came in the second-half when he pounced on a poor goal kick to cap off another scintillating performance for St. John’s. Ravens Wood are a solid team, but they simply could not live with the clinical finishing of Sean Kanu and Georgios Christoforou.
Not only were our attackers impressive, but our back-four, Zach Chauhan, Takumi Satoh, Ilyas Khodabux and Matthew Muwambi, who stepped in for the injured Mwita, were all superb and worked hard to keep a clean sheet.
When a team dominates in attack, it can be difficult for the defence to remain switched on and alive to any danger, but every one of our players put in a shift today, playing with passion and a strong willingness to win, and this showed in the result. An amazing performance and we are very proud of them.
So it is on to Round 5 and we are officially in the top 64 in the county. A huge achievement for our school and we do not plan to stop there!