26 Oct 2015
Lisbon Day 3

U13 Match Report - Henry Hobbis

After our first victory we were feeling really confident going into this game. Despite the weather and pitch were not on our side we still managed to play well as a team. In the first half Joe Hamley played a lovely through ball to Sam Miller who then ran onto it and took it well. First half ended 1-0 to us, overall we were the better side and controlled the game. Going into the second half we were going in with confidence. During the second half they equalised from an undeserved own goal. Later on the game, Alex Back scored the winning goal, the match ended 2-1 to Forest school.

U15 Match Report - Ted Dixon

The match kicked off late on the main pitch at Club de Benfica. Pouring down with rain the game started with the home side looking more comfortable. Forest was a bigger, quicker and more physical side but we wanted to play nice passing football. Then 10 minutes in Forest started to play slicker football and scored a nice counter attacking goal by Ryley which was sadly disallowed. However soon after Forest scored a brilliant goal when George Shealy scored a half volley banger from outside the box. It's was followed up by another great goal from a short corner from Ryley to Martin who left foot curled it top corner. Half time 2-0, a decent half but still improvements could be made. In the second half we wanted to maintain possession in midfield and the attacking third better. Alex Bibbs scored a follow up shot and placed it in the corner making it 3-0. We then played even better passing football and in a 15 pass move Miles bagged the 4th of the match. The last goal of the match was scored by Max Hearne where we passed out way through the whole pitch right from the back four. The match finished 5-0 to Forest with the second half showing what can happen when you play slick passing football.

Benfica v Sporting Lisbon - By Henry Sewell

On the third night of the tour we were lucky to go to a Benfica match. And that game was the Benfica derby against Sporting Lisbon, who have produced great players like Nani and Ronaldo. We arrived at the game early and the atmosphere was electric. We sat directly behind the goal and had a perfect view of the pitch. At the other end of the ground were the sporting fans with colossal flags to show their dedication to Lisbon. The score at half time was 3-0 to Lisbon but the Benfica crowd were still cheering a real never say die attitude. A highlight of the half was Sikiru eating a sausage in a strange was and Henry Douglas lost his wallet that wasn't very far away actually. The game ended 3-0 but the Benfica fans did not stop cheering for the whole match. The game was an amazing experience and one pf the beat atmospheres we have ever experienced.