Gomez treble seals inner London trophy for St Aloysius College
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Sang Pierre Gomez grabbed a hat-trick as St Aloysius’ College Under-15s survived a scare to win the Bliss Trophy, beating Kingsdale School 6-4 after extra time.
The St Aloysius’ boys appeared to be cruising to victory after Gomez netted twice and Dren Paloi also scored to put them 3-0 up with just five minutes left.
However, they were stunned when their Dulwich opponents pulled back what looked like a consolation goal, quickly added a second and then – despite having a man sent off – took advantage of some slack defending to score a last-gasp equaliser from a corner.
As the teams entered extra time, Kingsdale had the momentum and their 10 men soon scored a fourth goal to complete a remarkable turnaround.
But St Aloysius’ regained their composure and Jendrick Loschner’s well-taken goal levelled the scores again before captain Emmanuel Yeboah made it 5-4.
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And Gomez completed his treble to round off the scoring in a hard-fought final and secure the trophy for the north London side.
St Aloysius’ coach Jamie Stewart said: “They’re a tight-knit group of lads who have worked hard to achieve this success. They’re looking forward to playing in the Gazette Schools’ Cup final at the Emirates later this month.”
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St Aloysius’ Under-15 basketball team are also celebrating after claiming a place at the England Schools National Conference finals for the first time.
The team triumphed in their two zonal play-off matches, defeating Ravenswood School from Chislehurst 58-36 and then edging out Croydon’s Archbishop La Franc, 44-38.
The St Aloysius’ youngsters now head to the Nottingham Wildcats Arena for the finals on Saturday May 17.