Islington edge Camden in Kay Trophy thriller

Islington District Primary School Team just edged Camden to reach the final of the Kay Trophy.

Islington District Primary School Team just edged Camden to reach the final of the Kay Trophy. - Credit: Archant

Islington and Camden’s two District Primary School teams played out a pulsating semi-final in the Kay Trophy at Chase Lodge – with Islington just getting through on penalties.

Both teams went into the game off the back of some decent results and there were early opportunities for both teams.

Jack Vargas couldn’t quite connect with a cross for Islington whilst Camden were only denied by a goal-line clearance from Archie Linden at the other end.

Islington took the lead after 11 minutes with captain Jonnie Gurie scoring directly from an excellent free-kick.

They had the upper hand for the remainder of the first half but couldn’t add to the score and Camden started the second period the stronger.

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They deservedly got a goal back seven minutes into the half with an excellent turn and shot from outside the box and then took the lead eight minutes later.

Gurie equalised for Islington within a couple of minutes and despite chances at either end, it finished 2-2 after extra-time.

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Islington keeper Ossi Valtanen was the hero, making the save that puts Islington through to the final.

“It was an excellently played match from both sides,” said football development manager Michael MacNeill.

“Both sides had periods where they dominated the game and created good chances and there was very little between the teams. Both have players of high-quality and had moments where they displayed good footballing ability and a great attitude.

“This is really encouraging for next season’s joint Islington & Camden Year 7 team.”

Islington: Valtanen (Marshall), Linden, Piper-Burt, Jos.Gurie, Mgbada, Vargas (Gordon), Jon.Gurie, Willhoft-King, Brennan (Walker)

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