The Year 7 football team made a tremendous start to their secondary school football careers with a comprehensive 3-0 win over local rivals Winton. Mitchell Healy received the ‘star performance’ award, as he continually tormented the Winton defence finishing with three well executed goals in his school debut. It was a blustery Wednesday evening as the players took to the field for their first ever game as Harrow Way Eagles. With home advantage, expectations were high and the squad of 13 chosen from the previous week’s trials, looked well organised as they conducted their pre-match warm up led by captain, Joe McQueen.

The eagles started positively and Swaisland looked dangerous every time he received the ball. It was one way traffic as the eagles launched attack after attack, forcing their opponents to defend desperately. It was no surprise when Healy ‘smashed’ the ball home midway through the first half, giving the goalkeeper no chance. However, despite dominating possession Harrow Way were unable to add to their lead before half-time.

The question now was whether 1-0 would be enough, with Winton now having the advantage of the wind in the second half? Only a great save by substitute goalkeeper Taylor kept Winton from equalising, when he somehow managed to tip a ferocious drive over the bar. Fears were eased minutes later when Swaisland cut in from the left, beating two defenders before squaring for Healy to slam home number two. The eagles were flying! With McQueen ruling the midfield and the promising McGuire and Parkinson pushing forward whenever they had the chance, the game looked in safe keeping. Reed looked far more comfortable in his defensive role and with Tanner added to the attack, Winton were crumbling. To their credit they worked hard and frustrated the eagles with many a last block or tackle.

Despite their efforts, there was nothing they could do about the third goal as, once again, after some slick interplay between the forward players, Healy floated the ball into the top corner past the advancing keeper. Harrow Way 3 Winton 0. With Fielder dominating in defence there was no way back now for Winton and they seemed relieved when the referee blew for full-time. The eagles were elated with their thoroughly deserved victory and hopefully more success will follow.  

Congratulations to the full squad, a very promising start. Keep it up boys!