Football (2016-2017)

London A52

The MPW football team is a strong one, having won the Spring Term CIFE cup twice in two years and making it to the final last season, narrowly missing out on a league win. Many students have played at their previous schools and MPW training is well attended so we hope that this year's team will continue the trend for success.

Fixtures, scores and match reports can be found below and will be updated as the academic year progresses.  

Tuesday 20 September 
MPW London P - P Lansdowne

To be rearranged

Tuesday 27 September
MPW London 4 - 4 Duff Miller

It was a clear night at Burlington Danes for a high-tempo start to the term. Duff Miller struck first but the introduction of Tooni on the right changed the game, and a darting run down the wing, pulled the ball back for Giacomo to hit first time for the equalizer. Serag then put MPW ahead with a fine diagonal run and top-corner strike. The second half started in similar fashion. Tooni nipped in to steal the ball from the Duff defence, and rounded the keeper to extend the MPW lead. However, Duff Miller did not give up, and two goals from set-pieces levelled the scores and set up a frantic finale. With three minutes to play, MPW looked to have won the game after excellent link-up play between Giacomo and Serag ended with Giacomo volleying home. However, with seconds left, a concentration lapse allowed Duff back in to score and take a deserved point.

Tuesday 4 October
MPW London 4 - 1 CIC

As high winds swirled around the Burlington pitches, MPW kept control and ran out comfortable winners against a disjointed CIC side. Early in the game, the blustery conditions made passing difficult for both teams, but MPW were quick to adapt, and the MPW midfield combined well to open up early chances which soon led to a goal. Moments later, Serag doubled the lead with a trademark left foot effort after a fine through ball from Rati. Serag then turned provider, teeing up Tomasso to score his first MPW goal and open up a three goal advantage. At this stage MPW were in full control, and CIC were being restricted to half chances, but the half did with a fine CIC strike which stand-in keeper Max could do nothing about. The second half began well for MPW, and the three goal lead was restored shortly after the restart. It was one-way traffic after that, and with the wind now in their faces, CIC did not look like scoring, until a late counter attack, which Rati thwarted with the final touch of the match.

Tuesday 11 October
MPW London 3 - 1 Ashbourne

Although the Ashbourne side started the game sharpest, MPW adapted well and our new defensive trio thwarted early Ashbourne attempts on goal. With ten minutes played, the game burst into life as Serag darted down the left and whipped in a cross which Siavash buried beyond the Ashbourne keeper. Unfortunately the MPW lead did not last, as a loose ball in the MPW goal mouth was struck well to level the scores. The equalizer did not dampen MPW spirits though, and the advantage was soon restored. Several other MPW chances came and went, and the Ashbourne keeper was beaten again on the stroke of half time as Francesco tucked the ball in. The second half was set up for an Ashbourne onslaught, and only strong defensive work from the back three, and some fine saves from our keeper denied them. Ashbourne were dominant in possession but could not find a way through. Counter attacking, MPW even had the chance to extend the lead, but the Ashbourne keeper was in good form in the second half.

Tuesday 18 October
MPW London 6 - 0 CATS College

MPW put in a solid team performance to run out comfortable winners as we enter the half term break. MPW started strongly and immediately imposed themselves on the game. Serag is flourishing in his new position of left back and it did not take long for him to open the scoring. CATS could have levelled seconds later, but their dubious penalty was struck against the crossbar. MPW kept their composure, and Serag then added another almost identical goal to extend the lead. Tomasso then added his name to the scoresheet. Soon after, Serag completed his hat-trick with another marauding run and shot.The second half was played out in very similar fashion to the first. To round off a successful evening, MPW kept their first clean sheet of the season, as Darius held on well to a well-struck long-range effort from CATS in the final moment of the match.

Tuesday 1st November
MPW London 7 - 0 Lansdowne College

An outstanding display gave MPW their biggest win of the season as they overwhelmed Lansdowne under the autumn leaves of Burlington. MPW began the game at a high tempo, and within three minutes had the lead which was soon doubled by Siavash. MPW continued to threaten the Lansdowne keeper, and the first half ended with a third goal. The second half began in similar ruthless fashion, and MPW piled on the pressure from the outset; the lead was extended soon as Siavash kept his composure to complete a fine hat-trick. At this stage Lansdowne were playing very deep and offering very little going forward, but our keeper still had work to do, and pulled off a fine save from point-blank range after a rare Lansdowne counter attack. At the other end, MPW kept up the pressure, and three more players added their names to the scoresheet to finish 7 goals up. 

Tuesday 8th November
MPW London 5 - 1 Duff Miller

MPW took all three points in a stunning comeback against Queen’s Gate neighbours Duff Miller. After some nervy opening exchanges, Duff Miller found their feet first and their rhythm first. MPW responded well though, and carved out two good efforts on goal, both the result of good build-up play from Rati. The equalizer soon came, as Max found himself in the final third and hit a bouncing shot which the Duffs keeper could not deal with. On the stroke of half time Darius made a superb save to stop a Duffs free kick destined for the top-corner. In search of an equalizer, Duff Miller began the second half by pushing forward with greater urgency but they were again thwarted by our goalkeeper. With ten minutes to play Nikita scored his second and doubled the lead with a well-taken goal. Duff Miller’s heads began to drop, and MPW continued to play the ball around the park with two further goals. The result saw MPW leapfrog Duff Miller at the top of the league.

Tuesday 15th November
CIC 0 - 10 MPW London

Ruthless MPW comprehensively defeated bottom of the table CIC on a wet night at Burlington. The game burst into life after five minutes though and MPW took the lead which was soon doubled as Nikita fired a volley beyond the outstretched CIC keeper. From then on, it was one-way traffic. With the MPW back three in good form, CIC were unable carve out any meaningful chances on goal. With the game beyond Chelsea's reach, MPW experimented with a change in formation for the second half, with a two man defence behind a midfield four. The switch paid off as five minutes in MPW made it seven-nil. CIC continued to search for a way back into the game but MPW’s accuracy in passing and dynamism in midfield really showed. With ten minutes left, MPW scored three more goals and took home a very comfortable victory.

Tuesday 22nd November
Ashbourne 0 - 2 MPW London

MPW took a big step towards regaining the league title after grinding out a hard-fought victory against a determined Ashbourne. MPW started with a new-look 2-4-1 formation. The packed midfield, coupled with Ashbourne’s narrow style, meant the game began as a frantic affair, with neither side able to forge any meaningful chances on goal. The second period began in similar tight fashion but Ashbourne, desperate to prove a point after a disappointing autumn, threw everything at MPW but could not find a way through. As the half wore on, space opened up, and really allowed the MPW midfield to click into gear. Good movement between MPW players started to cause the Ashbourne defence real problems. Pressure was building, and with ten minutes to play a fine MPW strike made it one-nil. An MPW player then sprinted out of defence, ghosted passed two defenders and buried the ball in the net to settle the game. Ashbourne continued to press but could not find a way through. The game ended 2-0 as MPW edge closer to the league title.

Tuesday 29th November
MPW London 4 - 1 CATS

An impressive performance saw MPW clinch the league title in an energetic contest on a cold night at Burlington. Neither team was able to find a foothold in the early stages of the match, as the crowded CATS  defence did not allow MPW much time on the ball. The game burst into life after ten minutes with a goal from MPW. CATS responded by upping the tempo and after a few attempts managed to find an equalizer. At half-time MPW switched to a 3-3-1 formation, and the tactic paid off shortly after the restart. Following good build-up, MPW won a freekick resulting in a goal and very quickly a second, making it 3-1. CATS continued to press and created further chances, but poor finishing cost them, and with five minutes remaining MPW scored again and secured the winter league with one game to spare.