Football match reports 2014-15
MPW’s football team is well-established and interest in the sport is extremely high at the college with many of the boys having played the game to a high standard at their previous schools. We also have many boys who take up the sport successfully for the first time at MPW and our success in the league is testament to their dedication to their training and teamwork.
MPW 11 - 0 CATS
8th January 2015
Bringing in the new year with a brace of goals!
The first half saw solid and steady play, with Captain Champion netting three goals in quick succession early on to secure the lead going into half-time. The second half saw MPW really shift up a gear, with eight goals scored, some within minutes of each other. Top play from a side that worked well together to remain league leaders.
MPW 0 - 4 CIC
15th January 2015
Chelsea College overcame MPW last night as the champions dropped points for the first time this academic year.
Very poor weather conditions for this game meant both sides struggled to find a foothold in the opening exchanges, but the conditions appeared to favour Chelsea’s physical style over the MPW’s fluid passing game.
MPW 4 - 0 Ealing College
22nd January 2015
Queen's Gate octet go easy on Ealing College's full squad in surprised billing!
MPW's squad had been hit hard by illness and injury following the 4-0 defeat at CIC, casting doubt as to whether MPW had the man-power to reinstate their confidence and form in a last minute scheduled friendly with the EC Eagles. With only 8 players passing fitness test, MPW took to the field knowing that substitution, or rest, was not an option...
Mention must be made of the Man of the Match, Darius O, who displayed a brave, epic and fearless 50 minutes in front of the MPW goal.
CATS 1 - 2 MPW
29th January 2015
MPW return to winning ways, but CATS run them close in hard-fought victory.
Employing the new 3-3-1 formation trialled in last week’s friendly win, MPW found their rhythm early on. The second half began at 0-1 with CATS playing higher up the field and MPW looking to build on their slender lead. An element of complacency at the back crept in, and an attempt to dribble the ball out of defence led to CATS equalising. Despite one or two scares in the final moments, MPW closed out the game to claim another three points.
MPW 3 - 1 Duff Miller
6th February 2015
New stars shine as MPW extend their winning streak with a convincing win over title contenders.
With a refreshed line-up facing the title contenders, Duff Miller, one would be forgiven to fear the worst. However, a fully focused team arrived at Burlington eager to try out new partnerships on the pitch. After a lengthy warm-up, the first half kicked off with gusto and finished with MPW 1 goal ahead. The second half saw 2 more impressive goals from the MPW side. DM were lucky to bag a consolatory goal in the dying seconds, but this did little to dampen what was a fantastic team effort by the exciting new signings.
Ashbourne 2 - 3 MPW
13 February 2015
Arthur R fired MPW to victory in a gripping contest with Ashbourne last night.
Prior to kick-off much hype surrounded Ashbourne’s acquisition of two Brazilian boy wonders, but MPW stuck to their regular game and soon raced into a two-goal lead. The MPW advantage was soon doubled, as the tenacious Arthur was on hand again to convert a corner. As the first half progressed, the well-drilled Ashbourne side settled into the game and there was little to separate the two teams. Ashbourne started the second period full of vim and soon levelled the scores, as their skipper turned in a cross at the far post. Despite losing their lead, MPW kept their cool, and as full-time drew closer, the game was tightly poised, but on balance MPW were crafting the better chances. They got their deserved third when Arthur tore down the pitch to pursue a loose ball, outpaced the defence before calmly slotting home. With the clock running down, Ashbourne threw bodies forward in search of an equalizer, but MPW held their concentration and their shape to make it three wins on the spin.
Duff Miller 0 - 5 MPW
26th February 2015
MPW carve open self-destructive Duffs
Having met Duff Miller in the league three weeks ago, rivalries and reputations were fresh amongst the two teams and it was a strong first half for both. After close analysis and a change of tactics, MPW opened the second half with bite, reminding DM why they are the reigning champions and the game ended with a well-deserved win by MPW, who dug in and won the mental and physical battle of the night. The unbeaten run against DM remains for another year and MPW stay top of the league for another week.
Lansdowne 2 - 1 MPW
5th March 2015
MPW taste defeat for only the second time this year against a well-organized and clinical Lansdowne outfit
With the squad depleted by injuries and illness, there were two recalls and a rejigged formation for this top of the table meeting. Reverting to the 2-4-1 format of last term, MPW began the game with confidence and soon eased into their passing game. On-form Lansdowne looked threatening too though and, against the run of play, were first to score. From the kick-off of the second half, a blistering MPW attack caught the Lansdowne defence napping and the MPW boys equalised. Defensive frailties again proved to be their downfall and Lansdowne were able to take the final lead. The result sees Lansdowne leapfrog MPW in the race for the title with the teams meeting again next week.
MPW 2 - Lansdowne 1
12th March 2015
MPW return the favour at the return leg.
With the league championship still undecided, three teams battle it out for pole position: MPW, Lansdowne and CIC. With fixtures against Ashbourne and CIC looming, this really was a must-win fixture for the travelling first team. It was left until the second half for MPW to score, and the two goals came in quick succession. Unfortunate play saw Landsowne claw a goal back but were not able to do more and the MPW team now stay in the fight to retain their championship status.
MPW 1 - 2 Ashbourne
19th March 2015
A late winner saw Ashbourne eclipse MPW in a stop-start encounter last night
Going into the game knowing victory would guarantee a title showdown with Chelsea next week, MPW started on the front foot. A floodlight failure five minutes in meant that there was just enough natural light to continue but the fading light was off-putting for both sides and allowed Ashbourne back into the game. A dubious Ashbourne free kick levelled the scores. A prolonged half-time break gave both teams a chance to regroup and the second half continued as all-out attack with several good attempts on the Ashbourne goal. As the clock ran down, the game became end-to-end, and Ashbourne began looking more dangerous on the counter. It took a vital save to keep the scores level. With legs tiring an Ashbourne substitute burst through on goal before prodding it home with only minutes to play.
As the referee blew the final whistle MPW had to hope CATS could do them a favour in the late kick-off against Chelsea, but CIC ran out winners in that game and take the title with one game to spare.