Eight teams qualified for these finals by finishing 1st or 2nd in their area leagues.
Gateway got off to a great start by winning their first two games playing some scintillating football and looking dangerous each time they mounted an attack. Kieran Mc and George C (Yr 5) both scored delicate lobs over the goalkeeper in the match against Butlers Court whilst Ollie L fired home from the edge of the box. In the 3rd game Holmer G, who needed to win to qualify, pipped Gateway in a well contested match which saw lots of good chances at each end.
St Peters (Burnham) 2 Gateway 3
Butlers Court 0 Gateway 6
Holmer Green 1 Gateway 0
Despite this set back, Gateway qualified for the semi-finals as group winners and were drawn against Little Chalfont. The team were feeling confident that they could make the final. Unfortunately, things did not go to plan. Ollie L struggled with a thigh strain and then Adam Y, who had just returned to the team after injury, was carried off the pitch after a heavy collision with an opponent as he made a lunging tackle in front of goal. Gateway were out of sorts and struggled to close down their opponents to win possession. Chalfont pressed forward and Gateway absorbed this pressure, keeping them at bay. With 4 minutes to go a Chalfont striker latched onto a stray back pass which left Stan C no chance of saving. Gateway tried to rally but time and their luck ran out. The boys were very disappointed to miss out on the final but pleased with their overall performance on the day and can certainly be proud of themselves. HJ
Squad: Stan C, Dominic H, Adam Y, Joss K, Jonty W, Harry N, George C, Ollie L, Kieran Mc