islington loric league football news
match day 12
St. Mary Mags top table after solid display
Beacon 4 - 6 SMMA
St. Mary Magdalene Academy and Beacon High played out a well contested fixture. high-intensity, non-stop action throughout. Some excellent passages of play from both teams saw both defences breached on several occasions. Ultimately Mary Mags shown better grit and determination as they worn down Beacon High with relentless pressure and fight.
match day 11
foundation find form at hg
central foundation 2 - 0 cola.hg
match day 10
amsi still on the trail for first win
Beacon 4 - 2 amsi
Arts and Media Islington suffered another defeat, this time at the behest of Beacon High. The game was closely run, with talent on display from both teams - an honourable mention for Abdi (AMSI) who scored both of AMSI's goals and Diego who had a barnstorming game in goal. From the quality of play and the closeness of the match, it's baffling how AMSI have not notched a single point from any of their games. It is surely only a matter of time so long as they show resilience during this barren patch.
Beacon on the other hand enjoyed another win, officially amounting to what could be considered a good run of form. A fantastic display from Gassem who scored a hat-trick and some magnificent saves from Mazil, as well some resolute defensive work at the back ensured Beacon took all three points.
match day 9
beacon best highbury grove in competitive tie
Highbury Grove 1 - 3 beacon
Beacon High traveled to COLA Highbury Grove in the LORIC League who were determined to get revenge against Beacon for knocking them out of the Gazette Cup in December.
It was a competitive affair right until the end with both teams threatening to score throughout the match. Excellent goalkeeping performances and some quick witted defending made for a tight game. Some brilliant passages of play combined with a man of the match performance from Didier (as voted by the HG players) meant Highbury Grove’s efforts were in vein as Beacon blasted 3 goals to trump HG’s 1. Big shout out to all of the players involved.
LORIC LEAGUE IN THE NEWS
PIXL RECENTLY FEATURED LORIC LEAGUE IN THEIR BULLETIN
"PiXL (which stands for Partners in Excellence, but is commonly referred to as PiXL) is known for its aim of wanting to improve life chances and outcomes for young people and its focus on equipping school leaders to make that happen. Whether it is a focus on reading, oracy, writing, numeracy, character education or establishing strong cultures, PiXL is committed to providing practical support and strategies to make an impact." - PiXL 2022
PiXL featured an article in their termly bulletin about the LORIC league as an example of good practice for character curriculum.
match day 8
Cola.i still in search of first victory
SMMA 8 - 4 COLA.I
COLA I were in action again just one week after their unfortunate defeat to Beacon High. In similar fashion to their last trip, COLA notched several goals on the score sheet but were unable to prevent goals flying in to their own net.
St. Mary Magdalene continue their good run of form registering their second victory and climbing up the table to joint second after 3 games played.
Special mentions for the young men named Mason as they were both voted MoM for each team by the other team. Well done Mason(s)!
match day 7
first win for beacon
cola.i 3 - 9 beacon high
After a competitive first half Beacon High managed to record their first win in the LORIC league against a resilient and powerful COLA I.
Didier (Beacon) bagged an impressive 5 goals in this match which gives him a total of eight, sending him to joint top of the goal scorers charts after 3 games played.
match day 6
cola. hg record second win
cola.hg 9 - 2 amsi
COLA. HG and AMSI played a competitive fixture which COLA. HG coach Sean Flaherty modestly said was a "closer game than the score says".
Whether the game was close or not, the score certainly left AMSI without a point after the opening three fixtures of the league. Conversely, COLA. HG go into second after this impressive win.
Can they continue their good form in their next match? - A derby against COLA.I
match day 5
lights out for beacon as aloysius shines
St. Aloysius 11 - 1 Beacon High
It did not take Aloysius long to continue their rampant goal scoring form after opening the scoring after a matter of minutes.
Solid organisation, great team ethic and some dazzling displays of talent propelled Aloysius to another overwhelming drubbing of their opposition - a lacklustre Beacon.
There were moments in the game where Beacon breached the Aloysius defence, capitalising once and becoming the first team to score past Aloysius.
Revin scored four more, even whilst spending a lot of the game on the bench.
Can Aloysius go the whole season unbeaten?
cola hg 3 - 2 Central FB
3-2 loss – good performance and both teams.
Worked very hard with good sportsmanship
central fb 4 - 4 COLA.i
The fixture was another competitive affair, with both sides having key chances to put the game to bed, but none of them were taken.
The game finished 4-4. Central are scoring freely enough, but shipping goals at the same time.
match day 4
Aloysius quench their thirst for first after finishing cola-i
St. Aloysius 9 - 0 ColA.i
The headline score of the day!
Aloysius made light work of their opponents COLA-I, scoring 9 goals without reply - for a second consecutive clean sheet and the only team who have never conceded a goal in the LORIC League.
It was a tough first game for COLA-I, but they have an early opportunity to bounce back against Central Foundation next. Special mention for Massimo who was singled out as COLA-I's star performer.
Central FB 4 - 4 Beacon High
A dramatic end to end battle fought with plenty of goals and in the right spirit.
Central FB played some good football in the first half, threatening to go ahead from early on with some dangerous strikes narrowly missing the target. Eventually after a lot of knocking, CFB finally got through and then doubled their lead shortly afterwards before Beacon clawed one back moments before half time.
The second half proved even more entertaining with CFB capitalising on their chances and all but winning the game by going 4-1 up.
Beacon showed their resilience and found a second wind with their star-boy on the day - Didier, who scored a hat-trick to level the game.
By the end of the match it could have gone either way as both teams looked dangerous. It seems only fair they ended up sharing the points.
SMMA 2 - 2 COLA.HG
After their last time out it would be fair to say that SMMA are no strangers to scoring, however it is testament to COLA-HG's resolute defence that this scoreline was relatively low.
The game was played in the right spirit and was highly competitive.
Honourable mentions for the star performers: Henly & Afeez!
COLA-HG go up against Central Foundation next, can they record their first win?
Match Day 3
St. aloysius clean up
AMSI 0 - 4 St.aloysius
St. Aloysius are the first team to keep a clean sheet in a relatively low scoring game against AMSI. Despite conceding four goals, AMSI tightened up at the back after shipping 11 against Mary Mags.
Aloysius have started strong, can they build on this victory by keeping more clean sheets?
Unfortunately Central Foundation and COLA-HG could not play their fixture, but they are keen to play it at a later date yet to be decided.
The league is gradually beginning to take shape. Next week (12th October) every team other than Beacon are in action at St. Aloysius playing fields. It promises to be an exciting day in the LORIC league, which will give very early indications about how the league will pan out.
match day 2
Beacon Benefit from Central Forfeit Due to a late forfeit from Central Foundation, Beacon High took all the points to take them to joint top of the league and gaining an early lead on Central Foundation. The Beacon boys are raring to go and cannot wait to play their first fixture. Central have widely been thought of as favourites to win the LORIC league outright, but now they have it all to do as they seek to recover these first lost points. It's only fair to say that Central did swap this fixture and they did not expect to play on this date when the fixtures first came out - so they were unlucky in that sense, but unfortunately there is no other time in the calendar to play the match. Perhaps they can make their mark against COLA-HG next week!
match day 1
St. Mary Magnificent!
AMSI 3 - 11 SMMA
The opening fixture of the LORIC League did not disappoint. Played in good spirit, with mutual respect and maturity - all focus was on the football which maintained a fast tempo from the first whistle.
St. Mary Magdalene Academy (SMMA) got off to a flying start scoring two goals within the first 10 minutes without reply, before Arts and Media School Islington tightened up and began to find their rhythm. The first half was competitive and skillful finishing 1-4 with it all to play for in the second half.
But shortly after the break SMMA scored again which seemed to knock the wind out of AMSI's sails a little bit, allowing SMMA to press home their advantage and relentlessly pressure AMSI into making mistakes and giving up goals.
Some notable performances from Nehmiah, Tristan Alfie M and Mason (all SMMA) who all bagged 2 each, but the stand out player on the pitch was Abdi from AMSI who earned himself a hat-trick and didn't deserve to be on the losing team.
islington loric league launches!
check this page for updates
First of all, a massive thank you to all of the people involved with helping to launch this league - in particular Mike MacNeil & Joe Fox.
To everyone engaging with this website, I will endeavour to update this homepage as regularly as possible - hopefully that will be every fixture! (please don't hold me to that).
To all of the players, please do check the Individual Statistics to keep abreast of your own progress.