Find out how St Thomas of Canterbury RC Primary School got on against Lansdowne Primary School

Our last home game against Peterborough United saw the penultimate match take place in the first round of our half-time penalty shoot-out competition.

Lansdowne Primary School and St Thomas of Canterbury RC Primary School, were all very excited to compete for a chance to clinch a place in the quarter-finals but nervous at the prospect of taking a penalty on the Priestfield pitch.

Under the competition rules each player has seven seconds to score from the edge of the D and can choose to either dibble and shoot or simply fire straight at goal. The keepers are allowed off there line and can close the penalty taker down from the first whistle, meaning keepers need to react quickly and players have to take their chances.

During the warm-up both teams looked calm and composed in front of the Rainham End and seemed unaware that hundreds of fans were watching and waiting eagerly for the penalty shootout to begin.

Both goalkeepers pulled off some outstanding saves while the players slotted home some well taken goals to keep the contest a close run thing, which meant that both goalkeepers had to step up and take a penalty as the shoot-out moved into sudden death.

Under pressure, St Thomas of Canterbury’s keeper fired home the winner after pulling off a great save to deny the Lansdowne keeper. So congratulations to St Thomas of Canterbury who are through to the quarter-finals in the New Year.

Our final game of the first round will take place when the Gills place Swindon on January 18 and will see St Margaret’s at Troy Town CE Primary School face Davington Primary School.