Floraville Public School’s boys soccer team has narrowly missed a NSW Primary Schools Sports Association title, falling to one of the best schools in the country in the knockout final.
The gifted group of boys were crowned Hunter champions earlier this year and qualified for the state finals with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Neutral Bay Public School in the quarter finals in September.
The side travelled down to Valentine Sports Park in Sydney as one of four schools left in the statewide competition for the finals last Monday. In their first match, a semi-final against Narranga Public, the boys went three goals ahead by half-time but left their supporters with a nervous wait until they held on to claim a 3-2 victory.
Taking on the renowned King Park Public School in the final, the boys held their own against some of the most talented players in the country but could not come away with a full-time result. They went into the sheds at the break 2-0 down, but lifted in the second half to press the opposition. Six minutes from full time, Reece McManus went on a rampaging run down the right wing and buried the ball into the net.
Despite the spirited comeback, the boys could not find another goal to send the game into extra time.
Former students at King Park read like a who’s who of the A-League, include Socceroo and English Premier League star Aaron Mooy, Terry Antonis, Connor Chapman, Bernie Ibini, Brendan Hamill, Matt Jurman.