Lincoln make quarter-finals in national tournament

CLUTCH: Jacob Anderson scored two 90th minute winners in the same day to help Lincoln advance to the quarter finals. PHOTO CREDIT: Wareham Sports Media

Lincoln High School achieved their best ever result at the national secondary school football tournament, finishing sixth in Taupo last week.

The second day of the week-long tournament was one to remember not just for Lincoln, but for central defender-come-striker Jacob Anderson.

Starting the day, Lincoln needed a victory in their final pool game against Tauranga Boys’ College to qualify for the round of 16.

Tied at two-all with just minutes remaining, Lincoln were awarded an indirect free kick which was slotted home by Anderson. The 18-year-old was then the hero again just hours later when he scored another 90th-minute winner, which saw his side defeat Otago Boys’ High School 2-1 in the round of 16.

Anderson has played in the central defence for Lincoln most of the season but was at striker throughout the tournament, a move that ended up paying dividends.

Lincoln were defeated by tournament runners-up Auckland’s Sacred Heart College in the quarter-final 0-4, before recording a 2-1 win over Wellington’s St Patrick’s College and a 0-2 loss to Saint Kentigern College from Auckland, to finish the 32-strong tournament in sixth.

On day one, Lincoln started their first two pool games with a 2-1 win over Auckland’s St Peter’s College before going down 1-2 to St Patrick’s College.

It was also a successful week for the girls first XI who finished runners-up at the Gary Sowden tournament in Blenheim.

They went undefeated through pool play before defeating Wellington’s Samuel Marsden Collegiate School in the quarter-final 6-2 and Papanui High School 3-2 in the semi-final. They lost to Cashmere High School 2-3 in the final.