School Sport: Penalty pain for Marshalls Park in National Cup
18:19 21 September 2016
Marshalls Park 1 City of London Academy 1 (City of London win on pens)
Marshalls Park’s year nine boys’ football team bowed out of the National Cup after a penalty shoot-out.
It was the first competitive fixture of the season for the Romford pupils and the tie was scrappy for the majority of the first half.
Some good play from Park eventually unlocked the visitors defence as Alfie Parrish worked hard to get the ball upfield and played a one-two with Tom Greene which allowed him to slot home into the empty net.
There were not many other chances in the second half, but Park should have gone 2-0 up when Damrell looked to convert from close range, only to see another player tap the ball over the crossbar.
Parrish went close again with a snapshot which the City of London keeper dealt with, before the visitors broke and their striker tucked the ball past the oncoming Park keeper.
That meant the tie went to a shoot-out and Park missed their first two spot-kicks, while City of London netted all of their efforts to progress.
Teacher Paul Aylett said: “We have to be better. Sometimes a team needs a loss to get their season back on track.
“These are a good set of lads and I’m sure they will bounce back to winning ways in their next game. Onwards and upwards.”