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School Sport: Spot-on Branfil footballers bag London Youth Games gold

PUBLISHED: 16:00 28 March 2017

Havering's Branfil School celebrate winning the London Youth Games football competition

Havering's Branfil School celebrate winning the London Youth Games football competition

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Squad keep their nerve to claim spoils for Havering

Branfil School came out on top against rivals from across the capital to win gold at the London Youth Games football competition.

Having won the borough final earlier this year, Branfil represented Havering at Crystal Palace and won their group in the first stage after three wins and a draw.

Two wins from three matches in the second group phase sent them into the knockout rounds and they beat Croydon by a single goal after an outstanding team display.

Branfil’s semi-final tie went to a penalty shoot-out, after they hit the post and crossbar, and they kept their nerve from the spot to book a place in the final.

It proved another tight contest, with Branfil going close to winning in normal time before another shoot-out.

And a well-placed spot-kick put them in front, before George Chipperfield produced a superb save to clinch victory.

A spokesperson said: “A big thank you goes to Mr Edwards and Mrs Lee for coaching and guiding the boys to success. Branfil has truly put Havering on the map!”

Branfil: George Chipperfield, Sam Wilkins, Max Allen, Bailey Suckling, Harrison McMahon, Benjamin Spink, Jake Ishmail, Thomas Greening, Lewis Orford.

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