School Sport: Spot-on Marshalls Park into Havering Cup final
PUBLISHED: 08:15 27 April 2018
Marshalls Park Academy saw their year seven boys book a place in the Havering Cup final following a tense penalty shoot-out with St Edwards this week.
Their semi-final tie did not get off to the best of starts as River Hird’s backpass to the keeper was cleared straight into the path of a Saints attacker who calmly slotted home.
Marshalls rallied and got back on level terms when Denim Nnamudi received the ball 30 yards from goal and went on a surging run past several players and slotted home.
But Saints regained the lead after some impressive work from their right winger set up the chance for an attacker to convert.
Some excellent skill by Victor Agyemang left him with time to net a second equaliser for Park, but their joy was shortlived as Saints struck twice in quick succession to move 4-2 up.
Nnamudi weaved some magic to claim a third goal for Park just before half time and they were back on terms after the restart when Agyemang took advantage of some hesitant defending to power his way through and claim his second.
Park then enjoyed a spell on top but they were frustrated by the Saints keeper, who pulled off several fine saves, until Nnamudi’s excellent through ball found man of the match Ronnie Fry to slot home a deserved goal for his tenacious display and put them 5-4 ahead.
However, they could not hold on to their lead in the last 10 minutes and Saints squared matters in the closing seconds to force penalties.
After every player had scored from the spot, Saints saw their centre-back fire their final penalty over the crossbar, allowing Mohammed Yaqoob to fire home Park’s winner.
The news was not so good for Park’s year 10 squad as they lost 3-0 to their Emerson Park rivals.
Tom Greene and Sonny Cutts headed good chances wide from close range for Park and PE teacher Paul Aylett said: “We will go again next eyar and hope to clear that final fence.”
The year eight and nine squads are set to play their semi-final ties next week.