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School Sport: Shenfield High’s semi-final despair

14:32 30 January 2014

Shenfield High's year seven boys were beaten semi-finalists in the South England five-a-side championships

Shenfield High's year seven boys were beaten semi-finalists in the South England five-a-side championships

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Year seven boys edged out in five-a-side event

Shenfield High School’s year seven boys lost out in the semi-finals of the South East England five-a-side Championships.

Their squad was one of 20 representing their district at the event and they won their group before coming through a tense quarter-final tie 7-6 on penalties.

But Shenfield’s hopes of success were ended in the last four by the eventual winners Eastbury, after Kieran Huddart netted in a 1-1 draw.

Teacher Garry Sapsford said: “The boys can be so proud of themselves for their performances. Top three in South East England!”

The year 11 squad were handed a bye in their National Cup tie as Haberdasher’s Aske’s could not raise a side.

And they produced a stunning fightback to beat Gilberd in the Essex Cup semi-final on Tuesday.

A hat-trick from Charlie Jacobs had helped Shenfield into a 4-1 lead, but Gilberd netted four unanswered goals and looked set to go through.

Two late headers from Sam Groom sealed a dramatic 6-5 win for Shenfield, though, to book their place in the final.

The academy squad were also celebrating after a 4-1 win over cup favourites John Madejski Academy in Reading.

The under-14 girls are due to play their last 16 tie in the National Cup on Friday, while the under-13s chase a semi-final spot on Tuesday.

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