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School Sport: Shenfield High seal another semi-final spot

08:30 23 January 2014

Shenfield High's under-14 girls are into the Essex Cup semi-finals

Shenfield High's under-14 girls are into the Essex Cup semi-finals

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Under-14 girls battle to victory

Shenfield High's academy side pose in their new pink away stripShenfield High's academy side pose in their new pink away strip

Shenfield High School saw another one of their teams seal an Essex Cup semi-final spot this week.

But the under-14 girls made hard work of their quarter-final tie at Romford’s Frances Bardsley, on a bitterley cold afternoon.

With a couple of key players missing, Shenfield found themselves 2-0 down within the first 20 minutes, with both goals conceded at corners.

But this seemed to fire the visitors into action and with encouragement from the sidelines they began to take control of the game, closing down and working for each other.

Shenfield High's under-15 boys basketball squad and coach Humphrey Long celebrate victory over Palmer Catholic AcademyShenfield High's under-15 boys basketball squad and coach Humphrey Long celebrate victory over Palmer Catholic Academy

Abbie Rawlins pulled one back from a corner with a neat finish, before Shannan Drewe was played through by the excellent Sophie Clark after great work by Amy Morton on the left.

Shenfield went into the break on level terms, looking to maintain their momentum in what turned out to be a tense second half.

But they spurned a string of chances as they pressed for victory and had to thank an outstanding performance from Maizi Garwood, who showed her ability and work rate throughout the game, making tackle after tackle and covering almost every inch on the pitch.

Then, with the tie looking to be heading towards extra time, Shenfield snatched a last-minute winner when Kirsty Jackson played a lovely through ball for Drewe after more good work by Clark.

Drewe kept her nerve and slotted the ball past the Frances Bardsley keeper to seal a great comeback win in what proved a great advert for girls football.

But Shenfield know they will need to improve for their forthcoming National Cup quarter-final.

Shenfield’s academy side stormed to the top of their league with a 5-1 win at Colne, while the under-16 boys are due to play their National Cup last-16 tie at Haberdasher’s Aske’s tomorrow (Friday).

In other sport, captain Joe Todd claimed a hat-trick of tries as the year 11 boys rugby squad beat BCHS 39-14 this week.

The under-18 boys basketball squad came from 12 points down to beat Southend High 48-38, with Ben Mathews and Dan Okwuosa leading the scoring.

And the under-15s ended the unbeaten run of Palmer Catholic Academy in an exciting national cup clash, with Matt Bovill claiming MVP honours in Shenfield’s bid to reach the last 32.

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