School Sport: Becket Keys 2 Coopers 4
PUBLISHED: 10:35 29 October 2018 | UPDATED: 10:35 29 October 2018
Coopers Coborn’s under-15 boys booked a place in the next round of the Essex Cup with success over Becket Keys.
They started in a strong fashion but were quickly drawn into a game of long ball football that goes against their natural style of play.
That all changed when Joel Harrison played a nice through ball to Jamaal Anthony who, after a little jink to the right around a defender, fired home the opener.
Coopers conceded a scrappy goal soon after from a miscontrolled ball from Matthew Edgell-Reeves and fell 2-1 behind as Becket Keys sensed their chance.
But striker Owen James dribbled down the right-hand side of the box and was adjudged to have been fouled, with a penalty awarded on the stroke of half-time. Captain George Handley fired the spot-kick in off a post to level it up and the tiee opened up much more in the second half.
James dropped into midfield, allowing Coopers to gain the upper hand and start playing their regular style of football.
And they regained the lead when Kian O’Neill slotted home with the goalkeeper rooted to the spot, before Samuel Bradley played a lovely through ball to Lenny Houston who took three touches and aimed a cross into the box, which flew over the keeper’s head and into the net.
James was named man of the match for his overall work rate and adaptability, moving from striker to wing to centre midfield, and having won the penalty.
But everyone, from attack to defence, played really well as Coopers claimed their second win in two games.
*Coopers are one of 42 schools in London who have been awarded the Platinum School Games Mark Award for 2018.
Frances Bardsley and Ardleigh Green have also been awarded the accolade and Coopers assistant headteacher Mark Duncan said: “This is due to the school consistently providing an outstanding level of participation in competitive sporting opportunities (including B, C and D teams), sport leadership opportunities for students, promotion of physical activity to all stakeholders and active links with numerous sports clubs in the local community.”