School Sport: Hall Mead win Havering Cup
PUBLISHED: 10:00 03 May 2017 | UPDATED: 16:59 04 May 2017
Hall Mead 3 Emerson Park 0
It was a night to remember for Hall Mead’s year nine boys, who won the Havering Schools’ Cup final against Emerson Park Academy on Tuesday.
A goal from Ben Rowe in the first half and two more from Max Gnandi in the second period means Hall Mead can now look forward to their Essex Cup final against Shenfield High next week.
The game seemed poised to be a much tighter affair than the one which developed, as the group-stage game between the two sides finished in a far more competitive 2-2 draw.
On top of the previous result, the game started with Emerson Park having the first half-chance, with Ben Willis striking the ball from distance, but the crossbar denying his looping attempt from nestling in the back of the net.
However, the chances would then be few and far between for Emerson and Hall Mead capitalised on their pressure in the 12th minute as the impressive Danny Imray beat his man on the left side before squaring it back for an easy finish for the oncoming Adams.
The Essex Cup finalists continued to apply pressure throughout the half, hitting the post from a Tommy Davis free-kick and then being denied twice by the Emerson Park goalkeeper.
The second half saw a far more even game in its opening stages, with Emerson Park constantly finding balls in behind their opponent’s back four, but the Hall Mead ‘keeper was quick to sweep up any danger in and around the box.
It wasn’t until midway through the second half that Hall Mead would regain control and score their second, as Gnandi was played through beyond the Emerson defenders and his pace and composure saw him race away from the trailing defender and calmly stroke the ball over the keeper and into the opposite corner of the net.
Despite going two goals down, Alex Reed’s side were quick out of the blocks after the restart and were unlucky not to score as Max Theobalds was unable to convert from Tommy Ainsworth’s excellent delivery from the left.
There was to be no comeback, however, as Gnandi was again at hand for the third Hall Mead goal, this time twisting and turning inside a congested penalty box to fire the ball past the keeper and send the borough silverware back to the Marlborough Road school for the second time in two years.
Jason Swan’s team will now be turning their attentions towards May 11, when the outcome of their county cup final against Shenfield High at Dagenham & Redbridge could mean the difference between a frustrating or euphoric season.