School Sport: Higgins hails Emerson Park year sevens
PUBLISHED: 18:30 12 May 2017
‘Organised display’ leads to Havering Cup success
Sam Higgins was happy with his Emerson Park year seven team’s far more “organised” performance against Royal Liberty, as they comfortably won 5-0 to lift the Havering Schools’ Cup at Marshalls Park School.
A hat-trick from centre-back Reece Stringer, along with goals from Anwar Bizimana and Dan With, meant that Emerson Park would overturn the side that had beaten them 3-2 earlier in the season.
Higgins was proud of the development that his side has made over the year and how a change in shape and attitude has led them to the trophy.
“I think we kind of got used to what we were all about really. We played four at the back at the start of the season and we were a bit silly and we were conceding silly goals,” he said.
“But we were a lot more organised, we haven’t lost in 2017, the ball was on the floor the whole time, and we used Amwar [Bizinama] who’s quite small up front to our advantage, so playing the ball behind, controlling it, playing little one-twos and it seemed like everything went in.”
The coach was also happy with the performances of his centre-backs Mitch Fallows and Stringer, both of whom have scored hat-tricks, with Fallows scoring three in the semi-final.
“Reece [Stringer] is a very solid defender, he actually plays in midfield but he’s got a lot of leadership skills, he can play with both feet and controls the ball very well,” added Higgins.
“And he’s a set-piece specialist as well, he loves a free-kick, quite a few go in and he was lucky o get a hat-trick today as well so good on him.
“Mitch [Fallows] scored a hat-trick in the semi-final, it seems like all the defenders score hat-tricks these days!”
Opposite number Brad Bowen of Royal Liberty was less than impressed, but remained upbeat about the future with his young squad.
“You can’t make an excuse on the day, our boys tried their best but at the end of the day they are second best to a few balls and sadly they got a few goals on the run and there’s nothing we can do about it,” he said.
“There’s still potential and we still have four years to progress with out team and our year. Obviously we will be coaching them, transferring to 11-a-side next year so hopefully we can be more successful in the years to come.”