School Sport: Marshalls Park over the moon with Havering Cup success
PUBLISHED: 17:30 04 May 2017
Year 11 squad end Emerson Park’s reign in shoot-out
Paul Aylett and Marshalls Park’s year 11 boys were “over the moon” after they overcame Havering Cup specialists Emerson Park to win the borough silverware at Hornchurch Stadium.
After a cagey final ended goalless, it went down to penalties to decide the winner, but Charlie Munns’ spot-kick miss meant the trophy would go home with someone other than Emerson for the first time in five years, as Marshalls ended the four-year reign of their rivals.
Coach Aylett was quick to highlight the development that his own squad has made since a tough start in their early years at the Romford school.
“I’m over the moon. The boys have worked hard and they’ve developed over the five years,” said Aylett.
“Not to get out of the groups in year seven and eight, I’m so proud of the boys. It was a tough game, but obviously penalties is a lottery and today was our day.”
Aylett was quick to praise the more experienced players in the squad, as they gave the side a base they needed to be able to beat a previously dominant Emerson Park.
“Bernardo Rosa is on day release on Tuesdays and Thursdays [to play for West Ham] and he played against Manchester City on Saturday.
“But to be able to have him because he can hold the ball up, he’s got a bit of that Brazilian flair plus you’ve got Callum Nightingill who is at Hornchurch and you’ve got Henry Fisher who’s looking for a scholarship.
“He was solid at the back and man of the match for me. He cleared everything up.”
Although the trophy went to Marshalls, Emerson Park coach Nick Reynolds – the record goalscoring striker for Isthmian League side Romford – felt that despite the outcome on the night, his side were definitely better of the two.
“I wouldn’t say anything went wrong in terms of our game, I think we were the better side in extra time and over the two halves,” said Reynolds.
“I think what let us down was that we couldn’t take our chances. If you’re looking back at the game, they’ve not had a shot on goal and we’ve had five or six that we’ve put over or blazed wide, so it just wasn’t our day.”