School Sport: Prigg so proud of Royal Liberty year 10s
PUBLISHED: 15:00 11 May 2017
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Teacher hails Havering Cup champions
Andrew Prigg was “immensely proud” of his Royal Liberty year 10 team after they overcame the odds to beat a much-fancied Redden Court 4-3 on penalties to lift the Havering Schools’ Cup at Hornchurch Stadium.
Despite Redden Court having the majority of the ball, Royal Liberty had chances of their own to score in what was a cagey hour of football, before it came down to the lottery of penalties, in which Joshua Disley saved James Lickford’s spot-kick to win the game for the outsiders.
After the game, Prigg said that he can now look back and enjoy what his side have a achieved over the year.
“It seems like it’s been such a long season, it’s just incredible,” he said.
“The boys have worked so hard and really that’s what brought them through, it’s what’s been the theme of what we’ve done. They’ve applied themselves and they stuck to it, and I’m just immensely proud of what they’ve achieved, it’s amazing.”
Although Redden Court have had the edge over Liberty when they have played over the last couple of years, Prigg felt the cup final victory was down to their togetherness as a squad.
“The core is basically the same [as when we lost to them previously], so maybe it’s just down to experience,” he added.
“They’re a tight-knit bunch and they’ve played a lot together over the past few years, and they’ve grown as a team.”
After his side’s shock defeat in the final, Redden Court coach Ashleigh Gilligham put the loss down to both a lack of creativity, confidence and issues with his team selection.
But he was also quick to credit the hard work Royal Liberty had put in to win the final, adding: “We lost due to a combination of not being able to create chances in the final third and just not enough confidence when it came down to penalties.
“It was a different side [to the one that previously beat Liberty]. We brought in players that haven’t played a lot this season and a change of manager last minute, so it was difficult to put in a squad that had gelled together all season.
“But credit to Liberty, they came back stronger and they fully deserved to win in the end.”
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