School Sport: Reynolds ‘ecstatic’ with Emerson Park cup win
PUBLISHED: 14:00 11 May 2017
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Teacher hails efforts of back-to-back borough champions
Nick Reynolds was ecstatic with his side’s “exceptional” victory as Emerson Park’s year eight team overcame Royal Liberty 2-1 in the Havering Schools’ Cup final at Hornchurch Stadium on Tuesday.
Two goals from Ryan Lowe, both of which were free-kicks, meant Emerson’s squad won back-to-back borough titles in years seven and eight, similar to their year 11 equivalents who won four Havering Cups on the spin, until their defeat to Marshalls Park this year.
And coach Reynolds, the all-time leading goalscorer for Isthmian League outfit Romford, emphasised the quality of his team’s performance both in the final and all season, and also suggested that this group have the “aura” of a side which could go on to win as many as their older students have done.
“We put pressure [on them] from the start to the finish of the game,” he said.
“They held the ball well, possession was clean, they worked really hard and their work rate was exceptional on the pitch, given we’re not a massive team up front. Their chemistry and the way they played together was fantastic.
“Its always hard coming here to play a final. Anything goes in a final as we’ve found out. But I think that when we’ve played our league games, no one comes close in this borough. We’ve done teams 6-1, in fact we won 6-1 in the semi-final.
“I think that they are that sort of calibre of team [to win multiple titles], because of the way they play and train together, especially as a lot of them play outside school.
“I think that they’ve got that sort of aura about them, if you look back on the teams that have done a similar thing. We certainly want them to go on and win every year from now on.”
On the other hand, Ryan Sammons, coach of the defeated Royal Liberty team, was proud of his team’s performance despite not coming away with the trophy at the end of it.
“I thought it was a really, really good performance,” he said.
“We played in the group stages and I think the score was 5-0, so coming into this the boys were a bit nervous, a bit unsure what was going to happen, but they competed and that all you can ask for in a final.”