School sport: Shenfield girls march on with cup success
PUBLISHED: 08:00 19 May 2017
Shenfield High School's under-12 girls booked their place in the EFSA National Cup semi-final with a dominant 2-1 victory over Comberton Village Academy on Wednesday, writes Jacob Ranson.
Super-sub Yasmin Hassan netted an extra-time winner in the quarter-final tie against the Cambridge-based school to seal a last-four spot.
But it was the visitors who got off the mark first with a counter attack, after Shenfield had dominated the first 20 minutes.
Shenfield dug deep and immediately got back on the attack, creating a few chances, before Izzy Tomlin crossed for Ellie Denham to slot past the Comberton keeper.
The match remained tense with both sides creating chances, but it wasn’t until the last five minutes of the second half in extra-time when substitute Hassan found the net with her weaker foot from inside the box.
Comberton striker Tabitha Brignull wriggled free from two Shenfield players to unleash a late shot, but was denied by keeper Madison Griffin.
The success came off the back of the under-16 girls lifting their third Essex Cup title victory in as many years on the weekend.
Striker Sophie Nyiro’s hat-trick sealed the cup win, as her team came back twice to beat Cornelius Vermuyden 4-2 in a thriller.
The first 20 minutes were goalless, before Shenfield found themselves 1-0 down as Cornelius converted at the back post.
It wasn’t long before the sides were back on terms, as Nyiro latched on to a through ball and comfortably converted.
The opposition took the lead as soon as the second half began, but Nyiro fired home another equaliser from 20 yards.
Nyiro continued to be the danger as she threaded a ball through to midfielder Elise Bonning for an easy finish to put Shenfield 3-2 up.
And after enduring a spell of pressure, the ball found in-form Nyiro who sealed the victory with her third of the game.
Shenfield’s under 14 boys also won their Essex Cup final – at Dagenham & Redbridge’s Victoria Road ground – when beating Upminster’s Hall Mead 4-2 after extra time last Thursday.