Seyi sprints home but Romford finish as runners-up to Southend in the final

PUBLISHED: 10:30 17 April 2015

Romford & Gidea Park under-14s were runners-up in the Essex Cup

Romford & Gidea Park under-14s were runners-up in the Essex Cup


Essex Cup under-14 final: Romford & Gidea Park 5 Southend 36

Romford & Gidea Park under-14s fell short of beating Southend in the Essex Cup final, but could still be proud of their efforts at Basildon.

Park attempted to take the game to their opponents from the off, but Southend eventually proved too strong and showed why they are rated as one of the best teams in the South of England in a 36-5 win.

After conceding the first try when trying to run the ball from their own half, Park regrouped.

Despite being behind they didn’t let it affect them and laid siege on Southend’s defence. Unfortunately the Romford youngsters could not break their rivals down and Southend made them pay by scoring out wide.

They added try number three soon after and Romford could not make the most of their own opportunities as they rallied.

Southend were able to add another score before the break to make it 24-0.

But Park had the wind behind them in the second half and threw everything at their opponents.

To Southend’s credit, they stood strong and were able to score again at the other end.

They added another try shortly afterwards to make it 36-0 and confirm their superiority.

But battling Romford still did not give up and they continued putting pressure on Southend before finally having the last laugh in the match.

Park’s forwards rucked and mauled from inside their own half to reach Southend’s 22 and they then set the ball off down the back line for full-back Seyi Adeigbe to race past three defenders and score in the corner.

It was no more than Romford deserved and, although they ended up well beaten, they could be proud of reaching the final.

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