School Sport: Cup cheer for Marshalls Park
PUBLISHED: 12:00 06 October 2015
Essex Cup: Marshalls Park 4 Great Baddow 3 (aet)
Marshalls Park’s year eight boys earned an extra-time win over Greadt Baddow in the Essex Cup.
The Romford pupils began really well, keeping possession and controlling the game for around 20 minutes.
And the pressure eventually told as Park scored first from a corner, whipped in from the left hand side and turned into his own net by a Baddow defender.
Baddow didn’t look like scoring but after Park had overplayed at the back and made a defensive mistake, the centre forward had a one-on-one and, despite William Fishers diving to his left, coolly finished to make it 1-1 at the break.
Baddow took a surprise lead early in the second half when a long ball down the middle was flicked on and turned in by their striker.
But Marshalls showed their strength by taking the game to extra time when, after some good possession and link-up play on the right the ball found its way to one of their players and he smashed home from close range.
Extra time was close, with both teams not wanting to make a mistake, but Marshalls edged in front through Alfie Parrish and then a counter attack saw Joshua Holmes hit the top right hand corner with a belter to make it 4-2.
Baddow got a consolation late on with a strike from around 25 yards beating Fisher, but Park had done enough.
“It was a really good game. It’s nice to play against strong opposition, that’s why we enter the Essex and National Cups,” said a spokesperson.
“The boys were superb in the first 20 minutes, playing some outstanding football. We just need to maintain that for a longer period and cut out the mistakes in dangerous areas.
“Lots of this team went on the Valencia Tour in July and the skills and philosophy that was taught there, has helped them as players. The way the team kept the ball and switched play today was great.”
Marshalls are due to play Glenthorne School, from Sutton, in their next match and have seen six of their players selected for the Havering district side. They are William Fisher, Teddy Penn, Alfie Parrish, Joel Bevan, Ben Jones and Jack Glennister.