School Sport: Emerson Park are Essex champions

PUBLISHED: 08:38 25 March 2015 | UPDATED: 08:38 25 March 2015

Emerson Park celebrate winning the Essex Cup (pic:

Emerson Park celebrate winning the Essex Cup (pic:


John Edwards Trophy: Cornelius Vermuyden 1 Emerson Park 4

Two goals from Maria Boswell, the second an outstanding long-range drive at a crucial point in the second half, elevated Emerson Park to Essex under-13 champion status at Brentwood School as they lifted the John Edwards Trophy following an entertaining final against Cornelius Vermuyden.

Boswell’s screamer was quickly followed by Emerson Park’s fourth goal which earned them the county crown after a competitive match against their opponents from Canvey Island.

Coach Courtney Tolan was delighted with the victory, especially as Cornelius had threatened to fight back during the latter spells of the first period.

Tolan said: “They [Cornelius] had a really good defence and I don’t think 4-1 really gives you a clear picture of the game because they fought really well and they have some great players.

“But we focused and played our own game in the second half a bit more, played the ball around and got the win.”

Tolan’s team could hardly have asked for a better start when they moved in front only a few seconds after the opening whistle, Boswell catching goalkeeper Eleanor Mai Hope off her line and lobbing the Hornchurch-based school in front.

Cornelius then settled into the game, but they still fell further behind to a deflected Ellie Ashford strike on 10 minutes.

However, the deficit was reduced five minutes later through Georgia Hyland, who tapped into an empty net from a few yards to give Tolan a tense half-time team-talk.

She added: “It was a good lead to start with and, when they started to come back in the first half, we were a bit worried. But we picked our game up in the second half and played really well.”

There was little to separate the sides as time ticked on until a devastating two-minute spell which swung the game in Emerson Park’s favour, beginning with a sensational 56th-minute strike from distance courtesy of Boswell again.

“We’ve got some very accomplished footballers who are playing a lot outside of school and that really showed with the skill level and the confidence to take those sorts of shots,” added Tolan.

With Cornelius on the back foot the team in blue and white stripes pressed home their advantage, Mya Turner lofting the ball into the far corner from just inside the penalty area seconds later.

It had been a spirited encounter with some good football on show, but Emerson Park were deserving of the silverware.

Now Tolan wants the girls to go a step further and use the victory as a springboard for more success, adding: “The players have all got a good work ethic in training and they’re lovely girls, so I’m really chuffed to inherit such a good team.

“The confidence they get from playing outside of school helps them inside school too. It’s good for us.”

Emerson Park: Alex Adeniji, Frankie Kane, Darcy Beal, Tife Sule, Amelia Foster, Sadie Todd, Lani Geere, Georgina Beeson, Maria Boswell, Amy Jacobs, Mya Turner, Millie Lakin, Renne McLeod, Millie Higginbottom.

*Shenfield High School take on Moulsham in the Essex Under-14 Cup final at Brentwood School today, with the sides battling it out for the George Cash Trophy.

Shenfield have beaten Colne (6-1), Chingford Foundation by walkover, Sydney Russell (12-3) and Notley (5-0) en route to the final.

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