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School Sport: Marshalls Park edge through

PUBLISHED: 14:00 25 November 2015

Marshalls Park's year eight boys (pic Paul Bennett)

Marshalls Park's year eight boys (pic Paul Bennett)

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Essex Cup: Robert Clack 0 Marshalls Park 1

Robert Clack's year eight boys (pic Paul Bennett)Robert Clack's year eight boys (pic Paul Bennett)

Marshalls Park’s year eight boys booked place in the quarter-finals of the Essex Cup with a hard-fought win in Dagenham.

The game started very tight on Clack’s 3G pitch, with few chances in the fist half.

Clack saw two long range shots saved by William Fisher, while Park were playing good possession football but failing to find that final ball to create a chance.

The best opportunity to take the lead came just before half time when Alfie Parrish played a lovely ball through to Joshua Holmes, who only had to slot the ball past the oncoming keeper, but just pulled his shot wide.

Park dominated from the start of the second half and got their noses in front when Ben Jones capitalised on a defensive error and tucked the ball past the keeper.

Clack had a great chance to draw level, but some outstanding defensive work from Park and a save from Fisher maintained Park’s advantage.

And Marshalls nearly got another goal late on as Thomas Greene saw his shot just slip past the upright, before Greene turned supplier with a great run and left-footed cross to Freddie Potts, who was denied by the Clack defence.

Park held on for victory in an extremely tight tie, though, and will now face either Greenwards Academy or St Martins in the last eight.


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