School Sport: Marshalls Park edged out by Abbs
PUBLISHED: 11:00 02 December 2015
Havering League: Abbs Cross 3 Marshalls Park 2
Marshalls Park’s under-13 girls were edged out by borough rivals Abbs Cross in their Havering Under-14 League clash last night.
Park started as they meant to go on and played some excellent football, with a massive kick from goalkeeper Hadrava well received by Johnson, who flicked the ball on for Cunningham to score the first goal.
Poppy Le Beau worked hard in defence, clearing the ball, but an errant tackle from Anderson led to a penalty.
Hadrava made a fine save to protect Park’s lead, but Abbs continued in the same vein and had lots of shots on goal, with their striker able to slot home an equaliser, sending the ball across goal and in off the post.
Marshalls were quick to respond and, after a switch in play from Pilley, Amber Le Beau was able to slot home from the left to restore their lead.
There were plenty of other opportunities of Marshalls to extend their advantage, but they lacked the finishing touch.
Abbs showed strength in their defence and went on to score a further two goals as their striker completed her hat-trick, showing outstanding skill and strength.
Park tried to respond as Anderson switched wings and used her lightning pace to keep the dangerous Abbs player out of the rest of the game, but Park could not find a leveller.
Coach Miss Whitley said: “It was an outstanding effort against an older, more advanced team.
“The football we played in the first half was the best we have ever played and I am positive that we stand a good chance of success if we play like this in the Essex Cup quarter-finals on Thursday.”