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School Sport: Marshalls Park push young Daggers

PUBLISHED: 13:07 05 December 2015 | UPDATED: 13:07 05 December 2015

Pupils from Marshalls Park shake hands with their Dagenham & Redbridge rivals

Pupils from Marshalls Park shake hands with their Dagenham & Redbridge rivals

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Marshalls Park's year eight boys faced Dagenham & Redbridge under-12s in a friendlyMarshalls Park's year eight boys faced Dagenham & Redbridge under-12s in a friendly

Marshalls Park’s year eight boys combined with the Dagenham & Redbridge under-12 academy side to produce a really good game on Saturday morning.

The game was scheduled due to the way Park’s year eight team have been playing this season and they took the lead through Tom Greene as he latched on to a good through ball and tucked it past the Daggers keeper.

Dagenham were playing the ball around well, but Park were also looking good in possession and went 2-0 up when Alfie Fry whipped the ball in to find Baillie Connelly and he placed his header into the top left hand corner of the net.

The young Daggers showed their class in the second half, though, with the wind behind them.

Park failed to deal with the ball and Dagenham took advantage of mistakes to draw level early on and then scored two late goals to claim victory.

Marshalls Park’s head of PE Paul Aylett said: ““It was a great experience to play against an academy side which train twice a week. The boys did themselves proud and now know what they have to do individually to improve.

“It was a really good opportunity to try some new things against great opposition. Hopefully they can take this learning experience and get into the semi finals of the Essex Cup.

“The Dagenham coaches praised the attitude of the Marshalls Park boys and gave a special mention to year 11 student Daniel Carter who officiated the game. I’d like to thank the Dagenham and Redbridge team for playing us.”

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