School Sport: Marshalls Park seal semi-final spot
PUBLISHED: 16:11 29 January 2016 | UPDATED: 16:11 29 January 2016
Essex Cup: Marshalls Park 5 Greensward Academy 2
Marshalls Park’s year eight boys booked their place in the last four of the county cup with a five-star display.
Greensward started well and were putting pressure on the home defence for the first five minutes, but failed to create a real opportunity.
Park then enjoyed a fantastic 20-minute spell, scoring four quick goals to take control.
Good passing play by the team ssaw Freddie Potts score a brace and a mix-up in the Greensward defence led to an own goal.
Jack Glenister then scored a great free-kick from 25 yards to make it 4-0, but Marshalls did concede just before the interval.
Greensward scored their second goal soon after the restart and began to put more pressure on Park.
But Thomas Greene restored the home side’s three-goal advantage with a speculative strike that went into the top left corner.
The rest of the tie was played out with Greensward looking for another goal, but excellent play from William Fisher between the posts kept them at bay in the time that remained.
Park will now play St Thomas Moore at home in the semi-finals and PE teacher Paul Aylett said: “I’m very proud of the boys and the way they played.
“There were some great performances and real commitment from the team. We’re now one of the best four teams in Essex and will look to go a step further.”
Hall Mead visit William Edwards in the other semi-final tie, meaning there could be an all-Havering final in this year’s competition.