School Sport: Mixed fortunes for Redden Court
PUBLISHED: 15:30 05 November 2015
Contrasting results in Essex Cup for pupils
Redden Court pupils experienced mixed fortunes in the Essex Cup before the half-term break.
The under-13 girls eased into the next round with a 5-0 home win over Highams Park, but the under-14s bowed out after a 3-1 defeat at Cornelius.
The younger group were by far the superior team, playing some excellent football and creating lots of chances.
Redden Court grabbed an early lead through Sarah Henderson, who gave another impressive performance.
And the majority of play in the first half was in and around the Highams Park penalty area, with Molly Smith and Elize Bonning combining well and Bonning pouncing on a poor clearance to net her first goal of the game.
Redden Court led 2-0 at the break, with year seven pupil Jess Jones having little to do in goal on her debut.
Jones’s kicking and handling was good when called upon and Bonning netted her second after the restart.
Park found it hard to get out of their own half, with some excellent forward play from Katie Adams and Smith pinning them back.
Charlotte Wastell scored her first goal in a Redden Court shirt before a Highams Park own goal completed the tally.
A spokesperson said: “There were some impressive performances, in particular Ellie Camden whose positional play and composure at the back was excellent.”
Squad: Jess Jones, Charlotte Brown, Ellie Camden, Maddison Ruston, Keitan Adediji, Lucie Ballard, Katie Adams, Jamie Hartwell (captain), Elize Bonning, Holly Carnera, Sarah Henderson, Chloe Endean, Molly Smith, Charlotte Wastell.
The under-14s travelled to Canvey island to take on Cornelius, having beaten St Martin’s in the previous round.
Regular keeper Katie Hawkes was unavailable, but Kristy Robinson performed well as a stand-in behind the back four of Holly Carnera, Grace Roberts, Cerys Heard and Jamie Hartwell.
Redden Court began well, with Adams, Henderson and Lucie Ballard combining well on the right, and the visitors were awarded a penalty which Henderson converted to open the scoring.
The second half proved to be a different story with Cornelius firing on all cylinders in the first 15 minutes and some sloppy passing from Redden Court turning the game around.
Cornelius were clinical in their finishing, scoring two goals in quick succession to take the lead.
The influential Henderson was forced to sit out the rest of the match after clashing heads with a Cornelius player, but Ballard and Bonning had a couple of chances to equalise.
It was not meant to be, though, and while Redden Court were chasing the game, Cornelius broke out to score their third goal and seal victory.
Squad: Kristy Robinson, Freya Duffy, Cerys Heard, Jamie Hartwell Olivia West, Molly Smith, Elize Bonning, Katie Adams, Lucie Ballard, Holly Carnera, Grace Roberts (captain), Ellie Luxton, Sarah Henderson.
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