School Sport: Redden Court’s semi-final heartache

PUBLISHED: 11:00 27 April 2015

Pupils are battling it out in the Havering Cup

Pupils are battling it out in the Havering Cup


Havering Cup: Emerson Park 5 Redden Court 2

Redden Court’s year 10 boys bowed out of the Havering Cup at the semi-final stage for the second year running after a valiant display.

Going up against holders Emerson Park, the Romford pupils were under no illusion about the challenge and for large periods of the game it looked like an upset might be possible.

Redden Court started well with a few exchanges of passes and a couple of efforts at goal which Park’s keeper saved well.

But Emerson drew first blood after a mix-up in the Redden Court defence led to a soft goal being conceded.

Trailing only 1-0 at half time was encouraging for Redden Court who were dominating the midfield and creating some good chances.

But Emerson quickly extended their lead after the restart, netting twice to go 3-0 up before Redden Court replied.

The joy was shortlived as Redden Court conceded a fourth almost immediately, but they refused to give up and netted a second through Enock Sagonile to raise hopes.

Stephen Banham-Scott then hit a post and had another effort charged down by Emerson’s defence, with Redden Court wasting other chances before conceding a fifth late on.

A spokesperson said: “Each Redden Court player can be proud of their performance with a special mention for the midfield trio who were driven on and marshalled superbly by man-of-the match Connor Hartwell.

“The match was a thoroughly enjoyable and well fought contest. We wish the deserved winners Emerson Park the very best of luck for the final.”

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