School Sport: Rise Park end season in style

PUBLISHED: 10:00 28 May 2016

Rise Park celebrate their Essex Cup success (pic:

Rise Park celebrate their Essex Cup success (pic:


Romford pupils complete double with Essex Cup win

Action from Rise Park's Essex Cup final success (pic: from Rise Park's Essex Cup final success (pic:

Rise Park Primary School’s football team completed a memorable season with victory in the prestigious Parish Under-11 Cup final.

The Romford pupils ran out comfortable 4-0 winners against holders Plumberow on the 3G pitch at St Martin’s School, having won the competition in 1985, 1988 and shared the silverware in 2000.

In a game which they dominated from the outset, first-half strikes from top scorer Sam Townsend and star midfielder Archie Kieran were added to in the second period by goals from the excellent Ben Atkins and Manny Fisher, who proved a hugely popular scorer.

And victory allowed Rise Park to complete a second successive double, following their 2-0 win over Ardleigh Green in the Havering Cup final earlier in the month.

Townsend and centre back Owen Rayment, with a memorable long-range effort, had netted in that win, while goalkeeper Rio Sorhaindo ended the season with only eight goals conceded.

Rise Park also reached the final of the Jim Smith Memorial Trophy, but despite a superb performance from skipper Owen Knapman were edged out 2-1 by a Wykeham Primary side they had beaten twice earlier in the season.

And they were also semi-finalists at the Essex 7-a-side Trophy at Harlow in March, narrowly missing out on qualifying for the national stages.

Manager Ant Sealey said: “The last two seasons have been truly memorable. The school has had success before, but I find it hard to imagine they’ve ever had a crop of players like these.

“I think we’ve lost just twice in something close to 50 matches and we’ve scored well over 120 goals. The most amazing thing about this squad is the fact they all enjoy it so much.

“They play with a smile on their face and have fun, although I guess that’s a bit easier to do when you’re as good as them. Most of the children have played for the last two years and have been exceptional.

“They are a credit to me, their school, their parents and most of all themselves. I will miss them hugely when they leave school in July as they’ve given the most joy I’ve ever had in my working career.

“I’d also like to thank their parents who gave us amazing support and were so committed in getting their children to so many games at times that aren’t always that convenient.”

Headteacher Carolyn Fox added: “The whole school is extremely proud of our outstanding football team who have represented Rise Park so admirably throughout this season.

“As a school we value highly all aspects of sports achievement and are immensely proud of our record of sustained success, as well as our excellent standard of sportsmanship which has been demonstrated by all of our pupils who have participated in a variety of sporting events this year.”

Rise Park: Rio Sorhaindo, Nasir Abdul Rahman, Kajus Grigaitis, Owen Rayment, Archie Kieran, Owen Knapman, Sam Townsend, Ben Atkins, George Cant, Ben Lucey, Charlie Hutt, Jack Weekes, Jose Olmedo-Adams, Liam Webb, Manny Fisher.

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