School Sport: Shenfield Academy land famous win
PUBLISHED: 16:32 31 January 2014
Favourites toppled in National Cup
Shenfield High School’s football academy squad recorded an emphatic 4-1 away win over John Madejski Academy Reading in the last 16 of their National Cup.
JMA Reading have won national titles at this age group in recent years, but were outplayed and outmuscled by a technically very good Shenfield side.
The game was played in torrential rain and driving wind, but it did not deter Shenfield who, despite the long away journey, flew out of the blocks and raced into the lead.
Quick thinking from Essex player Liam Smith, whose free-kick was perfectly weighted for Joe Houlihan, allowed the striker to expertly chip the home keeper.
But Shenfield had to work hard to protect their lead, keeping their shape and discipline to deny Reading a reply, despite dominating play before the break.
Centre-backs Chris Gregan and Matthew Newman shone for Shenfield, but Reading were back on terms five minutes after the restart.
The visitors regrouped and the introduction of the lively Joe Cutmore proved key, as his work rate and endeavour swung the tie back in Shenfield’s favour.
The talismanic Yosheya Lomotey, fresh from his brace of goals for Essex in their National Cup semi-final, bagged another double, including a left-footed wonder strike into the top corner.
And that effectively killed off the tie before substitute Connor Hogan added more gloss to the scoreline with a fourth for Shenfield in injury time.
Shenfield’s academy side remain unbeaten this season and sit nicely at the top of the Youth Conference Alliance table.
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