Young Urchins enjoy gr-eight cup win
PUBLISHED: 17:00 27 March 2014
Essex Cup: Hornchurch 8 Ridgeway Rovers 1
Billy Reed and Harmony Anyanwu both scored hat-tricks as Hornchurch under-13s beat Ridgeway Rovers 8-1 to lift the Essex Cordell Cup at Great Wakering.
It was a first win in the competition for Urchins, who netted six second-half goals to claim the silverware.
Luke Diamond cancelled out Tom Troubridge’s opener within the first three frantic minutes, but Reed’s first-half effort saw Hornchurch move ahead and he went on to contribute a treble, along with Anyanwu, while a Moses Bukulu own goal completed the scoring.
“Only in my wildest dreams I might have imagined this,” said boss John Guyton.
“It was a great performance from all the boys. I’m really pleased they enjoyed the day. It’s a big day for them, it’s the kids’ FA Cup really, so they all wanted to win it, and they went out there and did the business.”
It took 51 seconds for Troubridge’s brave header to open the scoring but Diamond levelled moments later.
Anyanwu flicked on for Reed to restore Hornchurch’s lead on 10 minutes but they had to wait until early in the second half to go 3-1 up as Anyanwu tapped home from Reed’s precise pass.
An own goal followed and Anyanwu stroked home the fifth and hit a post before Reed completed his treble with a quickfire double.
Anyanwu added his third from Troubridge’s cross and Guyton added: “We started off very nervously, even though we got an early 1-0 lead.
“When they got their goal, I was very nervous, but we went in at half time and I told the lads to keep trying to play. I told them to turn them and work on the things we’d done in training and in previous matches. They went out there and did that, so I’m really pleased.
“It was a really good performance. The boys kept going and I had faith in them. They had faith in themselves and I couldn’t ask for any more than the six goals we scored in the second half.
“Two of the boys got hat-tricks, and that’s fantastic for them. The lads have been brilliant all season, and thanks to the Essex FA for staging such a fantastic day.”
Hornchurch: Tommie Lloyd, Tood Bolger, Sonny Scott, Billy Allen, Leandro Da Gloria, Harmony Anyanwu, Billy Reed, Jay Bacon, Tom Troubridge, Jack O’Connor, Charlie Hawes, Shemar Marshalleck.