School Sport: Cups of joy overflowing for Marshalls Park
PUBLISHED: 11:00 23 October 2015
Success for school teams in competitions
Marhsalls Park School had plenty to cheer after three of their young football teams picked up wins in their recent matches.
The year seven team were perhaps the most impressive victors as they continued their unbeaten start to the season with success in the Havering Cup.
Marshalls Park did not have it all their own way against Royal Liberty as they fell behind to an early penalty from the visitors.
The hosts were still a goal down when the second half kicked off but they raised their game to get themselves back into the contest.
Josh Taylor scored the equaliser for Marshalls Park with his low left-footed effort deflected into the net.
In a tactical move, Freddie Potts was moved up front and it swiftly paid dividends with the attacker scoring a screamer into the top right corner from outside the box.
Potts later added a second from closer in to hand Marshalls Park a 3-1 victory over Royal Liberty.
“I am very proud of the boys and it’s great to win all league cup games,” said a school spokesperson.
The school’s under-13 girls’ team also tasted success in a tournament, this time the Essex Cup, with a narrow win over Ilford Ursuline.
Marshalls Park started brightly and peppered the opposition goal with several chances, but were denied by the opposition keeper.
The Havering school were particularly dominant in the air during the first half with Jessie Ellis winning many headers.
Marshalls Park continued to search for a way through, but struggled to find the net with the penalty box becoming increasingly crowded.
Eventually they took the lead with a delightful left-footed volley from 10 yards that flew into the top corner.
Marshalls Park continued to control the match and were awarded a penalty which was unfortunately saved, but manager Miss Whitley was pleased with the display.
“I’m proud of the team’s effort today,” she said. “There is room for improvement in front of goal and with the quality of first touch, but it was a well fought game by both schools.”
The year 10 team were another in Havering Cup action and also progressed following a 1-0 win over Albany with Billy Allen an attacking threat throughout.
Callum Nightingil was causing the Albany defence problems and saw one shot cannon back off the post.
The school continued to press forward with Henry Fraser’s cross into the box expertly met by Allen for the game’s only goal.
“It was a really tough game, but I am so proud of the boys,” said a spokesperson.
“They worked extremely hard, dominated play and finally got the goal that they deserved”.
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