Great togetherness and resilience in tightly contested County Cup Final
Year 9 County Cup Final
A great goal!
The Year 9 Ark William Parker team lost a tightly contested County Cup final at Sussex FA Headquarters last Thursday. Parker who won the cup in Year 7 were playing Cardinal Newman (Brighton and Hove) who were last year’s winners.
Parker weren’t fazed by the physically bigger team and started the game brightly with winger Alfie Peacock enjoying lots of possession and posing a danger every time he had the ball. Aiden Avery was relentless in attack, closing down the accomplished Newman defenders with determination and hunger, his perseverance lead to Parker’s goal. A fine move down the right hand side, involving Freddie Legg and Jamal Palmer ended with Avery forcing the Newman defender to lose possession to Palmer. His quick thinking saw him play the ball to Benn Ward on the edge of the Newman area, unleashing a fantastic shot into the top corner. Parker had many more chances playing with the wind in the first half, but were foiled by a terrific Cardinal Newman goalkeeper (who was later named the man of the match).
The second half saw a complete reversal in the play, with Newman enjoying their share of possession. The Parker defence, ably marshalled by the excellent Spencer Winters, ensured Newman had very few clear cut chances. William Parker kept their shape well and made it very difficult to be broken down. Full backs Joe Skinner and Legg very much winning their individual battles against their opponents. With three minutes of normal time remaining, Newman pulled off what looked to be out of their grasp. They launched a huge throw in into the box and the big bounce of the 3G surface took it over the head of Harvey Mapstone and found a Newman striker who headed past a helpless Cody Craddock in the Parker goal.
During the extra time period more pressure from Peacock and Avery created an excellent chance for Ward, who unfortunately shot over this time.
With no more goals during a tense extra time period the winners of the trophy would be decided by penalties. Cruelly for William Parker it was Cardinal Newman who took the victory 7-6.
Head of PE and Year 9 Coach Jimmy Elford said, “It really is the cruellest way to lose a game of football! Fair play to Cardinal Newman who were outstanding but our Parker boys can hold their heads up high. They played wonderful football at times and battled hard, showing great togetherness and resilience. On another day we would be celebrating our second county title in 3 years but it just makes us more hungry for success next year”.
Squad: Craddock, Legg, Skinner, Mapstone, Winters, Peacock, L. Warren, Palmer, Ward, Lubanga, Avery, Hull, Corke, Cumber.