Football Team through to Quarter Finals
The Year 10 football team at ARK William Parker Academy (AWPA) progressed to the quarter finals of the Sussex Schools Cup by overcoming a strong Hazelwick side. AWPA were keen to react well to a 3-1 defeat in the last 32 of the National Cup to St. Columba’s, but preparations for this game could not have been worse. Captain, Curtis Beale, was missing through injury; versatile midfielder, Charlie Ball, was missing through illness and central defender Callum Coshell-Evans was unavailable. AWPA could only name a squad of 12 which included Year 9 student, Tom Climpson.
Playing in difficult conditions, AWPA won the toss and decided to play with a strong wind behind them; this, however, meant that many passes ran through to the Hazelwick keeper. Against the run of play, Hazelwick scored a counter attacking goal. AWPA responded well, and pressure finally told, as Ozzie Ngourou Kebiwa levelled before half time. Hazelwick had the wind in the second half but AWPA defended valiantly, limiting Hazelwick to long shots. Two good saves from Dan Rose, and a goal line clearance from Brad Najair, brought on extra time.
AWPA kicked with the wind in the first period of extra time and, once again, got caught on the counter attack; slick passing from Hazelwick resulted in an excellent finish. AWPA responded, almost immediately; this time a Ben Cornelius corner was tapped home by Roman Kavur. As penalties loomed in the second period of extra time, Ben Cornelius won a free kick on the edge of the box and with the keeper seemingly unsighted by the defensive wall, Ozzie was able to score with a well struck shot. AWPA showed a great deal of character to come from behind, twice, to snatch victory, and now face Cardinal Newman, Hove, in the next round.
Hazelwick 2 – 3 AWPA (after extra time)