Croydon Cup: Elmhurst through to the next round!

Elmhurst School for Boys

13th November 2015 | Sport

In a very exciting first round of the U11 Croydon Schools Cup, Elmhurst met local Primary school Davidson’s, away. The U11 first team have been performing well all season and were a little surprised to be 2-0 down at Davidson’s within the first 10 minutes of this match. They fought hard to regain control in the game and managed to score a goal just before half-time, through a brilliantly taken corner by Henry Farquharson which flew straight into the goal. Elmhurst started the second half very positively; playing the game in the opposition’s half and threatening their goal with regularity. Finally the equalising goal came from a lovely through ball from Andrew Dowsett, slitting the defence enabling our striker Temu Liburd-Appiah to slot the ball past their very able goalkeeper.

The final whistle blew with the score at 2-2, meaning that extra time would be required to settle the tie with the possibility of penalties if there was deadlock. Again, Elmhurst started on the front foot, taking the game to Davidson’s and scoring early in the first period of extra-time. At this point the Elmhurst boys started to lose concentration as they thought that they were going to win. This was a mistake as Davidson’s came fighting back, scoring a goal either side of the short break at half-time in extra-time, taking the lead with seconds to spare. A free kick was awarded to Elmhurst for a handball just outside the goalie’s area and up stepped Henry to take the kick under high pressure. He managed to score the goal to even tie again and seconds later the final whistle was blown.

This meant penalties! One of their best player stepped up to take Davidson’s first penalty. He missed! This is always a heart breaking situation for any player, especially at primary school age group football. The Elmhurst boys thought they were going to win again, but we had to score all of our penalties to do so. Andrew scored our first penalty! Elation! Davidson’s then scored the next penalty. Henry, who had been our saviour during regulation time, missed! Agony!

The penalty shoot-out went on like this until each team had taken 8 penalties and the scores were still level. This was ‘sudden death’, which means the first team to miss will lose if the opposition score their penalty. The substitutes had to take the eighth and ninth penalties. Davidson’s substitute stepped up and missed! Joseph Unemuemu had to take the Elmhurst School penalty. Score and we are through. Miss and the shoot-out continues. Joseph struck the ball so well, that their goalkeeper had no chance to save it and Elmhurst School was through to the second round!

Well done Elmhurst School U11’s squad, for a great game and a great performance!

 

- Mr AJ Padfield

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