Capital gains as All Saints turn on style
PUBLISHED: 17:47 04 June 2008 | UPDATED: 12:32 11 August 2010
DAGENHAM-based school All Saints surged to victory in the Year Nine London Cup, a competition which saw 120 schools within London battle it out for glory. There were inspired performances throughout from all the All Saints players, as they beat Cumberland
DAGENHAM-based school All Saints surged to victory in the Year Nine London Cup, a competition which saw 120 schools within London battle it out for glory.
There were inspired performances throughout from all the All Saints players, as they beat Cumberland 4-3 in the quarter-final, Sacred Hearts 4-2 in the semi-final and West Hatch 4-1 in the final, with Josef Oates (2), James Edkins and Randy Toto scoring the goals to seal a fantastic triumph at Leyton Orient's Brisbane Road.
All Saints didn't get off to the best starts in the final, as their opponents West Hatch dominated the first half.
West Hatch controlled the first period, with some quick one touch passing and slick movements.
The pressure seemed to haunt All Saints, and when they gave the ball away in their own half, some swift attacking football from West Hatch saw them take a deserved lead.
All Saints woke up in the second half and took the game to their opponents in a bid to get back into the game and they soon struck a leveller.
It was a goal to savour, as Josef Oates fizzed a ball across the box and it was converted by James Edkins.
Once that equaliser went in, All Saints grew in confidence and started to play some good football, and although West Hatch had some good chances, they couldn't put them away.
The Dagenham school then upped the tempo, and hit West Hatch with a killer second goal, after some great footwork by Tommy Richardson in West Hatch's box, led to a penalty kick being awarded.
Oates stepped up with great poise to place the ball in the bottom left hand corner, and give All Saints a much-deserved second half lead.
Suddenly, the West Hatch heads dropped, and All Saints punished them with the third goal.
A long ball from midfield played in Oates who chipped the ball over the goalkeeper to give his side a two-goal cushion.
West Hatch threw caution to the wind, but some great defending from Shane Tyler, Dami O, Elliot Carter, Tom Mcclair and All Saints keeper Tommy Glanville, kept them at bay.
As the game became wide open, All Saints grabbed their fourth goal to end the game as a contest, when Randy Toto chipped home.
West Hatch still kept pushing for a second, but some good midfield work from Reece Kelly, Tommy Richardson, Andre Gumbs, and Michael Nicholson prevented them from doing that, by keeping possession, as All Saints sealed a dramatic win scoring four second-half goals to become London champions.
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