Grafton champions after six of the best
PUBLISHED: 12:30 13 May 2015
Reaction from Grafton and William Ford after last week’s final
Grafton pupils were celebrating after beating William Ford 6-0 in the final of the Barking & Dagenham Post Primary Cup last week.
Daniel Nkrumah scored four times to earn his side glory, while Aker Okoie and Ormurnie Houston also found the net at May & Baker to conclude the year six competition that started with 33 teams in December.
Although trailing from the third minute, William Ford never threw in the towel and the final was played in an excellent spirit.
Grafton sport co-ordinator Alan Geary hailed his players after a stunning display and admitted they are a joy to work with.
“In nine-a-side football they haven’t been beaten since September,” said Geary.
“They work really well as a group, they come training every week and they are a credit to the school. I never have any issues with behaviour and credit to them for winning the final.”
William Ford’s PE co-ordinator John Harrington was proud of his players despite the loss.
He added: “It was not the result we would have liked, but I said to the boys at the end what I was really pleased with was that they kept going.
“We could have even scored right at the end so they never gave up. Their heads didn’t go down. That was really good to see and they deserve a lot of credit.”
Both Grafton and William Ford had a huge amount of support for the final and Nkrumah allowed the fans to witness some great goals.
The forward was impressive all afternoon, but Grafton’s whole team played wonderful football and passed the ball about with great composure.
Geary added: “It was fantastic for Daniel. He is at Leyton Orient at the minute and is just a really humble lad. He works well with the rest of the team and they are always practising moving the ball and getting their heads up.
“Daniel is just a part of that and he is not an arrogant player whatsoever. He does it for the team and they have all been a joy to coach this year. I have never had any hassle or answering back.”
Harrington admitted William Ford were confident going into the final, but they knew a tough contest was in store against Grafton.
“We played them in a friendly and lost 6-1 so we knew they were a good side,” Harrington added.
“In the last couple of rounds we have played really well. We drew 1-1 in the quarter-finals against Godwin so it went to penalties.
“That was really exciting and a nailbiter. In the semi-finals against Rush Green we won 5-1 and played really well so we felt confident coming into it, but it wasn’t to be.
“I am really proud of the boys and the way they played. It was a really good natural game.”
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