School Sport: Sydney Russell win Essex Cup after seven-goal thriller
PUBLISHED: 10:30 14 May 2015 | UPDATED: 10:33 14 May 2015
ECSFA Chairman’s Under-13 Trophy: Sydney Russell (Dagenham) 4 St Martin’s (Brentwood) 3
Sydney Russell from Dagenham clinched the ECSFA Chairman’s Under-13 Trophy with a pulsating 4-3 win over Brentwood’s St Martin’s in the final at Victoria Road.
The Dagenham continued their form throughout the tournament where they had won each of their previous rounds by just one goal.
However they were made to work hard for the win after falling behind with nine minutes remaining in the opening half.
St Martin’s captain Alfie Mahoney played a tempting ball into the box which striker Owen Bessey was first too as he tucked the ball into the net.
The Brentwood school had an opportunity to double their lead five minutes later but a teasing cross from the right narrowly eluded Mahoney as they team went into the break with a narrow one goal advantage.
Sydney Russell attacker Sebastian Towse had looked lively throughout the opening 45 minutes and carried that on after the break when 11 minutes into the second half, he wriggled his way past three defenders.
He found himself one-on-one with goalkeeper Cameron Tredgett but Towse could only fire his effort straight at the stopper.
Sydney Russell need not have worried about missing that chance as they equalised three minutes later.
Ayobami Tanimowo unleashed a thunderous 30-yard drive that cannoned against the crossbar back into the six-yard box.
Teammate Bradley McClenangham was quickest to react and placed to ball into the goal, giving a quick check to the linesman to see if his leveller had been ruled out for offside.
The equaliser appeared to wake St Martin’s up who had looked sluggish after half-time and they retook the lead 12 minutes from time.
A long free kick into the box was poorly defended by Sydney Russell allowing James Earthy to convert from close range and put the Brentwood school 2-1 up.
But their lead lasted less than 120 seconds when the pairing of Tanimowo and McClenangham combined again for the Dagenham school’s second goal.
Tanimowow crossed from the right and found McClenangham in the box, who duly applie the finish from six yards to level the scores again.
Both teams had chances to win the match but failed to take them before time was up and the game went to extra time.
Just two minutes after the restart Syndey Russell took the lead for the first time when Carlos Sanha Conduto embarked on a mazy run, beating defenders at will before firing home from inside the area.
Six minutes into extra time St Martin’s had a somewhat fortuitous equaliser when Sam Park’s 25-yard free kick clipped off the wall, wrong footing the goalkeeper.
But with just four minutes remaining Sydney Russell grabbed the winner when Dappy Okinabaloye nodded home a corner from the left to send the Dagenham support into raptures.
Sydney Russell: Aden Louis Oldrey, Bradley McClenangham, Dino Aziz, Sebastian Towse, Carlos Sanha Conduto, Ayobami Taniwomo, Ore Pelumi, Valckx Fernandes, Brain Mbanza, Robery Byrne, Billy West, Kajus Leonas, Daniel Adarkwah, Jack Smith, Dappy Okinbaloye, Alfie Atkins
St Martin’s: Cameron Tredgett, Oliver Horne, Alfie Fleming, Matthew Pounder, Ben Clark, Sam Park, Henry Fuller, Harvey Schafer, Alfie Mahoney, Owen Bessey, James Earthy, George Larner, Kyle Pounds, Ethan Jones, Bihan le Faulcher, Seb Webster, Stephen Fernandez
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