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Terrific Tevfik helps Grafton to success

PUBLISHED: 12:01 29 May 2008 | UPDATED: 12:40 11 August 2010

WINNING SMILES: Grafton lift the trophy.

WINNING SMILES: Grafton lift the trophy.

DAGENHAM TROPHY FINAL GRAFTON 4 St JOSEPH S 1 Neil Trainis reports GRAFTON lifted the Dagenham Primary Schools Trophy after a scintillating attacking display saw off a battling St Joseph s. The encounter, at May & Baker last Wednesday, was thrilling thro

DAGENHAM TROPHY FINAL

GRAFTON 4 St JOSEPH'S 1

Neil Trainis reports

GRAFTON lifted the Dagenham Primary Schools' Trophy after a scintillating attacking display saw off a battling St Joseph's.

The encounter, at May & Baker last Wednesday, was thrilling throughout, with both teams desperate to win the final and hold aloft the trophy for their school.

That privilege went to Grafton, who won the Post-sponsored competition convincingly in the end, thanks to two goals from Tevfik Gokensel and one each for Ayo Olukoga and Kyle Carvell.

Olukoga caught the eye with his running and pace and he was a constant thorn in the Saints rearguard, never giving them a second's peace.

It was the striker's persistence that led to Gokensel's second goal, Olukoga pressurising the Saints goalkeeper and allowing his team-mate to prod the ball home.

Ricky Tavard also impressed with his willingness to run after lost causes, and he was mightily unlucky not to score, with his fierce long range shot striking the crossbar in the second half.

Saints were not overrun, but they lacked any real punch up front and in midfield, though they drew level early in the second half, when Alex Ryan lobbed in a fine goal after a goalmouth scramble.

They did boast the considerable physical presence in the middle of the park of Alison Hiscoke, who towered over most of her team-mates but, all in all, Grafton were pretty comfortable.

"Kyle Carvell was man of the match," enthused Martin Nicholson, coach of Grafton.

"He was very good today and showed a good touch all over the pitch. He laid the ball off at the right time. I think we deserved to win.

"They threatened with the long ball, but we always had the edge. St Joseph's were very good too. It was a good game on the whole."

Nicholson's ebullience was justified since Grafton were worthy winners and might have scored more goals, Gokensel almost grabbing his hat-trick when his thumping header came crashing back off the bar.

Mention should also go to the courageous Liam Bennett, who played 20 minutes for Grafton in this match despite having undergone a heart transplant two years ago. He was an inspiration to his team-mates.

Spirit and determination from both teams made the game an enthralling spect-acle and both played their part to the full but the joy was Grafton's as they lifted the Dagenham Trophy in front of their proud coach and parents.

Grafton: Carvell, Duke, George, Williams, Bennett, Bradford, Gokensel, Olukoga, King, Mahal, Bowden, Fagg, Johnson, Tabard, Killey.

St Josephs: O'Connor, Alozie, Hiscoke, Everett, Musa, Curtis, Ryan, Egualeona, Bonner, Addae-Caesar, El Gorrou, Taylor, Lock.


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