10 Goal Thriller as The Beacon into Semi-Final of the Therfield Cup
The Beacon Year 7 Football team met Winston Churchill School in the quarter finals of the Therfield Cup this week. With both teams undefeated this season, it was going to be a hard fought game.
The Beacon started well, passing the ball around nicely and creating a couple of chances. George Thompson chased the ball down well and forced an early defence error, narrowly missing the goal with a low wide shot. Winston Churchill’s first attack saw the first goal of the game when the ball was squared to the oncoming striker, who powered the ball past Alfie Brill.
The game was very evenly matched and the midfielders worked hard with a few chances spurned at both ends. The score was level when Freddie Smith played a neat through ball to Freddie Taylor, who calmly slotted it past the Winston Churchill goalie.
Freddie Taylor was on the score sheet moments later with a fantastic half volley, which flew past the helpless keeper and crashing into the roof of the visitors net. As the first half drew to a close Winston Churchill scored and made the score two a-piece. The two teams went to their respective coaches for a strategic talk at half time.
Prepared and ready to challenge, both teams showed their intent, Sonny Davies and Luis Ayres going close but unable to capitalise on their good second half start. Winston Churchill re-gained possession and the momentum shifted in the visitors favour, scoring two quick goals and taking advantage of a lapse of concentration at the back. The score was 4-2 to Winston Churchill with 13 minutes left.
The Beacon coaching staff made some tactical changes in order to push for the much needed goals. Within minutes, Ollie Tully was on the score sheet, latching onto a precise through ball and driving the ball into the back of the net. Motivated by this, The Beacon rose in confidence and put a string of quality passes together, culminating in Freddie Taylor’s hat trick and him levelling the score at four a-piece.
With only minutes remaining, both teams were eager to get the crucial next goal and Alfie Brill came into action, making some decent saves to keep Winston Churchill at bay. With the visitors pushing forward, The Beacon exposed gaps in their defence and Luis Ayres working hard on the left wing, chipped the ball onto a grateful Freddie Taylor to put The Beacon in the lead.
The Beacon sealed victory when Ollie Tully won the aerial battle in midfield and Sonny Davies flicked the ball home to cheers from the home supporters.
The game ended 6-4 to The Beacon. Well done to all players involved. Man of the Match – Jacob Evans who worked his socks off for the whole game!
Thank you to all parents who showed their support. We will await our next opponent for the semi-final…