U14 KENT SCHOOLS VS ESSEX U14 – G E KNOWLES TROPHY SEMI-FINAL
30th March 2019
As we arrived at Thamesmead we knew that we would have to give an amazing performance to reach our second final of the year. Essex are an extremely strong side but we knew we could get the win.
We started the first 15 minutes strongly by winning the first balls and competing well. We were piling on the pressure however we slowed down and allowed Essex back into the game after a number of set pieces and free-kicks that we had given away. However we dealt with them all and Henry Sworder made some great saves throughout the game. Against the run of play we countered from a corner to Essex as a long ball went up to Daniel Kanu who took it in his stride and slotted it into the bottom corner with his left foot.
We managed to see the half through without conceding and with Henry Sworder making some incredible one on one challenges and winning everything in the air from set pieces. We were 1-0 at the break but we knew we had a long second half to come.
We started the second half under pressure from Essex as they pushed forward however our defence stood strong and kept everything out. It was such an even game as we continued to attack and threatened their defence and we had some chances of our own as Daniel Kanu hit the post and their goalkeeper also made some great saves. Minutes went by and Essex continued to look dangerous as they went forward but we stood strong as everyone put a real shift in and kept the pressure at bay. The full time whistle finally went and we had won 1-0.
This has been an incredible season. Everyone in the team has played their part. We have fought, battled and remain undefeated.
We can’t wait to travel to America and play in the Dallas Cup in April. We then go on to the National Final against Merseyside in May and the final of this trophy.
We would like to say a huge thank you to James, Chris, Richard, Niall, Mr Raines, Mr Harding and all our parents, family and friends for supporting us today and at every game that we have played.
By Jack Beerling