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Verulam Year 9 continue their football success with County Cup and National Cup wins. They began with a repeat home fixture from last year against Icknield in the National Cup. The first half was fairly uneventful apart from the goal which Uthmaan Khan finished nicely at the back post from a rebound. The second half started of well with the relentless pressure by Verulam paying off with a further two great finishes by Thomas Galvez and Rudy Ashenden. Quickly followed a further two goals scored by man of the match Will Andiyapan. The score line finished 5-0 and Verulam progressed into round 3 where they again drew Luton based opposition this time away to Lea Manor high school.

Verulam drew Queens School from Watford in round two of the County Cup. Having played them earlier in the season in a Saturday morning fixture, Queens went into the game with confidence having beaten a B Team with a few A Team players 7-1. The match was tight and very even where no team really dominated. An early chance for Harrison Shaw lead him past the defence. With pace he crossed it into an open box. Although no one was on the end of the cross, an early warning sign for the defenders of Queens that their number 9 was on the hunt. A great pass from Charlie McDonald lead to Harrison Shaw being in behind, controlling it in front of the defender as he accelerated away into the box; the Queens’ defender brought him down and a penalty was given. Calmly, Harrison placed the ball into the net to make it 1-0
Verulam. Queens got a leveller to make the game at 1-1.

Another pass from Charlie McDonald lead to Will Andiyapan controlling the ball, almost a carbon copy of Harrison Shaw’s earlier goal, Will was brought down in the box. Again Harrison Shaw stepped up to the spot again and slotted it into the same bottom left as the first penalty.

Unluckily, one of Queens’ centre mids smashed a peach of a shot top right to make it 2-2. A quite uneventful later stage of the match lead to extra time.

Right at the start of the second half Queens’ centre mid lobbed the keeper right from kick off.
Minutes from the end, Will A crossed the ball in to Harrison Shaw who volleyed it into the bottom right of the box to secure his hatrick. At the end of extra time it was 3-3.

Penalties came and Queens took the first penalty each time scoring but this was matched by calmly struck kicks from McDonald, Shaw, Andiyapan, Johnson and Williams leaving the score 5-5 on penalties with still nothing to split the two sides. As the nerves built, with Queens taking first and scoring two more penalties, Clarke facing old demons and Woodford in his debut season both spotted home well. Queens then struck a penalty wide missing the goal. It was left to Frankie Ward, who had been inspirational off the bench to seal a win for Verulam, however when the match ball couldn’t be initially retrieved from the bushes behind the goal it was a nervy wait for Frankie. With everyone huddled together urging the ball to hit the back of the net, Frankie ran up with nerves of steel and slotted home a competent strike to seal the victory and send Verulam into the next round. Unsurprisingly Frankie Ward was a clear man of the match for his winning strike and great match performance. An away draw against Bishops Stortford High School in round three awaits the Year 9.

Mr O Giles

PE Department

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