posted 5 Dec 2016, 00:48 by Phil Broughton
The Beloe Trophy, Surrey Cup Round 2
Wilson's School 0 Richmond Park Academy 2 The Year 11 football team successfully navigated a tricky away tie at traditional powerhouse Wilson's School to progress to the third round of the Surrey Cup. Despite an hour long journey to Wallington, RPA made a solid start playing down a sloping pitch, all the while having to navigate a rare British low hanging sun. The RPA back five of Kaine, Chris, Joel, Shafeeq and Rio were solid as a rock throughout, coping manfully with Wilson's strong and tricky front players. RPA put together some excellent one and two touch football to carve out chances for Dylan, Lewis and Kyle but it was talisman Mohamed who deservedly broke the deadlock with a turn, shimmy and finish into the corner, aided by a slight deflection. The hosts came into the game and applied some pressure, creating a couple of half-chances which were either repelled by excellent last ditch challenges or saves from Kaine in goal. As the half wore on Jake and Dylan began to influence proceedings in midfield, and Jordan and Lewis were able to deliver some excellent crosses. With the pressure mounting, RPA extended their advantage when Mohamed linked up with Jordan who fired expertly into the bottom corner at the second attempt.
Half Time: 0-2
The second half saw more of the same. RPA's defence held firm, now bolstered by Jay and the opposition started to get frustrated with each other. RPA created several chances to kill the game, but it was the hosts who exerted the most pressure as the half wore on, forcing two excellent saves from Kaine to preserve the clean sheet. Kyle led the line well and was involved in some great link up play but unfortunately couldn't find the finishing touch. There were a few scares in the final moments but RPA held on for a well-deserved win and a chance to host Glenthorne High School for a quarter final birth after Christmas.
Team: Kaine, Jay, Shafeeq, Chris, Joel, Rio, Lewis, Jordan, Dylan, Jake, Mohamed, Kyle, Skender, Valentinas, Connor