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Joel strike settles topsy-turvy cup tie

posted 2 Oct 2014, 01:12 by Phil Broughton   [ updated 2 Oct 2014, 05:38 ]
Surrey Cup - Round 1 
Wednesday 24 September 

Richmond Park Academy 4 St John the Baptist School 3 

Report by Mr Harrison 

Palewell Common was the venue for a closely fought, topsy-turvy cup tie between Richmond Park Academy and St John the Baptist School (SJB). After a long journey from Woking and a delayed kick off due to being stuck in local traffic, St John managed to shake off any tiredness in their legs to make the stronger start. The game sprung into life after 13 minutes, SJB's pacy centre forward beating the RPA offside trap to coolly finish in a one on one situation. The lead did not last long as RPA hit back instantly, Joel showing great pace and power to force his way into a scoring position, before blasting the ball home. SJB completed a remarkable sequence of three goals in three minutes, their centre forward again causing havoc in the RPA ranks. It is often said that the next goal is crucial in football and that was certainly the case in this match. Fortunately RPA grabbed a goal just before half time to force their way back into the match. Three minutes before the interval, Lewis popped up with a great finish.

All to play for at half time, RPA came out for the second half with a new sense of belief. Four minutes after entering the game, substitute Yasin equalised for RPA with one of his first touches of the game. The scores were level at 3-3 and all of the momentum was in RPA's favour. Joel capped a fine performance as the lone striker with a great volleyed finish for his second goal to put RPA ahead for the first time in the match on 43 minutes. With 15 minutes left, mature performances from Dylan and Vitor in central midfield, as well as some solid defending from the back four, RPA never looked like conceding again and secured their place in the next round of the cup.