Newham’s under-15 district boys battle to famous National Cup victory over St Albans
PUBLISHED: 12:00 29 November 2016
Terry Bobie Agyekum’s squad produced brilliant performance to earn dramatic success in Hertfordshire
Newham’s under-15 district squad booked their spot in the last 16 of the National Cup with a sensational extra-time victory at St Albans despite playing with 10 men for most of the second half.
Terry Bobie Agyekum was beaming with pride at full time, especially after playing with a makeshift goalkeeper for long periods in Hertfordshire.
Jordan Adeyemi opened the scoring for Newham after they had travelled over an hour on Saturday morning.
Captain Desharn Felix exchanged passes with Tony Shaw before Matthew Ughelumba crossed in for Adeyemi to head home.
The rest of the first half passed by without note, yet there was plenty of drama after the break.
Newham’s goalkeeper received a harsh straight red just 10 minutes into the second period after coming together with a St Albans forward and captain Felix took over between the sticks.
The adversity didn’t deter the boys in red with Ughelumba producing a moment of magic to double their lead.
St Albans players were left shocking after the Newham talent dribbled past three opponents before slotting into the net.
Bobie Agyekum’s team unfortunately couldn’t hold out with the Hertfordshire outfit scoring twice from set-pieces.
Extra-time was required and Junior Rene showed his class with a sensational strike to give Newham the lead.
Rene picked up the ball on the edge of the area and smashed in a thunderbolt of a hit to silence the home crowd.
Kassim Aidoo helped the 10 men of Newham hold out for the remaining few minutes and progress from the third round.
It was an astonishing display by the under-15 district team and puts them on the brink of history in the National Cup.
“This is undoubtedly one of the toughest games the boys have played in,” said a delighted coach Bobie Agyekum.
“I’m extremely proud of every single boy who represented Newham! Kasim, Junior and Matthew were the stand out players these boys literally covered every blade of grass to ensure we left Hertfordshire victorious.”
Newham: Tony Shaw, Jordan Adeyemi (Royal Docks), Desharn Felix (Cumberland), Junior Rene (Tunmarsh), Matthew Ughelumba (Rokeby), Ebube Agu, Kassim Aidoo and Jamal (St Bons), Paul Sagoe (Langdon), Mason Deegan, Joshua Junaid and Jyotirmoy Paul (Brampton Manor Academy), Abubakar Sharif (Lister Community School).
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