Year 8s defeated in cup thriller

SACRED Heart edged a seven-goal thriller to leave Dyke House College Year 8s nursing their wounds and a County Cup exit.

 

GOALS: Will Cain

SACRED Heart edged a seven-goal thriller to leave Dyke House College Year 8s nursing their wounds and a County Cup exit.

Even though the opposition coach admitted afterwards that they Hartlepool boys were unfortunate to lose, it was still Sacred Heart who progressed.

Considering Dyke House lost 6-3 last year to Sacred Heart, who also went on to win the competition by beating a very strong High Tunstall side in the process, this was a positive although disappointing result.

Dyke House started slowly and conceded a penalty within the first 30 seconds, and Sacred Heart converted.

But the home side battled and, after a superb through ball from Will Cain, Fin Smith confidently finished with his weaker foot.

Sacred Heart went on to score two more before half-time meaning we went into half time 3-1 down.

A change of formation and a substitution made a huge difference. Alex Harper showed excellent strength up front after being brought on and was able to hold the ball up for players to support around him.

Cain scored a fantastic solo goal, beating numerous players, before striking from 20 yards right into the top corner.
Two minutes later Cain managed to beat another defender before being brought down in the box and he slammed the resulting penalty into the top corner.

Dyke House dominated the rest of the game and somehow missed an open goal from five yards when Harper was concerned about heading the post rather than the ball.

Sacred Heart scored a late winner when a cross-turned-shot and somehow found the top corner of the net.

Dyke House rallied late on but couldn’t find the equaliser in an entertaining game neither team deserved to lose.

BY DYKE HOUSE REPORTER
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