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Year 9 Football Team Wins Essex Cup Semi-Final

On Wednesday 13th March, The Ockendon Academy’s Year 9 football team won the Essex Cup semi-final, beating St Bonaventure’s school 5-3 on penalties after extra time.

Taking place at Aveley stadium, this was the academy’s first time in reaching the semi-finals which is a huge achievement for the students and teachers involved. It was a match that lacked goals from both sides, but each player held their own until the very end.

Weather conditions made play challenging, with few chances available to either side in the first half. The game opened up in the second half but no goals were scored. Both teams had to endure a further 20 minutes of extra time and, despite penetrating runs from Jack Hellen and Aleem Balogun, Ockendon couldn’t find that important goal which meant play had to go to penalties.

Kaelan Casey from Ockendon scored the first penalty, followed by an away goal. Four other goals were scored by Ockendon students, Kai Dennis, Rielly Johnson, David Roberts and Aleem Balogun who sent us into the Essex Cup final.

Both teams played brilliantly and the game was as exciting as it was unpredictable, with great sportsmanship throughout. The Cup Final will be played at Aveley FC on Tuesday 7th May, 2pm kick off.