Beacon win County Shield


Congratulations to Beacon Academy U14 boys football team who were victorious in their County Shield Cup Final against Hazelwick School.

Back Row – Luke Thorns, Ronnie Austin, Sean Munro, Will Bentley, Finley Chapman, Charlie Holmwood, Dan Longhurst, Max Bowley, Mr Cottrell. Front Row – Josh Turner, Alfie Rawlins, Alfie Lambden, Jake Rutherford, Ollie Jones, Will Young

In his report Mr Cottrell, Assistant Head of PE, explains how the whole squad gave a superb performance to cap off a strong season:

The final day in April and a County Shield Final to savour for our U14 boys team. The sun was shining at the Sussex FA headquarters in Lancing in what was the perfect setting for the final against Hazelwick from Crawley, the very school that current England Manager, Gareth Southgate, attended.

Both teams began the game brightly but it was Beacon who broke the deadlock with strong play from Ronnie Austin on the left, firing in from close range. Beacon were looking threatening, creating chances when Ronnie won a penalty with dazzling footwork in the box. Captain Josh Turner made no mistake from the spot to make it 2-0. Jake Rutherford then made matters worse for Hazelwick showing great agility and control to beat his marker and produce a shot that was converted by Will Bentley with a well timed run. 3-0 to Beacon and looking comfortable until a miss timed pass from defence to midfield gave Hazelwick a chance back into the game, which they unnervingly took, to make the score 3-1 at half time.

In the second half Hazelwick came out of the blocks desperately trying to find the second goal that would have changed the momentum of the game. The game ebbed and flowed but neither team were taking their chances. That is until Ronnie Austin picked the ball up in the centre of midfield and unleashed a pile driver from 30 yards into the roof of the net to send the travelling supporters into a frenzy. The game was finally sealed when Will Bentley calmly rounded the keeper to slot in our 5th goal in the final few minutes.

A 5 star performance from the team and a fantastic way to end the season.



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  1. You don’t ‘win a penalty’ unless you dive, but you are ‘awarded’ it if the opposition fouls you, you only win a penalty by cheating

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