KING EDWARD VII SECURE DRAMATIC CUP SUCCESS!
The King Edward VII Year 10 boys football team won the County Cup in a dramatic back and forth game against Thomas Estley, eventually triumphing 6-5
The result secured the college's first County Cup win since 2010 when Captain Ryan Foster's Year 10 team secured the hat trick of District League, League Cup and County Cup in the same season.
King Edward VII started well, with current captain Kyle Jardine and Luke Aldridge forcing early saves from the Estley keeper and Connor King firing just over, before a stonewall penalty gave Estley the lead. However King Edward VII roared back into the game with a fantastic strike in off the crossbar from Cam Reeve, before pressure from King and Jardine forced the Estley keeper into a mistake and Jardine made it 2-1.
In the second half, Jardine raced onto a great ball from Cam Reeve and slotted home under the keeper for 3-1. An own goal made it 4, and after a quiet first half, Hugo Jinkinson came to the fore and rose highest to head home a corner for the fifth goal. A freak goal from a cross that went straight in brought a quick reply for Estley, but Jinkinson once again was sharpest in the box from a set piece to steer home a 6th goal for King Edward VII.
Thomas Estley started to go direct and almost pulled off a comeback. A debatable penalty against George Leeland made the score 6-3, and the previously solid King Ed defence started to wobble. A lapse in concentration from Dev Upton allowed an Estley player to fortuitously lob keeper Callum Matchett for 6-4, and then poor marking from a set piece allowed an Estley player a free header and it was 6-5 with a few minutes still left to play.
But King Edward VII managed to hold on for the dramatic win, and bring the cup home to Coalville. The boys were absolutely shattered and barely celebrated the win, fatigued but also disappointed by the poor end to what was a good performance overall. Hopefully they will be raring to go for next season when they will look to defend the trophy and launch an assault on the national schools cup. The whole community is delighted by the phenomenal achievement of our Year 10 footballers.
Well done lads!