Greneway march into North Herts Cup last eight
Barclay School 1 Greneway School U-12 4 GRENEWAY S Year 7 footballers reached the North Herts Schools Cup quarter-finals with a fine victory at Stevenage-based Barclay, last Wednesday. The visitors could not have started better as Matt Brennan, Ellis Ki
Barclay School 1 Greneway School U-12 4
GRENEWAY'S Year 7 footballers reached the North Herts Schools' Cup quarter-finals with a fine victory at Stevenage-based Barclay, last Wednesday.
The visitors could not have started better as Matt Brennan, Ellis King and Mitchell Wooding created an opening for Kieron Willis-Wright to tuck the ball away after juts 28 seconds.
Superb passing and movement involving Harry Stafford, Ryan Bowles and Brennan created another gilt edged chance for Willis-Wright, but this time the Barclay keeper was equal to it.
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Against the run of play Conor Long produced a double save to keep Greneway in front.
Only some excellent defending by Will Silverosa, Jamie Seabrook and Purkiss kept Barclay at bay as the Greneway midfield began to have one touch too many - losing possession at key times.
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Gradually Greneway regained their composure and created further chances for Willis-Wright whose tireless running were a constant problem for the hosts.
The second half saw Greneway driving forward in search of the goals their superior play warranted.
Their first reward came in the 35th minute as Wooding drove home goal number two from the edge of the penalty area.
The third goal was a screamer from long range as Wooding found the top corner after good play from Bowles, Brennan and Willis-Wright.
Barclay to their credit fought back and scored a scrambled goal after Greneway failed to clear a corner.
Only a superb tackle by Purkiss stopped the hosts scoring again.
With eight minutes remaining Ashley Chapman, Max McLeod and Jacob Leighton combined well to find the outstanding Brennan.
He found the lively King who jinked past two defenders and found Willis-Wright.
His shot was parried and King passed the rebound into the net to wrap up the scoring.