Year 9 Team Gracious In Defeat As Last Minute Goal Denies Them The Cup

The Tollbar Academy Year 9 Football Team, who made it to the Grimsby and District Cup Final, dominating the game, but losing 1-0 to Healing Academy.

Tollbar Academy Year 9 footballers were left heartbroken in their Grimsby and District Cup Final as they conceded a last minute goal to lose 1-0 to Healing Academy.

Tollbar made a positive start to the game and were playing some lovely football on an excellent playing surface. Although clear cut chances were at a minimum, Tollbar dominated and controlled possession. The first major opportunity came through clever wide play from Kobe Towill, who found space on the left and picked out Brooklyn Dennis, who hit the bar from close range.

As the half went on, Tollbar continued to press for a goal, but were met by resolute defending from Healing, resulting in Tollbar being limited to long range efforts. Hadley Gayler and Henry Moore were looking an extremely assured partnership in the heart of the Tollbar defence, snuffing out any potential counter attacks from the Healing attackers with ease.

Normal service resumed at the start of the second half as Tollbar again controlled possession and started to turn the screw on the Healing defence. Positive forward play from Brooklyn Dennis, Brett Gladding and Kobe Towill resulted in Tollbar gaining a series of corner kicks. The first corner was headed by a Tollbar player and forced the Healing goal keeper into making an excellent point blank save, which caused a mini goalmouth scramble, eventually being cleared for another corner kick.

From the resulting corner, another goal-mouth scramble occurred, triggering panic inside the area, but somehow a Healing defender managed to clear the ball off the line and away from danger. Harry Brown and Gabriel Woods replaced Harley Thompson and Kobe Towill to try and freshen things up in search of the elusive goal. With the game poised and the tension building it was looking like going into extra-time, but then came the ultimate agony for the Tollbar Academy players.

Healing played a long, hopeful ball upfield, which unfortunately ricocheted off one Tollbar player onto another and fell kindly into the path of the Healing striker, who rounded Scott Bingley in the Tollbar goal and slotted home in the last minute of normal time.

Obviously a very disappointing way to lose a game that they dominated from start to finish, but every Tollbar player showed immense grace in defeat and should be proud of their individual performances.

Man of the Match: Sam Wilkinson was excellent throughout, controlling the game from centre midfield with his range of passing.

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Tollbar Academy Principal

Caroline L Yates
BA (Hons).

Tollbar MAT Chief Executive

David J Hampson