The sporting success story at saltash.net continues apace with the Under 14 girls’ and U 14 boys’ football teams both building on the outstanding achievements of the U16 girls’ and boys’ teams to also become Cornwall county Champions in 2014.
The girls’ 4-0 victory against Pool Academy on the evening of Thursday 24th April was made all the more special and rewarding as a result of the team playing two consecutive games of football during the afternoon of Tuesday 22nd April, including a semi final match against Callington Community college.
Coach, Emma Gue, was full of praise for the team and the dedication they have shown over the past year. ‘The girls were understandably tired by the end of the Final having played 3 tough matches in the space of 48 hours, but their excellence shone through and they were worthy champions. Particular praise needs to go to Captain, Siobhan Ellyatt, who has now played in both the U16 and the U14 winning County Cup teams.’
For the boys’ team, it was a thrilling final which took place against a strong Penryn side on the evening of Thursday 1st May. With the score 1-1 after extra time, the boys went on to win 11-10 on penalties. Coach and Head of PE, Rob Hawkins said, ‘The whole squad performance was incredible. Ben Holter the captain, Reece Kyffin, James Green and Alex Easson in goal were outstanding. The desire and effort to win this game meant they had to be at their best for a full 90 minutes of football. They went 1-0 down in the first half, equalised in the second and finished the stronger team. To top it all off, as the penalties went into sudden death every member of the team had to take one and they scored every one! Penryn hit the post with their eleventh attempt, then Alex Easson the goalkeeper took his penalty and scored.’
Reflecting on the sporting year as a whole, he added, ‘This has to be one of the most successful years ever at saltash.net. With two historic doubles to celebrate for the U14 and U16 teams as well as the U15 boys’ team becoming East Cornwall champions, the school’s reputation as a centre of excellence gets stronger and stronger. Well done to all players involved.’