The Year 10 boys footballers progressed into the last 64 of the English schools competition after a very tough encounter at King James, Knaresborough.
Despite Garforth’s early possession, it was King James who had the better opportunities and they took the lead midway through the first half after a well-placed free kick from the edge of the area found the bottom corner.
Into the 2nd half and Garforth continued to dominate and were rewarded when Lewis T volleyed into the net after a corner kick was cleared to the edge of the penalty area. King James then came back into the match with a good spell of possession and were awarded a penalty which was dispatched. With time running out, Garforth continued to pile forward in search of an equaliser but should have fallen further behind when King James broke on numerous occasions, only to find keeper Connor F in wonderful form.
Finally, with the last play of normal time, Lewis T’s shot deflected off the inside of the post and rolled along the line to right back Luke S who smashed the ball into an empty net to take the tie into extra time.
With some weary legs on show, Garforth took the lead when the energetic James W played a neat one two with Brayden E-J on the edge of the area and slotted the ball beyond the keeper at the near post. King James then threw everything forward but Garforth held strong at the back and came away with the 3-2 victory.
Man of the match was awarded to Lewis T for his quality display in midfield. James W also worked tirelessly up and down an unfamiliar left flank and Connor F kept Garforth in the game with two top saves when the score was 2-1. On top of this, every single player who represented the Academy on Friday afternoon played their own part, which allowed Garforth to progress into the next round.
Well done lads!!