Gallery: Owen's battle back to claim trophy

PUBLISHED: 18:58 24 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:45 26 October 2009

The triumphant Dame Alice Owen's School Year 10 boys

The triumphant Dame Alice Owen's School Year 10 boys

YEAR 10 footballers from Dame Alice Owen have won the County Cup for the fourth time running by defeating WGC school Sir Frederic Osborn 1-0 in the final. The age group have won the county silverware twice before when they were in Year 8, then in Year 9,

Chas White

YEAR 10 footballers from Dame Alice Owen have won the County Cup for the fourth time running by defeating WGC school Sir Frederic Osborn 1-0 in the final.

The age group have won the county silverware twice before when they were in Year 8, then in Year 9, and now again in Year 10 to add yet more success to the Potters Bar school's excellently ran PE department.

They came up against a strong Lealands High School side, of Luton, in the semi-final, triumphing 3-2.

Trailing 2-1 going into the closing minutes, the boys displayed a never-say-die attitude which has been with them throughout the competition to snatch an unlikely victory.

Josh Thompson grabbed his second goal of the game to level the scores.

And it was left to substitute Adam Titmuss to secure a memorable victory.

Adam Cotton, head of boys' PE at the Dugdale Hill Lane school said: "It wasn't the best performance, and we conceded two soft goals, but the lads dug in and never gave up.

"They really don't know how to lose, and they fully deserved their victory."

In the final they were up against an organised SFO side in what was always going to be a close game.

The scores were tied goalless at half-time, with the Owen's boys finding the opposition resolute in defence, and a threat on the counter with Craig Arnett having a good game.

With 12 minutes to go, a lovely through ball from Josh Smith found its way to Chas White, who beat the goalkeeper with a deft left-foot lob.

After the game, Cotton was delighted with the efforts of the teenagers.

"It's a fantastic achievement made even more special when you remember that they have won this cup four times in three years," he said.

"They are a very special group of players, but credit is due to their parents and family who provide excellent support. I'm very proud and pleased."

Matt Newman was dominant in defence, and Cotton also pointed out the efforts of Josh Smith, who led by example and got the assist for the goal.

The team were awarded the special cup after their victory.

The first match of this competition took place during Queen Victoria's reign in 1900, and it is thought to be the second oldest schoolboy competition in the world.

This makes the achievements all the more impressive, with Cotton paying tribute to the winning side.

"They deserve this. They have wanted to win every game, and played so well.

"The squad is full of talented players, and it bodes well for the future," he said.


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