Dyke House Y7s set up national last-16 date

DYKE House Academy’s Year 7s edged a thrilling nine-goal encounter in dramatic fashion to ensure they are the only remaining North-East team left in the English Schools’ Playstation Cup.

 

The Year 7 boys at Dyke House are flying

DYKE House Academy’s Year 7s edged a thrilling nine-goal encounter in dramatic fashion to ensure they are the only remaining North-East team left in the English Schools’ Playstation Cup.

Gene Steels struck a sweet free-kick late in the sixth round tie against Gateshead’s Kingsmeadow Academy to ensure the Hartlepool school will face a trip to Leeds’ Garforth Academy in the last-16.

To have reached that stage of a competition, from more than 600 entrants, is already an achievement in itself, and now the talented group is looking to keep up some outstanding form.

Dyke House started the stronger and after a couple of near misses Steels opened the scoring by slotting a lovely finish beyond the advancing keeper following a pinpoint ball from Shay Hackworth.

Even though Kingsmeadow looked a little shaky at the back they were certainly a talented team when they pressed forward and a great move ended in the equaliser.

Then the Tyneside team made Dyke House pay for two fruitless corners by taking the lead at the end of a well worked break down the right.

That didn’t last long, however, as just before half-time Hackworth scored himself when he burst into the area and slotted home following a square pass from Troy Horsley.

There was still time to take the lead before the break too. Within a minute Dyke House hit a third when the hard-working Frankie Coulson’s shot from the edge of the area was only parried and Horsley was on hand to convert the loose ball.

But Kingsmeadow’s response after the break was impressive.  They came out firing and dominated possession as they kicked downhill.

And when Dyke House conceded a needless corner, the resulting set piece was far too easily headed in from six yards.

The seesaw game had turned once again as disaster struck soon for the Hartlepool boys. A miss-hit shot squirmed past Alex Griffin and the visitors led be one with ten minutes remaining.

But Dyke House, driven on by captain Ollie Duthie, had not finished. They won a series of free-kicks in the final stages.

A Steels delivery was struck against the bar by Hackworth and those close by felt the ball had crossed the line but referee Mark Gale waved play on.

To the delight of the large crowd, Codie Young hadn't stopped to appeal and struck a great half volley into the corner after a half clearance.

That looked to have teed up extra-time but a foul on Coulson created one more chance for the home side with 25 yards to goal.

With all players in or around the goalkeeper, Steels stepped up and struck his sweet free-kick just under the crossbar to send the Dyke House boys into wild celebrations. 

There was still time for one last scare when a needless free-kick was conceded at the other end.

Almost every player was inside the box and, following a brave punch away from Griffin, the final shot was lifted just over the bar and Dyke House had sealed a place in the last-16 of the national cup.

BY DYKE HOUSE REPORTER
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