Schools share shield after deadlock

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West Cliff and Ruswarp Schools shared the Barclays Shield final last Wednesday after they could not be separated after extra time.

The schools had decided that in the event of a draw, they would share the trophy between them to avoid the disappointment of anyone missing in the penalty shootout.

Both teams started the game at Caedmon College brightly with spells of attractive football on a very warm afternoon.

The fast-paced passing was difficult for both teams to cope with, fortunately at either end there was impressive goalkeepers.

Midway through the first half, a shot from Ruswarp’s Slater Jay rattled the crossbar only to be smothered away to safety by the West Cliff defence.

In return, the pace of Kobe Boocock found a gap in Ruswarp’s resolute defense to power home the first goal of the game on the stroke of half-time.

With an extra stride in their step, West Cliff pushed ahead for more in the fifth minute of the second half and won a corner.

Ruswarp cleared their lines and against the run of play, a pass to David Willison on the halfway line allowed him to break and beat the keeper from close range.

The remainder of the game was close but neither team capitalised on good spells of play. Extra time was played with five minutes per half, but the score remained 1-1 and the honours were split.