Brave effort from Monk's Dyke as cup charge ends
MONKS' Dyke Tennyson College's Year 8s bowed out of the English Schools Cup – but only after a thrilling last-32 battle.
The team kicked-off the competition last year, along with 700 other school sides from across the country.
After many postponements due to adverse weather conditions, the match between Monk's Dyke and Malet Lambert from Hull, finally went ahead.
It was expected that it would be a challenge for the MDTC team as their opponents were last year's runners-up in the tournament.
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However, the Louth side approached the match with a positive mindset and pushed the Malet Lambert boys all the way.
The away side went 1-0 ahead early on, but this did not unsettle MDTC – they continued to battle and had a couple of good opportunities to equalise.
They also defended tirelessly and denied Malet Lambert any further chances to score until the final nine minutes of the clash.
But, towards the end of the match – and with Monks' Dyke chasing the game – their opponents broke through and scored twice more, making the full-time scoreline a flattering 3-0.
Mr Wright, MDTC's head of PE and team coach, praised the team's performance following a superb cup run.
He said: "We did really well to hold the runners-up from last year and this experience will only help our team in future matches.
"Against teams from bigger areas you have to take your chances, be tight at the back and have a bit of luck.
"I am very proud of the MDTC team getting to the last 32 in the country in this tournament – they should hold their heads high."
The talented side have also been on the charge in the County Cup, racing into the semi-finals.
Find out how Monk's Dyke Tennyson College got on against The Priory School from Lincoln in the last four, in next week's edition of Young Stars.