Balby Carr playing fields were once again swathed in Hall Cross red on Monday night as the annual Doncaster Schools’ F.A. Cup Finals saw our school represented at years 7, 8 and 9. The night was a celebration of Hall Cross success as it was an excellent achievement to get three sides through to finals night.
The Y7 team started and finished first with an overwhelming 6-0 victory over Trinity. This rounded off an excellent season for the team, as they played some outstanding football which demonstrated their progress since last September. The performance, one of the best of the season so far, is an encouraging sign for next season and beyond. Hall Cross found themselves 1-0 up at half time through a Trinity own goal. However, it was the second half performance that secured Hall Cross the title. Trinity under constant pressure finally began to wilt and the goals started to flow. Zain Davenport set the ball rolling with two goals supported by a goal apiece from Matias Mason and Will Wood.
The Y8 team had a hard fought, but ultimately comfortable, 4-2 victory over a resilient Balby side. The opposition took the lead early on and later doubled their advantage just before half time. Hall Cross had plenty of first half chances themselves which they failed to convert including a penalty miss that would have brought the scores level. However, Hall Cross lads kept their composure and their extra quality shone through after the break to lift the trophy for the second consecutive season. A hatrick from Alex Wolny and a goal from George Fisher saw the comeback complete.
Unfortunately, all three trophies couldn’t be delivered, but two out of three isn’t bad as the Y9s lost their game 2-1 to a strong Sir Thomas Wharton side. The team they had beaten in the final the previous season got their revenge despite their goal being under constant pressure. A mix of some resolute defending and poor finishing cost Hall Cross the victory. Although Dan Johnson’s goal gave Hall Cross hope, eventually time ran out and left the lads feeling frustrated.
It was great to see Hall Cross represented in three out of the four age group and every player was a credit to the school. Hall Cross have developed a culture of winning this competition, especially at years 7 and 8 who have won it for the last 3 and 2 seasons respectively. Hall Cross will relish the pressure to continue the success.