Forest U14s take home the Essex County Cup

The final, which took place at Grange Farm in Chigwell, resulted in a 3-1 win against St Martin’s School, Brentwood, and saw the boys become the first Forest team to take home the coveted cup.

While both teams fought hard in the first half, Forest had gained a grip on the game by the second, with the team demonstrating excellent technical ability as they moved the ball quickly and made full use of the space.

William Greenidge was a constant threat to St Martin’s on the left-hand side, and Forest won a penalty early in the second half which William slotted home.

Forest continued to press forward and won a second penalty, again after good work from William, who was taken down inside the box. For the second time in the match, William scored the penalty, giving Forest a two goal advantage. The game finished 3-1 to the boys, and Forest’s first-ever Essex Country Cup.

The win at Grange Farm concludes an outstanding season for the players, where they have won 24 out of 29 games, scoring an incredible 115 goals along the way – an average of over four goals per game.

Speaking after the win, Mr Adams said: “The boys fully deserved the trophy due to their hard work and dedication across the whole of the season. They are a great team made up of fantastic individuals who have the highest expectations of themselves both in training and matches.”

“They set an excellent example to the younger years at Forest and we are already thinking about next year and winning more trophies.”

The team’s win comes just one month after Forest’s 1st XI won the London Independent Schools’ Cup and the coveted Independent Schools Football Association Fair Play Award.