Cavendish School Year 9s romp to victory in the District Cup final

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The Year 9 boys have been celebrating at Cavendish School after winning the District Cup for the second time in three seasons.

The squad returned from their Barcelona tour over the Easter break full of confidence, having played seven games and won them all without conceding a single goal.

So it was perfect timing to play their cup final against Tring School.

The boys have excellent District Cup pedigree, having won the competition in Year 7 against Hemel School and ending up as losing finalists last year against Tring.

Cavendish were set on gaining revenge, following a comprehensive 4-1 defeat in last year’s final.

Cavendish started the game brilliantly, passing the ball with confidence and taking the game to Tring from the off.

It wasn’t long until the deadline was broken as Jackson Cowans pounced to slot the ball home and put Cavendish 1-0 up.

The boys continued to play attractive football but found themselves level at 1-1, with Tring scoring from distance against the run of play as a long range effort beat Harry Smith in goal.

A motivational half-time team talk by coach Danny Allen must have done the trick as Cavendish came out with renewed vigour after the interval.

A rare George Mitchell Gears goal from right-back put Cavendish 2-1 ahead and, shortly afterwards, an even rarer Kai Stonnell goal made it 3-1.

Stonnell doesn’t score often but he saved a special one for the final, gathering the ball in midfield before curling it perfectly from outside the edge of the box into the top corner.

With Cavendish now firmly in control, Mitchell Gears bagged his second goal and Cowans finished off the game with a breakaway fifth to seal the convincing win.