Haverstock edge cup-tie thriller
Under-12s side come from behind to beat Hackney Academy in the London Schools Cup
29 November, 2016 — By Steve Barnett
Haverstock’s hot-shot squad
FORGET Borussia Dortmund’s record-scoring Champions League game against Legia Warsaw on Tuesday night. If you wanted mouth-watering goal-action you should have seen Haverstock School take on Hackney Academy in the London Schools Cup.
There were only 12 goals as Dortmund beat their Polish counterparts 8-4, but there was a whopping 13 as the Under-12s side from the secondary in Chalk Farm continuously came from behind to secure a pulsating 7-6 victory at Hackney Marshes.
Haverstock made a sluggish start and quickly found themselves 2-0 down, but they pulled a goal back through hotshot Mergim Krasnigi to keep themselves in the cup contest. Hackney scored again to make it 3-1 and restore their two-goal advantage. But the boys from NW3 were in no mood to surrender the game as they battled back to equalise thanks to goals from Shemi Blackwood Edwards and Jeremy Bungisa.
Keeping to the topsy-turvy nature of the game, Hackney responded by adding two more goals to their tally and taking a 5-3 lead. But a quick formation change and more pressing once again saw Haverstock level the scores with Krasnigi netting his second and Elijah Hall adding his name to an overwhelming list of goalscorers.
Hackney must surely have thought they’d won the match when they made it 6-5 with just minutes left. But far from it. Haverstock again equalised to make it 6-6 and force extra time courtesy of the goal of the game. Bungisa picked up the ball on the halfway line, and only had one thing in his mind. Instead of challenging the waiting defenders the striker outrageously and audaciously went for goal – leaving spectators standing in silence as his effort floated over the keeper and landed in the back of the net.
With the game heading for penalties there was still time for one more moment of drama. The clinical Krasnigi capped a man-of-the-match display by completing his hat-trick to earn Haverstock a 7-6 victory, and a place in the third round.