After beating Torquay Boys’ Grammar School in the previous round, Liskeard went into this game with a huge sense of belief that they could create an upset to send shockwaves throughout the country, although beating last season’s HUDL schools’ trophy winners would be no walk in the park.

The game started with Millfield on the attack and for 15 minutes Liskeard’s back line defended brilliantly. However, the deadlock was broken when the Millfield right winger arrived into the box late to cleverly half volley home a cut-back into the bottom left corner. Liskeard brushed themselves off and wasted no time in responding. Samrat Humagain used his pace to get on the end of a hopeless ball played forward before being mauled down by the Millfield number one just inside the penalty area.

Captain Max Gilbert grasped the ball and calmly converted the resulting penalty into the bottom right corner of the net. This appeared to be the lift Liskeard needed as they began to pile pressure onto the Millfield back line. The ever reliable Gaynor played a brilliant ball into the feet of Gilbert who took a delightful first touch around his marker and surged down the right wing before picking out Humagain on the edge of the box who turned smartly past the final defender, and when faced with the goalkeeper rolled the ball across the six-yard box for Tucker to tap the ball into an empty net. Minutes before the break Millfield broke through the Liskeard defence with some intricate passing before the Millfield left winger beat keeper Gwillam at his near post.

The trend of the game continued into the second half with nothing separating the two sides until the sixtieth-minute when Delamare’s long range drive was deflected into the path of Humagain who, again, was brought down by the keeper. Like before, Gilbert stepped up and side-footed into the opposite corner – sending the goalkeeper the wrong way. With the pressure growing on Liskeard, they switched to a defensive shape however they couldn’t resist for long. Tim Ryan could do nothing as a cross drilled in by the Millfield winger deflected off his head and into his own net, levelling the score to 3-3. The closing minutes of the game were all Millfield and for a moment it looked although Liskeard would hold out for extra time but two late goals from Millfield broke Liskeard hearts as they crashed out of the cup.

Liskeard coach Jason Chapman said he was “proud” of his team and they showed “a great fighting spirit for one another against a high quality opposition”.


Article written by Year 13 student George Delamare.

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