May 31st


Schoolhouse are the new holders of the Norfolk Sunday Senior Cup after coming from behind to beat Yarmouth Side El Sol 4-2 in the long awaited showdown at Carrow Rd, in front of a crowd of over 400.

El Sol were determined from the off, and an atrocious tackle on Brendan Burke in the first went unpunished. This seemed to shake the Norwich side as within three minutes El Sol took the lead with a close range header from Darren Cockrill. Schoolhouse gradually recovered from the early setback and Chris hall almost levelled when put clear, but his lob over the keeper landed on the roof of the net. El Sol were then awarded a free kick on the edge of the box, but the shot on goal brought a good save from Oliver Thompson. With Rhys Logan beginning to look dangerous and Tim Henery working tirelessly in midfield, Schoolhouse began to get on top and it was no surprise when the two players combined for Logan to fire home the equaliser three minutes before half time. This was an entertaining game of football and after the break it was Schoolhouse who started the quicker and it paid dividends as they went ahead. As with the equaliser, it was the same two players involved only this time it was Logan who burst down the right to the byline line and squared the ball back for Henery to sweep the ball home. Schoolhouse were now dominating and increased the lead after good work by Henery again saw the ball laid to Burke who fired home a glorious strike from the edge of the box. To the credit of the Yarmouth side, they pulled themselves together and started to press forward looking for a way back into the game, but the Schoolhouse defence superbly marshalled by Sam Watts and Elliot Lythgoe held firm until two minutes from time when Eddie Short scored from close range after a goalmouth scramble, to set up, a tense finish. With the fourth official holding up the board indicating six added minutes added time, Schoolhouse made light of their  worries, as Chris Hall robbed an El Sol centre back and raced on to add his sides fourth much to the delight of the Schoolhouse faithful.

A great win for Richard Brett’s side and one that was well deserved on an evening that produced good football from both sides