February 14, 2020
TWO Dyke House Academy teams sealed semi-final places in county cup competitions last week with excellent performances.
The Year 8s and 10s reached the last four of the Cleveland Schools’ FA Cup and the Durham County Cup quarter-finals, respectively speaking.
It was another fantastic afternoon for the younger of the two teams when they beat Monkwearmouth 1-0 just days after reaching the quarter-finals of the Elite National Cup.
The Year 8s, who travel to Grimsby this Friday for that last eight tie, beat Monkwearmouth courtesy of a Gene Steels goal – having lost 4-1 to the taller team earlier in the academic year.
Dyke House did have a late scare when Ollie Duthie had to make a goalline clearance to prevent an equaliser and extra-time.
That success arrived on the same day as the Year 10s overcame a dangerous High Tunstall team for the first time since stepping up to secondary school.
Team coach Mr Richardson had a good feeling going into the game with a near full strength team and they delivered the victory they deserved.
Some excellent pressure from Taha Aslim allowed Fin Smith to takeover and after shrugging off a defender he beat the keeper.
Josh Bell hit the second after his initial right foot effort was blocked, rifling an absolute screamer into the top right corner with his weaker left boot.
Sunderland AFC player Will Cain, excellent throughout, then beat two men before releasing striker Alex Harper, who lobbed a helpless keeper with a magnificent finish.
Before the half-time whistle was blown, Cain and Bell were again pivotal in winning the ball back and playing in Harper, who again made no mistake in beating the keeper.
High Tunstall responded to a stern word at the break and with around 20 minutes remaining pulled one back.
That sparked something of a comeback and a well taken second was followed by a converted penalty, which did raise hope of an unlikely comeback.
But in the end Dyke House held on to deservedly progress to the semi-final after delivering the best performance under Mr Richardson.
These victories followed other excellent wins for the Dyke House girls and the Year 9s recently.
Dyke House Year 10s: Aden Murray; Owen Clapham, Jayden Jackson, Ashton Sweeting, Joseph Fraser; Coban Ferguson, Will Cain, Joshua Bell, Taha Aslim; Fin Smith, Alex Harper. Subs: Ethan Bromley-Wilkinson, Joshua Griffin