November 22, 2021
A promising teenage football goalkeeper with a safe pair of hands is determined to keep developing after reaching county trials. Northern Education Trust Dyke House Academy’s Shay Goodwin was rewarded for his excellent progress and performances for the town team by reaching the final stage of trials for the Cleveland Schools’ squad. The 14-year-old is part of the Dyke House Academy team that has reached the third round of the English Schools’ FA Cup and is due to face Whitby’s Caedman College after the half term break.
It has been an impressive period for the Hartlepool school nationally, with the Under-16s girls beating Easington Academy 7-2 to reach the fourth round of their equivalent competition. Shay’s performances have contributed to his side’s run, having secured a penalty victory over Monkwearmouth to progress and he kept a clean sheet in a 7-0 win against Easington Academy before that. “My confidence helped me reach the latter stages of those county trials,” said Shay. “I was playing for the Hartlepool Schools’ side and it has felt great to be playing and training in the county set-up. I was one of four goalkeepers in the squad after it was initially trimmed down to a smaller size.”
Shay plays for local grassroots club Pools Youth after years with Golden Flatts and he is yet to concede a goal in Division One for his latest side. He has played for professional clubs Sunderland and Middlesbrough in recent years and he would love to take that next step by playing for the county and by joining a professional club’s academy. Shay, who is part of Dyke House’s Elite Development Squad Sport Programme, said: “I would love to get a pro contract. That would be special. I enjoyed the county trials, got through the initial ones. I played a game and kept a clean sheet and then we faced a Middlesbrough FC side. It felt good and I know my family, my mam, dad and sister are proud.”
The former Stranton Primary pupil has impressed teachers with his approach and he really enjoys Maths, English and PE at school. Mr Joseph Palmer, the coordinator of the Elite Programme at Dyke House, said: “Shay has shown phenomenal character and resilience in his quest to achieve success in goalkeeping. He has had to overcome numerous setbacks en route to being selected as part of the Elite Squad. Shay’s progress is a credit to him for his hard work, determination and enthusiasm to be the best he can be.”
Shay started playing football when he was six and “tried it out in goal”. As part of the Elite Development Squad he is coached at Dyke House by former Middlesbrough and Sunderland player Mark Proctor. “It has really benefitted me,” said Shay. “He teaches us different tactics and ways we can play the game. Some of my best friends are all part of the school team too. It’s great to have them as teammates and hopefully we can keep doing well in the cups.”
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