By Tom Tabor
Four second-half goals took Hampton U12A footballers through to a place in the quarter finals of the Surrey Cup following a 6 – 1 defeat of Orleans Park School.
In heavy rain, Hampton fell behind early in the game from a long range free kick. Hampton captain Josh King then hit the crossbar.
However a curling left foot strike from Nicolas Herrero made it 1-1. From this point on, Hampton dominated possession and created many scoring opportunities.
The next goal came after the home team worked the ball out wide. A through ball to James Queen set up the goal with a powerful strike from the Hampton left-midfielder.
The rest of the half was mainly played out in the midfield, with few shots on goal. Half time arrived with Hampton leading 2-1.
The second half started with a decisive goal from the home side. From Sam Ellis’ goal kick Charlie Helm raced down the right wing and put in a dangerous cross. The ball reached the edge of the box where Jay Cairnes smashed in a half volley to give Hampton a 3 – 1 lead.
Two minutes later King, picking up the ball in midfield, dribbled past three defenders and struck the ball from outside the box to make the score 4 – 1. Herrero then netted a fifth as he placed the ball into the corner after a one-on-one with the keeper.
The game was now out of reach for Orleans Park but Hampton weren’t finished yet. A powerful shot saw the keeper parry the ball to the feet of newly promoted Savan Soni, who tapped the ball into the net for a 6 – 1 winning margin.