By Oscar Murphy
Hampton’s young 1st XI edged past Alleyn’s 1st XI, coming from behind for a 2-1 victory in the semi-final of the Trinity Cup
Hampton fell behind to a strong Alleyn’s side but a powerful fight-back in the latter parts of the first half and throughout the second saw them scoring two goals to narrowly secure victory.
Hampton began the game slowly and Alleyns scored with their second attack only a few minutes into the game.
A strong spell from Alleyns drew an excellent save from the Hampton keeper. This kicked Hampton into gear as they started to turn the tide of the game late in the first half.
An impressive run from Thomas Banks saw him weave his way into the box to cut the ball back to Theo Radicopoulos who smashed it home to leave the score 1-1 at the break.
Hampton emerged dominant in the second half, looking for what could have been the winner.
A pin-point long ball to Alasdair Bolling created a good chance for him to muscle his way down the line.
A low cross once again provided Theo Radicopoulos with the opportunity to show his quality with a stylish flick into the bottom corner.
From here, Hampton were able to confidently shut down the game by dominating possession. Alleyn’s struggled to get a shot in during the second half.
Speaking after the match, the Hampton captain Tom Hudson explained what the win meant: ‘I was very grateful to the younger boys who put in a performance to be proud of, which meant the team progressed to the next round, to be played by the U6.’
Hampton will challenge Dulwich for the Trinity Cup in the final in a few weeks – a trophy that they will love to win before they leave the school.