On 13th February, the Year 10 football team fought tooth and nail to progress to the second round of the South Devon Cup, after a penalty-kick victory over Churston Ferrers Grammar School.
Despite some excellent, fluent, possession-based football by Paignton Academy, it was the home team who took the lead by one goal. However, conceding a goal seemed to breathe new life into the boys in blue and the team started to dominate the game as the result of some excellent attacking football. Nonetheless, they ended the first half a goal down.
In the second half, and after some exciting football, Ollie Groves created some space for Callum Nightingale to score an equaliser. As the match finished a draw, the game would be decided by penalty kicks!
After one penalty each, Paignton were 1-0 down. Jack Winsor equalised but Churston replied instantly to regain the initiative at 2-1. Ollie Groves took the third penalty for Paignton and scored to level the scores. Churston failed their third penalty, meaning that the score was deadlocked at 2-2 after three penalties per team. Jack Mogg confidently placed his shot to the goalkeeper’s right, but Churston replied once again to level the score at 3-3 after four penalties apiece. With both teams having just one penalty left, Adam Saxton calmly slotted the penultimate penalty of the match into the Churston net. The pressure was on for the next penalty kick. The calm sight of goalie, Ben Heal, was intimidating in itself, and this only added to the intensity of what could be the final kick of the game. As Heal continued to stretch his large frame across the goal, the ball found its way wide of the left-hand post. This meant that the final penalty shoot-out score was 3-4 to Paignton, who now eagerly wait to find out which team they will face in the second round draw.
Well done to all boys involved!