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Boys suffer penalty heartbreak

Woodlands come out the wrong side of a 5-4 penalty shoot out in a tense and exciting affair in the first round of the cup.

In a evenly matched and very competitive game, Hopton took the lead with 3 minutes on the clock. Woodlands then scored two goals before the break, both by Callum B. The second was a wonderful team goal. Callum F in goal played a short pass out to Finley, who found George to his left. George drove forwards and fed a pass into the feet of Callum, who, in one touch, sprayed the ball to the left wing to Jacob. Jacob took the ball down the line and crossed perfectly onto Callum's head, and he made no mistake with a superb header. A goal that would not have looked out of place in the Premier League!

The second half was again even, Hopton netting the equaliser on the counter attack to send the game into extra time. Extra time was a cagey affair - Woodlands hit the crossbar with two minutes on the clock to groans from the spectators!

So to penalties - and an extremely high standard on show. All but one penalty was scored as the boys held their nerve. Congratulations to Hopton on a fantastic game.

In a friendly match that was being played at the same time - Woodlands B beat Hopton B 6 - 0 including goals from Christian and Joe - the Year 4's beginning to make their mark.

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