Chapel’s boys win penalty thriller to lift county cup

Chapel-en-le-Frith High School's victorious under-15s boys team.
Chapel-en-le-Frith High School's victorious under-15s boys team.

A flawless display from the penalty spot saw Chapel-en-le-Frith High School’s Under-13s boys football side crowned Derbyshire champions.

Chapel defeated Frederick Gent High School 5-4 in a nail-biting penalty shoot-out at South Normanton FC’s ground to lift the under-13s trophy for the first time in the Long Lane school’s history.

Both sides had been locked at 3-3 after 90 minutes, and not even extra time could produce a winner.

Chapel’s coach Dan Turner said: “This was a fantastic result.

“I am so proud of the lads; they played brilliantly and really pulled together as a team. It was exciting stuff!”

Chapel, who had beaten a string of high class schools in the competition’s opening rounds, took charge from the kick-off, hitting Frederick Gent with some quick tempo football in a dominant opening ten minutes.

Several early chances were missed, before in the eighth minute George Clarey broke through and played a square ball to Joe Rowlinson who found the back of the net.

Frederick Gent, fielding a strong midfield which included two Derby County youngsters, hit back with two quick goals to lead 2-1 at half-time, and their Alfreton-based opponents added a third soon after the restart following some sloppy marking.

A resurgent Chapel now pushed forward in the hunt for goals.

With Ethan Padden and Jacob Winfield in the centre controlling the play, a through ball to George Clarey saw him reduce the deficit, and with five minutes remaining he bagged his second with a neat flick over the keeper to force extra-time.

With no further goals, the match went to penalties. Chapel netted each of their five spot kicks, with a great save by goalkeeper Jack Meadows proving the difference in the 5-4 victory.