NTC make it to Academies Cup Final
Kent Schools Academies Cup Semi-Final
The football academy at NTC has not had the best of luck in this trophy since it was created 3 years ago for the best football academies in the county. Despite not having the luck in the league they were considered underachievers in the cup due to two consecutive runners up places in the league. However this year there has been a role reversal, as they have been incredibly unlucky in the league due to injuries and illnesses but that team spirit shone through in the cup semi-final.
They entered the game as underdogs due to the positions of the two schools and being away to Wrotham who had previously beaten them 6-2. The game started very nervously for both teams as they knew what was at stake, a place in the final of the counties’ most competitive cup. The chances were few and far between and it was the goalkeepers who were outshining everyone. Half time and the score was 0-0, it was not until the second half the game opened up and unfortunately it was Wrotham that opened the scoring with a well worked goal. NTC regrouped and changed tactics and it appeared as if it wasn’t working until the last 2 minutes Todd Waters raced through and chipped the goalkeeper to make it 1-1. The team were overjoyed and confident as they continued to press despite being the underdogs into extra time, the looming penalty shootout was something both teams wanted to avoid. In extra time a penalty decision was turned down for NTC but in the resulting attack for Wrotham they were awarded a penalty and it was them versus Cole Windsor knowing that they were one successful kick away from knocking NTC out. However, Cole filled the goal and went the right way and make a classy save , then with a single minute left on the clock NTC got a free kick. Instructions was to put it in the box and that is exactly what they did and it landed at the feet of Todd again after a deflection. He hit it low and hard and into the net. The referee tried his best to give Wrotham a chance by playing 6 minutes stoppage time but the held on and made sure they were through to the final where they look forward to playing Ravenswood a team that again they are more than capable of beating.