Dyke House Sports & Technology College

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Our year 10 team with Mr Whitehead after the County Cup win

23rd Apr 2018

Our year 10 team with Mr Whitehead after the County Cup win

DYKE HOUSE COLLEGE'S Year 10s are still on a high after becoming Durham County champions - by defeating one of the best teams in the country.

The hard-working and talented group of Hartlepool students edged out Monkwearmouth in the final of the Londonderry Cup at Durham's Maiden Castle.
It capped a memorable push for glory that started with the dramatic 3-2 win over Easington in round one.
There were then victories over English Martyrs (2-1), St Joseph's (penalties) and then St John's (2-0) away from home in the semi-final.
The final was always going to be a difficult challenge because Monkwearmouth reached the last four of the National Cup.
Team coach and Dyke House teacher Mr Adam Whitehead said: "The team have had a fantastic season this year. They have worked well as a team and shown a positive attitude throughout when things didn't always go their way.
"The team's success clearly demonstrated how 'attitude builds winners'. This trophy was well deserved and an achievement that should stay with the players for a long time."
The final was a tight game, with no clear-cut chances.
Dyke House had the better of the possession in the first half and the one or two half chances that were created. They never looked like conceding.
With 15 minutes remaining of the game, Monkwearmouth started to get frustrated with themselves and Dyke House used that to their advantage.
The ball was regularly played up to the big target man Sam Kelly, who was pushed all game in the back and eventually won a crucial free-kick.
Daniel Howe stepped up to place the ball down 22 yards out and he curled into the top left hand corner.
Monkwearmouth piled the pressure on and pushed men forward, but Dyke House stayed compact as a unit to win the Londonderry Cup for the first time with man of the match Mckellan Lines outstanding.
The team consisted of Harry Gray, Mckenzie Irvine, Connor Gales, Thomas Lea, Harry Berry, Mckellan Lines, James Anderson, Philip Angus, Jack Proudlock, Sam Kelly, Daniel Howe, Lewis Cowan and Brooke Newton.
Ethan Noble was missing for the final through Injury but played a big part in the cup run.
The Dyke House Year 10s are hoping to follow up that success by being part of the Hartlepool Schools final day this Wednesday at Victoria Park.
It promises to be an exciting day for the College with plenty teams involved at the home of Hartlepool United.
The Year 9s take on High Tunstall at 9.30am before Tunstall's Year 10s will face either Dyke House or St Hild's.
It is also High Tunstall against Dyke House in the Key Stage 3 girls (1pm), Year 8 boys (2.10pm) and Key Stage 4 girls (4.45pm). The Year 11 boys will then take on Manor or English Martyrs at 6pm.