Somers/Betteridge Cup joy for Francis Douglas

Last updated 05:00 31/05/2014
Alex Sturmer
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SCHOOL RIVALRY: New Plymouth Boys’ High School’s Alex Sturmer goes into challenge Francis Douglas Memorial College forward Jayden Taylor in the inter-school exchange 1st XI football match at the FDMC grounds.

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The Francis Douglas Memorial College first XI football team reclaimed the Somers/Betteridge Challenge Cup when beating New Plymouth Boys' High School 3-2 in their annual sports exchange match at the FDMC grounds on Thursday.

It was a hard fought match played in wet and windy conditions.

Francis Douglas had the best of the first half and scored in the 25th minute when striker Patrick Hay wriggled free and squeezed the ball into the far corner.

Boys' High, who had been on the back foot, levelled on the stroke of halftime. Captain Simon Gibson was hauled down in the box and got up to convert the penalty.

The second half started poorly, with neither side taking the initiative, the weather conditions not helping.

With 10 minutes left, Connor Hay found himself in space behind the Boys' High backline and chipped the keeper to make it 2-1.

Moments later Boys' High handled the ball in the penalty box and Francis Douglas took the opportunity to put the game beyond the visitors.

Gibson put the ball in from close range to close the deficit, but it was too little too late.

Boys' High won the other four sports exchange matches - the first V basketball 101-39, second XV rugby 8-5, first XI hockey 11-1 and under-15 rugby 27-7.

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