Goalkeeper Saves then Scores to send New College Durham Football Team to National Finals
An outstanding performance from Harry Renwick of the New College Durham Men’s Football Development Centre team saw the talented goalkeeper save a shot, then score the winning goal during a tense penalty shoot-out at the AoC Regional Football Tournament on Friday 9 November.
The 7-a-side tournament, organised by AoC Sport, involved teams from further education colleges from across the region competing for a place in the National Finals. The contest consisted of seven round robin matches and the team with the highest point tally goes through to the finals.
After winning five games and losing one, New College Durham faced a final match against a Gateshead College team who were on the same number of points, meaning the winner of this game would qualify for the finals. It was a very close match and even after extra-time the teams could not be separated, so the game went to a penalty shoot-out.
The deadlock continued and at the end of the initial penalty shoot-out the teams were still level at 4-4. Sudden death penalties followed. As Gateshead’s sixth penalty taker stepped up to the spot, goalkeeper Harry spread himself across the goal and made the save which meant that if New College Durham scored the next penalty, they would win the tournament. With all of the team’s outfield players having already taken their penalties, it was down to Harry to step up to the mark.
Harry confidently placed the ball onto the penalty spot and rifled his shot into the back of the net to the delight of the New College Durham player’s and supporters. The win takes New College Durham to the AoC National Finals for their first time in their history.
Ronnie Thompson, Head Coach and Development Centre Co-ordinator, said: “I’m so proud of both the Men’s and Women’s football teams and the way they have played throughout the tournament. They’ve demonstrated a fantastic team spirit, on and off the pitch, and have been so resilient in their attacking and defending play.
We’ve played in this tournament over the past few years and we’ve gradually got better and better, it’s fantastic to see how far we’ve come as a sports college to be able to compete and win a tournament of this standard.”
The team are now looking forward to the National Finals which take place next year in Nottingham.
New College Durham has development centres for both men’s and women’s football. Players receive professional coaching, the opportunity to play in local, regional and national competitions and gain nationally recognised qualifications in coaching and affiliation.
Members of our Men's Football Development Centre, in partnership with Newcastle United Football Club, receive 10 hours of professional coaching and training per week.