Captain Finn Sansom discusses the game and looks forward to the Boodles Semi-Final - Shrewsbury's second in five years - which will be played at home against Queen Ethelburga’s, York on Wednesday 5th February:
The match against Brentwood School began with a cagey first quarter, with both teams struggling to find the necessary quality to break the deadlock. Following excellent play down the left wing, Luke Bourne-Arton crossed to Guy Gower, who headed in after a clever near-post run .
Shrewsbury enjoyed more possession in the second half and were rewarded with a second goal from Harry Cooke, who pounced after the goalkeeper parried a Luke Bourne-Arton shot.
Shrewsbury were cruising until a foul led to a free kick being converted from the edge of the box – a well-driven Brentwood shot under the wall. It was end-to-end for the last 15 minutes with neither team showing the necessary composure. Another free kick was awarded and converted – a powerful header – to take the game to extra-time.
Shrewsbury dominated the possession in the first period of extra-time, gaining their reward with a well-worked corner, deep to Owen Jones to head across to captain Finn Sansom, who headed home.
Brentwood had chances but failed to convert. Luke Bourne-Arton scored a deserved goal in the second period of extra-time, converting a 3:1 breakaway (98 mins). Finn Sansom capped a superb performance with a curled free kick (99 mins) to make it 2-5. Brentwood scored a consolation goal (100 mins) as Shrewsbury were thinking about the semi-final; at the final whistle the score was 3-5.