The Dagenham-based school came out on top in a thrilling encounter with Shenfield High, who had taken the lead earlier in the second half through Kane Adams to build on Charlie Portway’s first-half equaliser. Ryan Phipps gave All Saints an early advantage and Edobor sealed victory with a stunning half-volley eight minutes from the end.

An incredible opening to the match saw both teams convert within the first 6 minutes as they sought the early initiative. All Saints striker Phipps raced through on goal with just 3 minutes on the clock and dispatched a low finish into the bottom corner beyond goalkeeper Tom Melish. But Shenfield, no strangers to national success themselves as a school, levelled when a foul in the area enabled Portway to bury his penalty down to the goalkeeper’s right.

The game then settled down somewhat, with a couple of headed efforts and a volley sent towards the All Saints goal while Shenfield absorbed a long-range attempt at the other end. There was a decent chance for Shenfield to grab their first lead with four minutes of the first half remaining but, when a diagonal pass from the right bounced beyond the far post, Portway was defeated by the slight angle as he found the nearside netting.

However, Shenfield did grab a deserved advantage eight minutes after the interval. Adams monitored the ball on its way from right to left and controlled ten yards from goal before ramming low into the net. The three-times Robert Cook Cup champions conceded just six minutes later, though, when a dead ball was dropped into the goalmouth where a firm Edobor header from a few yards put All Saints back into the tie.

All Saints, winners of the same competition as recently as 2009, pressed for a winner and went incredibly close on 65 minutes when another thumping header from similar range crashed against the underside of the crossbar from inside the goal area. Nevertheless, their third in the 71st minute was worthy of winning any match as Edobor’s controlled, long-range dipper flew over Melish and under the crossbar.

The Shenfield boys should be proud of their achievements and now start to see how hard work on the training field can pay off.