College boys are out but not down after cup defeat

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THE manager of Milton Keynes College’s football team has paid tribute to his players after they reached the quarter final stage of the Schools National Cup competition before eventually losing in extra time.

Mark Walsh watched his side lose 4-1 to Hartpury College at Woughton on the Green, having equalised late on to force extra time.

A total of 256 teams first entered the competition back in August and reaching the last eight was a great success for the city college, with striker Alex Dixon finding the back of the net eight times in their five cup outings, including a hat-trick against Lincoln College in the fourth round.

Walsh said: “As you can imagine we’re all feeling deflated about the result of the game, but we’re proud of ourselves that we played the right way throughout the competition – sticking to what we believe is our footballing identity.

“Over the 90 minutes we were the better team, having more possession and creating more chances against a side that is considered to be the best footballing college in the country. The pitch was quite wet and muddy which didn’t help our style of play.

“I’m really proud of the players and can only reinforce what a very talented bunch of players we have here at MK College.”

They may be out of the National Cup, but the team still have plenty to play for this season. They currently sit top of their British Colleges League division with four wins out of five, and thumped Cambridge Regional College 8-0 to reach the second round of the League Cup.