A HAT-TRICK from player-of-the-match Lucas Harris helped Monmouth Comprehensive’s Year 9 boys football team into the next round of the Welsh Schools FA Trophy with a 6-3 win over a tough Ebbw Fawr.

The other goals came from Kian Davies, Ollie Heath and a class long-range effort from Jack Palmer. That followed an 8-0 win over Gwynllyw and a 2-1 victory over Lliswerry and next up in the Gwent semis they will play the winners of Crickhowell v Abersychan.The Year 8 boys missed out on all their football in Year 7, but are making up for lost time and are still in three cup competitions - the Welsh Schools Cup, the Gwent Cup and the Newport Cup.They beat Caerleon 4-1 in the second round of the Welsh Cup to set up a round 3 Gwent clash at St Albans and enjoyed convincing wins in the first round of the other two competitions.Year 7’s boys have just made it through to the next round of the Newport Trophy with a 4-0 win against St Julians, Newport. Great football was played by both teams in a highly competitive game with Rory Griffiths firing a hat-trick and Josh Tilke also on target, while Kenny Hurford was named man of the match for a superb defensive performance. They are also into the Gwent third round of the Welsh Schools, after a 5-0 win at Chepstow and a 3-0 win over Caerleon and next face the winners of Basseleg or St Julians.The Year 11 boys just lost out 1-0 to Newport in the Welsh Cup, while Llanwern had too much fire power for the school’s 1st XI, running out 7-0 winners.The girls have also been busy, with more than 30 turning up to weekly training, led by sixth form coaches Izzy Dennis, Emily Jame Simmons, Millie Malsom and Maisy Drew.The U15 girls fought hard in their Welsh Cup match before losing out narrowly 2-1 at home to Tredegar, while the U13s were just pipped 6-4 in a titanic battle at Caerleon.