The 2017 ESFA PlayStation Schools’ Cup Festival got off to a fantastic start as five national champions were crowned at Derby County’s Pride Park.
It was a day full of fantastic goals, goalkeeping heroics and penalty heartbreak which gripped those in attendance and the thousands watching the live stream from home.
The day got underway with the Under 12 9-a-side PlayStation Schools’ Cup final between Thomas Telford and Northampton School for Boys. It was the former that would get their hands on the trophy as a hat-trick from Nath Fraser helped clinch a 4-1 win.
It was time for the girls next and a fantastic end-to-end encounter between St Ivo, appearing in their third successive Festival, and Chesterfield High School in the Under 13 PlayStation Schools’ Cup for Girls Final. The pair couldn’t be split in normal time with the game deadlocked at 1-1, and it was Chesterfield High School that prevailed in a tense penalty shootout.
The Under 12 9-a-side PlayStation Schools’ Cup for ‘B’ Teams was the third final to be contested, with Whitgift School edging out Wright Robinson School with a narrow 1-0 victory.
The fourth game of the day was the stand-out final, as The Oxford Academy and Ashfield School played some sensational football in the Under 14 Open Schools’ Cup Final. Watched by an online audience of over 10,000 people, Ashfield School emerged 4-2 winners in an absorbing encounter. While it was hard to take for The Oxford Academy, they were presented with their winners medals by Everton rising star Tom Davies who was supporting the tournament.
The final game also had a star viewer, with England and Man City captain Steph Houghton watching on fresh from her Women’s FA Cup win two days ago. However rather than receiving a trophy, Steph was awarding one as she presented South Hunsley School the Under 15 PlayStation Schools’ Cup for Girls after an impressive 5-1 win against Heathside School.