Here’s how Tuesday’s finalists reached the ESFA Playstation Schools’ Cup Festival:
Hurstmere School have their U13 Boys B team representing them at the PlayStation Schools’ Cup Festival. After a close encounter in the 1st round, Hurstmere stormed through the 2nd round with a 7-0 victory away to Rydens Enterprise School. A harder task faced them in the 4th round, with Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys taking Hurstmere to penalties with a 2-2- draw after extra time. Corbett-Smith, Jackson and Eldridge all buried their spot kick, taking Hurstmere through to the next round. Another tough task in the Semi-Final saw Hurstmere narrowly beat Haberdashers’ Aske’s Knights Academy 1-0 with Ash scoring the crucial winning goal.
Stanley High School
Stanley High School U13 Boys B team will be representing at the PlayStation Schools’ Cup Festival after a goal-filled campaign. Two 5-1 wins in the early stages of the competition led Stanley High School in good form into round 4. They were tested with a tough away match against St Francis Xavier’s College but prevailed with a 2-1 win. This tough reserve was on display again in the Semi-Final, with Stanley High School clinching a 3-2 victory in extra time.
The Whitgift School Under 13 team enjoyed comprehensive wins against Bishop Challoner RC Sports College, St Gregory’s Catholic School before winning a 7-4 thriller at home against Mossbourne Community Academy in which Musiala scored a first half hat-trick. Musiala continued his fine form in the 8th round, scoring eight goals in the second half in a 10-0 victory against Ivybridge Community College. After a closely contested Semi-Final saw a 3-2 victory against Nene Park Academy, Whitgift Under 13 Boys will be a tough opponent in the U13 Boys’ Cup Final.
Thomas Telford School has two teams competing in the 2nd day of the PlayStation Schools’ Cup Festival. Here’s how their U13 Boys’ and U13 Girls’ teams made it to the final:
Another strong Thomas Telford side, the U13 Boys team started off their campaign with a 9-0 victory against Oldbury Academy, with Jack Hodnett scoring a first half hat-trick. This fine form was carried onto the next two rounds with two 12-0 wins against Blythe Bridge High School and Sixth Form and Erasmus Darwin Academy respectfully. Thomas Telford U13 Boys boasted an incredible defensive record, conceding only for the first time in the 6th round in a 7-1 victory against Sourport High School & 6th Form Centre. Perseverance then got them through the next round, winning 5-4 on penalties against The Oxford Academy. The Semi-Final saw a spirited comeback by Thomas Telford, beating Meadowhead School 2-1 after trailing 1-0 in the first half.
After a solid start, Thomas Telford U13 Girls team faced tough opposition in the 3rd round, overcoming Hadley Learning Community School and winning 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw following extra time. Another narrow win in the 4th round followed by a convincing 6-0 win at home to Whitecross Hereford meant Thomas Telford were gaining momentum. After a couple of closely contested games, Thomas Telford came back from 3-2 down at half time to win 4-3 against Our Ladys RD High School in a thrilling Semi-Final match.
Shenfield High School
Much like the girls’ team, the U14 Shenfield boys team faced tough opposition in the first few rounds, narrowly winning 1-0 and then being taken to extra time by St Edmund’s School in the 3rd round. Deniro Pinto put on a stunning display, scoring all 4 goals, including his extra time hat-trick, finally taking Shenfield to a 4-1 win after extra time. Picking up form and enjoying more convincing wins in the following rounds, Shenfield High School faced Carisbrooke College in the semi-final. Pinto contributed with a brace whilst Defries scored their third and final goal, securing a 3-1 win.
Stretford Grammar School
A thrilling 3rd round tie set precedent for a goal-filled campaign for Stretford Grammar School, winning 7-5 away at home to Ellesmere Port Catholic High School with Che Booth registering 5 goals. Stretford then went on to win 8-1 with another impressive performance from Booth, scoring his second hat-trick of the competition. Booth and Stretford continued their fine form into the 6th round winning 4-0 at home to Bishop Barrington Comprehensive School with another Booth hat-trick. Their resolve was tested in the Semi-Final, grinding out a 0-0 draw after extra time to Humphrey Perkins High School & Community Centre, eventually winning a thrilling penalty shoot-out 6-5.
St Ivo School
St Ivo’s U13 Girls’ team enjoyed a comprehensive victory in the 1st round, winning 12-2 with an impressive performance showing that they will be a force to be reckoned with in the coming rounds. Continuing their unbelievable scoring rate, St Ivo smashed in 11 unanswered goals against Comberton Village College to take them to the next round. St Ivo met Gordano School in the early kick off Semi-Final, but easily defeated them with a brace from Abby and a goal from Tia, cruising through to the final with a 3-1 win.
Causeway School’s U13 Boys team breezed past the second round with a 13-1 win away to Battle Abbey School, with Thompson, Overton and Jordan Willoughby each scoring hat-tricks. A harder tie awaited them in the 3rd round, seeing Lingfield Notre Dame School taking The Causeway School to extra time, only for Causeway to win 4-3 on penalties. The Causeway School continued their solid performances with a 3-0 victory away to St Michael’s Middle School in the Semi-Final, securing a well-deserved place in the U13 PlayStation Small Schools’ Cup Final.
Clitheroe Royal Grammar School
The U13 Boys are representing Clitheroe Royal Grammar School in this year’s ESFA PlayStation Small Schools’ Cup final. A convincing 11-2 win propelled them into the 3rd round where they would score 6 past Bury Grammar School in a thrilling 6-2 win. Clitheroe U13 boys found themselves 2-1 at half time in the 6th round to Caistor Grammar School, only to stage a spirited comeback, eventually winning 5-3. This momentum carried them through the Semi-Final, winning 3-0 away to Our Ladys RD High School.