National ESFA/PlayStation Competitions
U13 Individual Schools Cup for Girls
Carlton le Willows 0 v 1 Thomas Telford
The fine run of the Carlton-le-Willows Academy Under 13 Girls’ team in the English Schools’ F.A. Play Station Cup ended on Friday afternoon when, after a determined performance, they lost 1-0 to Thomas Telford School (Shropshire) in extra time.
Carlton started the game on the offensive but could not trouble the Thomas Telford keeper and the visitors took control but they also struggled to find a finishing touch. Many of their efforts hit the side netting or were blocked by Carlton-le-Willows defenders and on the one occasion, they did break through, the pace of centre back Issy Lee rescued the home side. This was a major feature of the game as Lee was outstanding not only using her pace but also in tackling.
Thomas Telford continued to be profligate in front of goal in the second half, missing several chances when it seemed impossible to do so; strangely they were so off target that Carlton-le-Willows keeper, Lydia Rudge, seldom had a save to make as her team defended stoutly. The le-Willows side occasionally broke clear and pushed forward mainly due to excellent work of their captain Emma Goddard whose energy and skill stood out throughout the match. They created two second half chances for Eden Watley but unfortunately they fell to her weaker left foot and she ‘skewed’ them wide.
Neither side could break the deadlock in normal time but Thomas Telford finally found the net in the added period to win 1-0 and reach the quarter-finals of the competition Nevertheless, Carlton-le-Willows deserve great credit for their fine run to the last 16 from an initial entry of 314 teams.
U12 Individual Schools Cup
Bluecoat 4 v 3 Park Hall Academy
Bluecoat Academy have reached the last sixteen of the English Schools’ F.A. Play Station Cup at Under 12 level. They were involved in a thrilling game in Round 6 of the competition last week against Park Hall Academy from Solihull. Bluecoat made a disastrous start to the game and found themselves trailing 3-0 after only 20 minutes due partly to some sloppy defending but also to some great finishing by the visitors.
Bluecoat were encouraged by a goal by Javanne Smith and then brought the score back to 2-3 at the interval after Lorenzo Moore had scored their second. Bluecoat changed their formation at half-time, playing five in midfield, and they looked a stronger team as a result. Nevertheless, it took them until 10 minutes from time to score a crucial equaliser which was a brilliant solo effort from Javanne Smith.
The game thus moved into extra time which proved a very tense and often thrilling part of the game and penalties seemed likely when Javanne Smith scored his third goal of the game three minutes from the end of extra time to ensure Bluecoat’s place in Round 7 for which the Draw will be made this week. Bluecoat will be joined there by either Toothill (Bingham) or West Bridgford and must be hoping they do not get drawn against the winners of that tie once they are known later this week.