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ESFA National Cups

ASHFIELD JOIN RUSHCLIFFE IN A NATIONAL SEMI-FINAL

Ashfield School’s Year 9 boys’ squad joined Rushcliffe in a national semi-final of an English Schools’ National Cup by defeating Huntingtion School from York 2-1 on Wednesday. In their case, it was in the ESFA Play Station Open Under 14 Cup.

Ashfield made a positive start and created some good early chances but the Huntington keeper showed why he has been picked up by Leeds United with several outstanding saves. Huntington took a surprise lead after 30 minutes in their first attack of the match when a good run down the right and cross by one striker was converted by his partner.

The visitors kept their lead until the interval but Ashfield soon equalised when captain Sam Geeves delivered a fantastic cross from deep on the left that was followed by an equally fine header from Tyreace Palmer who met the ball just ahead of the keeper. Ashfield were now on the front foot and went ahead when Brandon Keeling picked up the ball and fired a fierce, looping left foot shot just over the head of the keeper into the net. Ashfield had several more chances to settle the game but their 2-1 win was enough to put them through and into the semi-finals.

BLUECOAT UNDER 13 GIRLS

The Bluecoat Girls went into their game in the last 32 of English Schools’ F.A. PlayStation 9-a-side Cup on the back of an 8 match unbeaten run in both League and other Cup competitions when they met Brockington College from South Leicestershire. They started the game slowly and a rare lapse in concentration in defence saw them concede an early goal but they gradually got into their stride, drawing level through an Eniola Folorunso goal. Three minutes later a great run from inside her own half from Summer Reece ended in a second goal to put Bluecoat into a 2-1 lead. However, Brockington equalised just before the break with a brilliantly worked set piece.

Early in the second period, Bluecoat again went ahead again thanks to a rocket shot from Annelise Daniel but the ‘see-saw’ pattern of the game continued with a well worked goal by Brockington in the 40th minute which made the score 3-3. Both sides continued to look better in attack than defence and it was Bluecoat who went ahead again through Asante Khamula, Bluecoat’s player of the match.

This encouraged Brockington to change formation into an even more attacking mode and despite some good defending by the home side, they could not stop the visitors’ equaliser scored by their captain by a great strike into the top corner. This took the game into extra time.

The same player scored a similar goal to put her side into a 5-4 lead from a free kick awarded on the edge of the penalty area which was the signal for Bluecoat in turn to change their formation to press for a leveller but in the last minute, Brockington broke away to settle a very exciting game 6-4 and progress to the last 16 of the competition.

The Bluecoat girls represented the school and the county very strongly and on another day could have won the tie which was a fine advert for girls’ football.

RUSHCLIFFE INTO NATIONAL SEMI-FINALS BUT EXITS FOR GEORGE SPENCER, TOOT HILL AND BLUECOAT

Congratulations to Rushcliffe School who reached the semi-final of the English Schools’ F.A. Premier League Open Under 16 Cup with a 3-0 win over Oakwood Park Grammar School (Kent) last week. This is the competition in which schools can field as many players as they wish who attend the Academies of Football League and Premiership clubs. Si

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