Manchester City and England player John Stones visited St Matthew’s school
Manchester was the location for the third TOTR where the ESFA boys U12 PlayStation Cup friendly Match between St Mathew’s RC High School and St Patricks RC High School. Pupils were gifted with an appearance from Manchester City star John Stones. The Premier league star arrived ahead of the football game. Stones met and greeted each individual player of both teams before kick off.
John Stones explained the level of commitment and sacrifice that he dedicated to schools football and his career.
“I never thought I’d be playing professional football never mind playing in the Premier League,so I think its a big message to you guys and to everyone that’s got a dream.”
A bright start to the game for the visitors who almost took the lead early on but saw the home keeper dive to his right to tip a powerful shot around the post for a corner.
The hosts began to assert some pressure of their own as the first half was played at a frantic pace with the St Patrick’s keeper forced into making two saves before the break, the second of which saw the ball bounce back into his hands after he tipped the ball onto the post.
The second half saw the home side on top and pressing for a goal right from the re-start and they delivered three as they made their dominance pay.
The first goal came from a deflected shot after a goalmouth scramble followed by fine two strikes from the edge of the area to seal a 3-0 win on a bitterly cold afternoon in Manchester.
Credit to both sides for an entertaining match to round off an exciting day at St Matthew’s. Click Here to read the event write up.
The National Governing Body for Schools’ Football in England.