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ESFA National Finals kick off for 2019 – U18 Elite Cup

ESFA U18 Elite Schools’ & Colleges’ Cup Final 2019 – this year’s finalists

The ESFA U18 Elite Schools’ & Colleges’ Cup final kicks off at 12pm on Tuesday 26 March at Blackburn Rovers’ Ewood Park. 

The finalists, who have battled through 6 previous rounds, in a competition featuring over 120 teams, will face each other for the final match of the season in Blackburn. Entry to the stadium is free for all students and Blackburn Rovers season ticket holders and only £4 for adults. Alternatively, you can watch the action unfold live via 

Balby Carr Community Academy (Doncaster)

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2019 will be the first time Balby Carr Community Academy’s U18s have reached an ESFA National Final in 10 years. The squad has averaged 5 goals per game, with just one clean sheet. They have conceded, on average 0.8 goals per game.

Route to the final:

Round 1 Balby Carr Community Academy 15 1 Minsthorpe Community College
Round 2 Balby Carr Community Academy 3 1 Barnsley College
Round 3 Balby Carr Community Academy 2 1 Bishop Burton College
Round 4 Balby Carr Community Academy 2 1 Brooke House College
Quarter Final Balby Carr Community Academy 4 1 Northgate High School
Semi Final Balby Carr Community Academy 4 0 Shipley College

Hartpury College (Gloucester)

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In the three years that the ESFA have been running the U18 Elite Cup, Hartpury have made it to the National Final twice, winning the 2016/17 title. Hartpury’s squad also features two players from the current England Schoolboys’ squad and one from the 2017/18 squad.

Route to the final:

Round 1 Hartpury College Bye    
Round 2 New College Swindon 0 6 Hartpury College
Round 3 Cadbury VI Form College 0 3 Hartpury College
Round 4 Hartpury College 4 3 Millfield School
Quarter Final Hartpury College 7 1 Bradfield College
Semi Final Barking Abbey School 1 2 Hartpury College

Good luck to both Balby Carr and Hartpury in this year’s National Final! You can keep up with all the ‘behind the scenes’ action via the ESFA’s Instagram and Twitter accounts (@SchoolsFootball) – and view the match live, online and for free at

Date: Tuesday 26 March

KO: 12pm

Venue: Blackburn Rovers FC, Ewood Park

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