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Match Report: ESFA U18 ‘B Team’ Schools’ Cup National Final 2019

John Madejski Academy 2 – 0 Thomas Telford School

On Tuesday 2nd March the ESFA headed to Shrewsbury Town’s Montgomery Waters Meadows to feature the two Boys’ U18 National Finals, which showcased some of the best U18 schools footballing talents from around the country.


After 5 previous rounds and over 7 months of exhilarating cup matches, the finalists were confirmed as Reading’s John Madejski Academy (JMA) and Telford & Wrekin’s Thomas Telford School. With just the National Final remaining, the two teams battled it out to become National Champions!

John Madejski Academy (Sky/White)Thomas Telford School (Gold/Burgundy)
1Joe Whiter13Jon Acton 
14Ethan O’Kelly36Jason Harris
17Callum Rofle ©21Joshua Garrington
20Kaylum Barlow4Ethan Tiernan-Spratt
30Luke Donville12Joseph Byrne
25Denis Haxhiu6Joseph Richards
34Hassan Jibreel22Jamie Bolderston
35Kian Leahy18Steven Nicholson ©
48Nicky Heffernan14Joshua Smallwood
54Will Okine-Peters19Josef Pratt
56Richard Colley45Ryan Knott
18Joe Waight15Jahmaal Mclntosh
28Earl Amaglo24Joel Hodnett
23Haseeb Ali28Nathan Goodfellow
32Jack Charles1Luke Payton
40Muneer Fakih17Dante Bradley



Kick off – John Madejski Academy v Thomas Telford School

The second featured match at Shrewsbury Town’s Montgomery Meadows started as a rather cagey affair, with both teams defences’ coming out on top. Around the twenty minute mark, the game began to open up with JMA’s Heffenan (48) and Thomas Telford’s Pratt (19) causing the most danger with the ball for their respective teams.

Thomas Telford’s Nicholson (18) put in a brilliant first half display, playing the box to box midfielder role expertly. He helped to Thomas Telford retain ball control, moving the ball around and then winning it back quickly once play turned over.

The first half Interval might have come a little too quickly for Thomas Telford, since they were dominating the ball, working some good areas and beginning to carve out some chances.

Half time – John Madejski Academy 0 – 0 Thomas Telford School

After the break JMA made a few changes and two minutes later Ali (23) whipped in a deep cross and, causing confusion in the Thomas Telford box, the ball fell to Amaglo (28) who fired it into a corridor of uncertainty where Waight (18) was waiting to tap it home…1 – 0 to JMA (47th minute).

JMA were looking strong after the break, causing the Thomas Telford’s back line real problems with chances falling to Waight (18) and Okin-Peters (34). An opportunity emerged for Pratt (19) and driving into the JMA box, he unleashed a shot but Whiter (1) utilising the modern day hockey style keeper technique, sprung his legs laterally preventing a good chance to equalise and keeping JMA in the driving seat!

Thomas Telford kept the pressure on in the search of the equalising goal, but come the 75th minute Okin-Peters (34) put JMA into a commanding lead. Okin-Peters (34) caught Thomas Telford trying to play out of the back after some good harrying, Okin-Peters (34) pounced on a loose ball, rounded the keeper and passed it into the net making it 2 – 0 to JMA. 

Full time – John Madejski Academy 2 – 0 Thomas Telford School

While Thomas Telford pressed and probed for a goal to give them a glimpse of hope of retaining their 2017/18 title, the JMA defence held strong and looked dangerous on the counter. John Madejski Academy as a team managed the game out well and with the help of a standout performance from keeper Joe Whiter (1) JMA claimed the ESFA U18 ‘B Team’ Schools’ Cup for Boys title.

John Madejski School are National Champions!

The final score at Montgomery Waters Meadow finished John Madejski Academy 2 – 0 Thomas Telford School. Congratulations to John Madejski Academy on earning the title of 2018/19 ESFA U18 ‘B Team’ Schools’ Cup for Boys Champions.



PLAYER OF THE MATCH Interview – Joe (up the Ascot Utd FC) Whiter, John Madejski Academy 

POST MATCH MANGER INTERVIEW – John Polston, John Madejski Academy

You can relive all the action again via the ESFA’s YouTube channel, ESFA TV!

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