Match Reports, National Competitions, Tie of the Round

#MatchReportMonday – Ravens Wood School vs Forest School, a five-goal thriller and that’s the way, Zaha Zaha, we like it, Zaha Zaha! (ft. Wilfried Zaha)

Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha shows his support for schools football

It’s #MatchReportMonday and today we have an ESFA Boys’ Under 15 PlayStation Elite Schools’ Cup game between Ravens Wood School (Bromley) and Forest School (Horsham). This match tied in with second PS Schools’ Cup Tie of the Round event where Premier League and Crystal Palace star football Wilfried Zaha made a special guest appearance to Ravens Wood School – read all about Zaha’s trip HERE!


Ravens Wood School vs Forest School

Once the Q&A with Wilfried Zaha had finished everyone made their way to the 3G pitch where Zaha was introduced to both team’s players, taking pictures and wishing them both the best of luck.

Then it was time for kick off, Ravens Wood School in blue kicking left to right and Forest School in red kick right to left. Forest School came flying out the blocks with the number 8 centre midfielder Josh dictating the play, the opening goal came from Josh picking the ball up at the edge of the Ravens Woods box, then squaring it to Toby Shepard who, with one touch to set and the next to shoot, rifled the ball home for a 0-1 Forest School lead.


Forest School and Toby Shepard were not finished there either – when a corner was floated up to the back post and with a Forest player climbing the highest, he looped the ball back to where it came from with a fantastically timed jump and header to double the forest lead 0-2.


Forest School 0-2 up in the first ten minutes it looked as if they were going to run away with the match, however that was not the case because as Ravens Wood School grew evermore into the game, they began to take control of the play. The chances then came for Ravens Wood, a free header and cut back shots but the ball just would not find the back of the net. Not until just before the first half break, Elliott West drove into the box and slotted the ball past the onrushing keeper to make it 1-2 at half-time.


After the break the pattern of play remained the same with Ravens Wood controlling the possession and pushing for the equaliser, while Forest School sat back protecting their lead. Despite Ravens Wood dominating the ball, they were struggling to make any clear-cut chances. As the game headed into the last 10 minutes of regulation time with the situation remaining the same, with Ravens Wood needing an equaliser, midfielder General Jack smashed a header in to take the game to extra time.

Team talks before extra time


The extra time period kicked off but the game had a different feel to it now, Ravens Wood put a lot into the first 90 minutes and Forest looked the fresher team. Forest School found a second wind, gaining better control of the ball and countering well, they worked it down the wing, cut the ball back to penalty spot where Alfie Godard was waiting, who smashed the ball in the net! Forest continued to show their earlier resilience in defending and managed to see the game out to a 2-3 win.

Goal 2-3 Forest School

Well done to both teams on their fantastic match! Forest School (Horsham) will now progress to round 3 of the competition where they will face Glenthorne High School.

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Match Reports, National Competitions

#MatchReportMonday – The first PlayStation Schools’ Cup Tie of the Round (TOTR) was a “Gud” one

Burnley’s Johann Berg Gudmundsson meets Blessed Trinity pupils and players ahead of ESFA Boys Under 15 PlayStation Schools’ Cup match

The opening Tie of Round (TOTR) roadshow of the 2018/19 season takes us to Lancashire for a ESFA Boys Under 15 PlayStation Schools’ Cup match-up between Blessed Trinity RCC (Burnley) and St Bede’s RC High School (Blackburn & Darwen). Before the match kicked off, the the pupils at Blessed Trinity were treated to a special guest appearance from current Icelandic International, Premier League and Burnley FC professional footballer Johann Berg Gudmundsson.

A the start of the day Gudmundsson hosted a Q&A session with students where he explained the importance of a good work ethic when pursuing a successful career in football and sports:

“My best advice is to train extra hard, train more than any of the others, play a lot of football, or whichever sport, and just work harder than anyone else”

Blessed Trinity RCC vs St Bede’s RCSH

After all the Q&A and FIFA 19 activities we headed to match where Gudmundsson met up and greeted both teams before the kick-off. Once the game had started it was obvious to see we were in for a highly competitive affair, with most of the early exchanges being a battle for possession in the midfield.

When the opening 10 minutes had settled, Blessed Trinity were managing to press St Bede’s back into their defensive third, probing patiently for an opening to exploit. However, this pattern of play seemed to suit St Bede’s because after winning possession back they were finding some joy countering down the left. It was these counter plays that opened up the scoring with Kian Whalley cutting in from the left on to his right foot and curling one into top right corner to give St Bede’s a 0-1 lead at half-time.

The Blessed Trinity lads gathered themselves and came out for the second half with a point to prove, again pressing St Bede’s back and after being brought down from a terrific burst into the penalty box Blessed Trinity had the chance to equalise –

But the St Bede’s captain Ellis Litherland had other ideas getting down and across quickly to make an excellent save from an accurately placed shot!

Despite the penalty save, Blessed Trinity kept on battling and when a swinging corner wasn’t dealt with, the Blessed Trinity boys scrambled the ball in to level the game at 1-1.

The equaliser looked to be just the wake-up call St Bede’s needed as a they quickly won a free kick that was initially saved but, with an alert play from Kian Whalley, restored St Bede’s lead, also getting Kian his second of the day as he pounced on the loose ball.

Being late in the game with the score still 1-2, Blessed Trinity pushed everyone forward in pursuit of the equaliser but St Bede’s broke away well and won a corner, which resulted in a thunderous Harry Turnbull header to make it 1-3 to St Bede’s, sealing a fantastic win.


All credit must go to both teams for making it a fantastically competitive match! St Bede’s progress into round 3 of the competition and will face the winner of either Our Lady’s RC High School (Manchester) or Canon Slade CoFE School (Bolton).

A huge thanks to Blessed Trinity RCC for being brilliant competitors and hosts of this  seasons first Tie of the Round event!

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