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#MatchReportMonday- Glenthorne 2 v 2 Westminster School (3-4P)

Westminster School progressed to round 2 on penalties, winning their first ever ESFA National Cup fixture in the process after a hard fought game in Surrey against Glenthorne.

It was the home side who took the lead in the first half when Amuah sprinted down the right and fired a blistering shot into the bottom corner of the net, a fantastic finish.

At this point the home side looked the most likely to add to their lead but were unable to make the most of their pressure around the Westminster box and were made to pay when Plowman drew the visitors level, directing the ball home from a set piece to send the sides in level at the break.

The game was wide open in the second half with both teams having chances to edge in front and it looked as though Westminster would claim their first ESFA Cup scalp when Afram raced clear and slotted home for a 2-1 lead.

With time ticking away, Glenthorne threw bodies forward in an attempt to find an equaliser and it came when they were awarded a penalty for a push in the box following a long throw in and Nividi stepped up to score and take the game to penalties.

And so it proved that keeper Shahbakhti was the hero in the end, saving with his feet to set up Ghai for the winning spot kick and a little piece of history for the Westminster School football programme.

Another excellent cup tie and both schools were well represented by their teams but it will be Westminster who travel to Alexandra Park School in round 2. 

Congratulations to both teams involved! If you would like us to feature your ESFA schools’ cup fixture, Please send your match report alongside pictures of the game to Jacob.Blades@schoolsfa.com – alternatively, please feel free to contact 353 Photography to request his presence at your upcoming match.

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#MatchReportMonday- Fulford School U13 1 v 2 Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School U13

A tense affair in York as Cardinal Heenan progressed by the narrowest of margins after coming from a goal behind to take their place in round 2.

Somehow the opening half ended without a goal as the weather changed from sunshine to rain and back again as the visitors goal led a charmed life, somehow surviving a number of close calls in their penalty area with the keeper in excellent form. 

Early in the second half it was the home side who broke the deadlock, Lydiatt bursting clear and firing home to put Fulford 1-0 ahead.

Credit to Cardinal Heenan, their heads never dropped and they battled their way back into the game and it was Stewart who proved to be the game winner for the Leeds based side.

Firstly she powered in a long range shot that bounced over the line off the crossbar and, shortly after, striking another effort that may have taken a deflection on its way past the Fulford keeper for the winning goal.

This was truly an excellent cup tie and there were chances at both ends as the clock ticked down but it was Cardinal Heenan who claimed their place in the next round.

Both sets of players are to be applauded for their efforts and sportsmanship in a very close match that could have gone either way.

Cardinal Heenan will now host Colne Valley High School in round 2.

Congratulations to both teams involved! If you would like us to feature your ESFA schools’ cup fixture, Please send your match report alongside pictures of the game to Jacob.Blades@schoolsfa.com – alternatively, please feel free to contact 353 Photography to request his presence at your upcoming match.