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ESFA Midweek Report -PlayStation F.C. Schools’ Cup Double Header- Perton Middle School vs Priory School

There were two games in one trip last month as we travelled to Wolverhampton with Perton Middle School and Priory School going head to head in two competitions.

On adjacent pitches it was goals galore in both games as the schools shared the spoils with each winning through in one competition.

In the PlayStation F.C. Under 12 Small Schools Cup a first half double from Ben O’Donnell put Perton in command with a 4-0 lead with a Niall Evans goal and an own goal completing the first half scoring.

Despite the scoreline the 2nd half was still very competitive with Priory battling to find a way back into the game and not letting their heads drop but further strikes from Jensen Capper, Harry Willis and Daniel Stockley saw the home side advance to round 2 courtesy of a 7-1 win.

Their success had continued in the competition with a penalty shoot-out win over Wrekin College in round 2 after a 3-3 draw followed by a 3-0 away win over Lacon Childe to seem them into the last 16.

In the PlayStation F.C. Under 13 Small Schools Cup played at the same time it was Priory who were the big winners, hat-tricks from Donovan and Reynolds leading them to a 12-0 victory over a Perton side weakened by a couple of absent key players.

In a display of clinical finishing the home side had no answer to the dynamic attacking play from a Priory side who could certainly contend for a place in the latter stages.

They continue to progress in the competition, a 13-1 home win in round 2 over Campion School set up a late November 3rd round tie with Sir John Talbot’s Technology College with the winners moving into the last 16.

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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England U18 Schoolboys’ – Final trial this weekend

The ESFA are hosting the final England U18 Schoolboys’ trials this weekend at Rowley Park, Stafford, providing the nominated boys with a final chance to impress.

The ESFA host the final England U18 schoolboys’ trial this weekend with the intent of finding the best players that schools’ football has to offer. The successful trialists will be presented with the opportunity to earn honours caps by representing their country in the 2019-2020 schools football season.

The trial will see the best school footballers from the North and South of England play for a prestigious place in the final England U18 schoolboys’ squad. This will be the boys’ last chance to impress the ESFA selectors so the stakes couldn’t be higher! The North and South squads have been formed following a gruelling and thorough selection process, first being nominated by their county sides and then making their way through two prior stages of ESFA regional trials. Simply by being nominated to take part in regional trials, players have already achieved the honour of being recognised by their county, having been put forward for the opportunity to play internationally by proving their capability of playing both individually and as part of a team. 

Click here to view the selected North and South squad members taking part

Once selected, this season’s U18 England Schoolboys’ squad, following some friendly matches against UCFB squads and Australia, will go on to play in the Centenary Shield against Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Since 1904 English Schools’ Football Association has been the governing body for Schools’ Football across England and has run International squads since 1907. The Association boasts crowds of 95,000 spectators at Wembley on multiple occasions at the height of the U15 international representative boys’ team.  The ESFA are proud of their remit as an educational organisation, to be able to reward individuals, particularly at U18 level, who choose to remain in mainstream education as opposed to opting to join the academy system. There are deeply rooted values in education for ESFA and this is a way to celebrate players who have chosen to build a secure foundation for themselves with qualifications, wherever their football careers may take them.