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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

Match Reports, National Competitions

#MatchReportMonday – The Schools’ Report with ThreeFiveThree Photography – ESFA Boys Under 13 PlayStation Schools’ Cup Round of 16 Hanham Woods Academy V Kennet School

Ahhh The Schools’ Report with ThreeFiveThree Photography

This week on The Schools’ Report with ThreeFiveThree photographer Garry Griffiths, we look back to the ESFA Under 13 Boys PlayStation Schools’ Cup with Hanham Woods Academy (Navy Blue) hosted Kennet School (Sky Blue) in the round of 16! 

ESFA Under 13 Boys PlayStation Schools’ Cup Hanham (Bristol and South Gloucestershire)  2 – 5 Kennet School (Newbury)

Kennet School inflicted late heartbreak on Hanham Woods Academy with 3 late goals sealing their progress into the quarter final.

In a really close contest it was Oscar McClure who fired the visitors in front within the opening minute, a fine strike from the edge of the box beating Matthew Martin in the Hanham Woods goal.

Half Time – Hanham Woods Academy 0 – 1 Kennet School

Both sides were trying to get the ball down and play although it was deep into the second half before the tie sprung to life when the home side were awarded a penalty that Sonny Pasco fired past Donnacha Burke in the Kennet goal.

McClure then fired in a long range free kick to put Kennet back in the driving seat only for Kailen Anderson to smash home a long range equaliser late on which seemed to secure a trip to extra time.

Charlie Perkins came close to putting Hanham in front but his header bounced to safety off the crossbar and that was the turning point as the visitors clinically sealed victory in the closing moments.


McClure converted a penalty for his hat-trick which edged Kennet ahead and, with Hanham pushing for a way back into the tie, they were undone at the back twice in as many minutes with Kuba Zmijewski and Cameron Squires sealing a 5-2 win.

Full Time – Hanham Woods Academy 2 – 5 Kennet School

Congratulations to both teams for an exciting cup tie played in good spirits and thanks to those who came along to support in the sunshine!

By ThreeFiveThree  Photography.