featured, Match Reports

PlayStation F.C. U14 Elite Schools’ Cup- Claremont School v Whitgift School

Claremont School and Whitgift School played out a classic cup tie at Whyteleafe FC’s Church Road Ground with the boys from Sussex edging through to the last 16.

Jaydon Fuller grabbed a first half double to put Claremont 2-0 ahead and seemingly in command of tie that promised to be one of the ties of the round.

Whitgift pulled a goal back before the break to set up a tense second half in which they did everything but draw level.

Fuller could have scored a hat-trick goal but for an offside flag but it was a backs to the wall performance from the Claremont defence in the second half, epitomised by a fantastic double save from keeper Jacob Watson late on to preserve the one goal advantage.

While Whitgift players were disappointed at the final whistle, they fully played their part in a cup tie where the result was in doubt right up until the last kick of the game.

Both sides were a credit to their schools but it was Claremont who made the trip back to Sussex 2-1 winners.

A big thank you to 353 Photography for the match report and images.

featured, National Competitions

Association of Muslim Schools’ hosts Finals Tournament- Report

Harborough Town FC hosted the annual Association of Muslim Schools’ (AMS) finals day on Wednesday 11th March 2020. Muslim schools from across the country participated in a girls’ tournament in the morning, followed by the boys’ in the afternoon. 

Referees, supplied by Leicestershire FA, presided over the girls’ teams during a competitive “round robin” league stage, which saw reigning champions Irqa Academy from Peterborough top the group with Madani Girls School from Leicester as runners up qualifying for the final. 

In windy conditions, Iqra emerged victorious with a hard fought 2-0 victory to retain the trophy. 

During the presentations, Andy Weston, ESFA Development Manager thanked the girls for their commitment and enthusiasm and praised the quality of football that the girls are playing, even though some of them are relatively new to the sport. 

The boys’ tournament was highly competitive, but goals were at a premium with Madani Boys school from Leicester and Eternal Light school from Bradford reaching the final. The final saw Madani make most of the running with Eternal Lights goal leading a charmed life and with some resolute defending the game went to penalties. 

With the score at 2-1 in the penalty shoot out, Eternal Lights goalkeeper produced a stunning save to win the trophy and become the AMS champions for the first time. 

For further information please contact andy.weston@schoolsfa.com or 07855 942337