ESFA National Finals, Match Reports

Match Report: ESFA U18 ‘B Team’ Schools’ Cup National Final 2019

John Madejski Academy 2 – 0 Thomas Telford School

On Tuesday 2nd March the ESFA headed to Shrewsbury Town’s Montgomery Waters Meadows to feature the two Boys’ U18 National Finals, which showcased some of the best U18 schools footballing talents from around the country.


After 5 previous rounds and over 7 months of exhilarating cup matches, the finalists were confirmed as Reading’s John Madejski Academy (JMA) and Telford & Wrekin’s Thomas Telford School. With just the National Final remaining, the two teams battled it out to become National Champions!

John Madejski Academy (Sky/White)Thomas Telford School (Gold/Burgundy)
1Joe Whiter13Jon Acton 
14Ethan O’Kelly36Jason Harris
17Callum Rofle ©21Joshua Garrington
20Kaylum Barlow4Ethan Tiernan-Spratt
30Luke Donville12Joseph Byrne
25Denis Haxhiu6Joseph Richards
34Hassan Jibreel22Jamie Bolderston
35Kian Leahy18Steven Nicholson ©
48Nicky Heffernan14Joshua Smallwood
54Will Okine-Peters19Josef Pratt
56Richard Colley45Ryan Knott
18Joe Waight15Jahmaal Mclntosh
28Earl Amaglo24Joel Hodnett
23Haseeb Ali28Nathan Goodfellow
32Jack Charles1Luke Payton
40Muneer Fakih17Dante Bradley



Kick off – John Madejski Academy v Thomas Telford School

The second featured match at Shrewsbury Town’s Montgomery Meadows started as a rather cagey affair, with both teams defences’ coming out on top. Around the twenty minute mark, the game began to open up with JMA’s Heffenan (48) and Thomas Telford’s Pratt (19) causing the most danger with the ball for their respective teams.

Thomas Telford’s Nicholson (18) put in a brilliant first half display, playing the box to box midfielder role expertly. He helped to Thomas Telford retain ball control, moving the ball around and then winning it back quickly once play turned over.

The first half Interval might have come a little too quickly for Thomas Telford, since they were dominating the ball, working some good areas and beginning to carve out some chances.

Half time – John Madejski Academy 0 – 0 Thomas Telford School

After the break JMA made a few changes and two minutes later Ali (23) whipped in a deep cross and, causing confusion in the Thomas Telford box, the ball fell to Amaglo (28) who fired it into a corridor of uncertainty where Waight (18) was waiting to tap it home…1 – 0 to JMA (47th minute).

JMA were looking strong after the break, causing the Thomas Telford’s back line real problems with chances falling to Waight (18) and Okin-Peters (34). An opportunity emerged for Pratt (19) and driving into the JMA box, he unleashed a shot but Whiter (1) utilising the modern day hockey style keeper technique, sprung his legs laterally preventing a good chance to equalise and keeping JMA in the driving seat!

Thomas Telford kept the pressure on in the search of the equalising goal, but come the 75th minute Okin-Peters (34) put JMA into a commanding lead. Okin-Peters (34) caught Thomas Telford trying to play out of the back after some good harrying, Okin-Peters (34) pounced on a loose ball, rounded the keeper and passed it into the net making it 2 – 0 to JMA. 

Full time – John Madejski Academy 2 – 0 Thomas Telford School

While Thomas Telford pressed and probed for a goal to give them a glimpse of hope of retaining their 2017/18 title, the JMA defence held strong and looked dangerous on the counter. John Madejski Academy as a team managed the game out well and with the help of a standout performance from keeper Joe Whiter (1) JMA claimed the ESFA U18 ‘B Team’ Schools’ Cup for Boys title.

John Madejski School are National Champions!

The final score at Montgomery Waters Meadow finished John Madejski Academy 2 – 0 Thomas Telford School. Congratulations to John Madejski Academy on earning the title of 2018/19 ESFA U18 ‘B Team’ Schools’ Cup for Boys Champions.



PLAYER OF THE MATCH Interview – Joe (up the Ascot Utd FC) Whiter, John Madejski Academy 

POST MATCH MANGER INTERVIEW – John Polston, John Madejski Academy

You can relive all the action again via the ESFA’s YouTube channel, ESFA TV!

ESFA National Finals, Match Reports

Match Report: A Celebration of Girls’ Football – 2018/19 ESFA U18 Colleges’ Cup for Girls National Final

SEEVIC College 1 – 7 Tyne Coast College

On Wednesday 27 March the ESFA headed to AFC Fylde’s Mill Farm to feature the two Girls’ U18 National Finals, which showcased some of the best female footballing talents from around the country.


After five previous rounds and over 60 exhilarating cup matches, the finalists were confirmed as South East Essex’s SEEVIC College and South Tyneside’s Tyne Coast College. With just the National Final remaining, the two teams battled it out to become National Champions!

SEEVIC College (Orange/Black)Tyne Coast College (Blue)
1Emily Mackler1Rebecca Jamieson
2Ellie-Marie Ashford2Shaunie McFall
3Megan Downes3Erin Nelson
4Amber Denton4Megan Farrell
5Molly Giles5Grace Ayre
6Ebony Baker6Bobbi Lou Taylor
7Casey Iron7Anna Soulsby
8Georgia Hyland8Shelly Brogden
9Holly Turner (C)9Katie Barker (C)
10Lily Aungier10Jayden Maxwell
11Jodie Barden11Rebecca Henderson
12Jessica Strizovic12Alicia Mutrie
14Amber Popham17Gabby Watson
1Eleanor Hope (GK)14Nicole Gardner
15Lauren Speller15Abi Thompson
16Amy Jacobs16Iona Harrison


Kick off – SEEVIC College V Tyne Coast College

Just like the earlier 12pm kick off (Thomas Telford V Barking Abbey) the opening exchange was a midfield battle with Tyne Coast edging on the possession.  Moving into the second quarter of the game, Tyne Coast were knocking on the SEEVIC door and all the pressure paid off, thanks to two Barker (9) goals in the space of three minutes. 

Both of Barkers’ goals came from good crosses into the box, the first of which whipped in by Brogden (8) and with Barker positioned goal side of the SEEVIC defender she only needed one touch to set and the another to finish (34th minute). Just three minutes later, Tyne Coast’s Barker showed everyone her goal scoring instincts when she anticipated that the defender would miss the clearing header and this time she only needed one touch, as she found the net for secod time from 6 yard line (37th minutes).

The teams went in to the half time interval with the score at SEEVIC College 0 – 2 Tyne Coast College. 

Half time – SEEVIC College 0 – 2 Tyne Coast College

After the break the Tyne Coast girls showed no signs of letting up, Soulsby (7) continued the goals following a brilliant drive and smash across goal to the opposite corner making it three-nil. SEEVIC’s captain Turner (9) managed to lessen the goal deficit with a tremendous bit of individual skill when she plucked the ball out of the sky then, flicking it over the onrushing defender, fired it low into the bottom corner from 25 yards out (53rd minute).

The SEEVIC comeback was short lived though as Barker completed her hat-trick on the 58th minute when the ball dropped to her after Farrel (4) did well keeping the ball alive from an in-swinging corner. Tyne Coast’s Farrel found then herself on the scoresheet after she accurately placed a free-kick in the SEEVIC top corner for five. Nelson (3) added her name to the list of Tyne Coast goal scorers after finding some space in the box and cooly finishing for the sixth.

Rather fittingly it was the Tyne Coast captain and the Player of the Match, Barker who picked up her forth and final goal of the game. Throughout the day she had positioned herself in the right place at the right time and it was the same story with her forth, giving a smart first time finish of 7. 

Full time – SEEVIC College 1 – 7 Tyne Coast College

The final score at Mill Farm finished SEEVIC College 1 – 7 Tyne Coast College. Congratulations to Tyne Coast College on earning the title of 2018/19 ESFA U18 Colleges’ Cup for Girls National Champions!



PLAYER OF THE MATCH – Katie Barker, Tyne Coast College


PLAYER OF THE MATCH  INTERVIEW – Katie Barker, Tyne Coast College


POST MATCH MANGER INTERVIEW – Carl Chater, Tyne Coast College