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.

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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.

Match Reports, National Competitions

#MatchReportMonday – The Schools’ Report with ThreeFiveThree Photography – ESFA Under 14 Boys Inter County Trophy Semi Final West Midlands V Merseyside

The Schools’ Report with ThreeFiveThree Photography

This week on The Schools’ Report with ThreeFiveThree photographer Garry Griffithswe look back to the ESFA Under 14 Boys Inter County Trophy at the Sir Jack Hayward Training Ground when West Midlands U14s (Red) hosted Merseyside U14s (Yellow) National Semi Final! 

ESFA Under 14 Boys Inter County Trophy Semi Final West Midlands V Merseyside

On a cold evening in the Black Country it was Merseyside (Yellow) who edged into the National Final with a narrow 2-1 win away to a determined West Midlands (Red) side.

While the supporters braved the low temperature, it was the visitors who got off to a hot start meaning it came as no surprise when they took the lead, Paul Kyffin firing home from 12 yards midway through the first half.

Merseyside’s Kyffin almost doubled the lead shortly after but his 18 yard strike flashed narrowly wide.

The hosts had chances of their own and Harvey Pritchard just failed to make contact with a tempting cross that whipped across the face of the 6 yard box.

However, shortly before the break it was 1-1 when West Midlands’ Ayo Lekuti looped an effort over Charlie Callaghan and into the net despite the Merseyside attempts to clear off the goal line.

Half Time West Midlands 1-1 Merseyside

The second half was an even contest but it was the visitors who took the lead when Jacob Slater slotted the ball home to put Merseyside back in the driving seat. 

The West Midlands lads battled hard for a way back into the contest but were unable to create enough clear cut chances to find an equaliser and Merseyside were able to run down the clock and claim their place in the National Final.

Full Time West Midlands 1-1 Merseyside

Credit to both teams for playing the game in the right spirit with all players a credit to their regions and congratulations to Merseyside who will now face Kent in the National Final later in the season.