Match Reports, National Competitions, Tie of the Round

#MatchReportMonday – North Liverpool Academy vs Kirkby High School, Kirkby’s Seary being the Pick(ford) of the bunch ft. Jordan Pickford

Jordan Pickford makes a special guest appearance at North Liverpool Academy  

We’re back with another #MatchReportMonday between hosts North Liverpool Academy (Liverpool) and Kirkby High School (Knowsley). As well as hosting the ESFA Boys’ Under 14 PlayStation Schools’ Cup round 3 match, North Liverpool Academy were also treated to a visit from Everton FC and England number 1 Jordan Pickford for this season’s fourth PlayStation Schools’ Cup Tie of the Round event!

North Liverpool Academy v Kirkby High School

Before the match proceedings, Jordan Pickford was introduced to both squads pausing for photos and wishing good luck to both teams.

The teams then headed to the 3G pitch for kick off, North Liverpool Academy in yellow and black and Kirkby High School in Purple. Kirkby started on the front foot having the majority of the ball in earlier exchanges and, after a partially cleared Kirkby free-kick was recycled back in to the Box, for Seary who slotted the ball into the bottom right corner to give us our first goal of the game – North Liverpool Academy 0 – 1 Kirkby High School.

Kirkby continued to pile on the pressure in the pursuit of second cushion goal and if not for a goal-line clearance from the North Liverpool Academy, Kirkby’s number 12 would have found it!

As the first-half progressed, the North Liverpool Academy lads found their feet and begun enjoying more of the ball and looking especially dangerous down the left wing. The North Liverpool Academy’s Marshall was causing the Kirkby defence real problems with his pace and after a burst into the box the Marshall squeezed the ball past the keeper at the near posts leveling the game at North Liverpool Academy 1 – 1 Kirkby High School.

With the game now all square and North Liverpool Academy back in the game, the Kirkby number 9 Josh Seary begun to show signs of exceptional quality, drawing opposition defenders out of position, juggling and then chipping the ball in behind the defence to find the on-running Beyga who fired a shot across goal, hitting the side netting – North Liverpool Academy 1 – 2 Kirkby High School.

Kirkby’s Seary was by no means finished there either, making good use of a 25-yard free kick by rifling the ball straight into the top right corner for Kirkby’s third goal.

North Liverpool Academy wasted no time in looking for a response and only 60 seconds after conceding the number 14 latched onto a ball finding the composure to pick out Cahill in the middle for North Liverpool Academy’s second goal, ending the first-half scoring – North Liverpool Academy 2 – 3 Kirkby High School HT.

After an exhilarating first-half with 5 goals, the second-half got underway and in contrast to the first half, it was North Liverpool Academy that came out the blocks quickest, pressing and probing for an equalising goal. Jordan Pickford showed his interest in the match standing on sidelines for the second half!  

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English Schools Football Association Tie of the Round Event at North Liverpool Academy on Thursday 29th November 2018 (c) Garry Griffiths | ThreeFiveThree Photography

Toward the middle of the second-half the Kirkby lads found their second wind and after a ball was played in behind the North Liverpool Academy’s defence, it was swiftly picked up by a Kirkby forward who swiveled and chiped the onrushing keeper finding the back of the net – all but confirming the win with a fourth Kirkby goal. It was Seary again completing his hat-trick in style! 

The North Liverpool Academy boys pushed and pressed to try get themselves back into game creating some good chances, however Kirkby High School were resilient in their defending and managed the game out for a victory. 

FT North Liverpool Academy 2 – 4 Kirkby High School

Huge credit must go to both teams for making a fantastically competitive match! Kirkby High School (Knowsley) progress into round 4 of the competition and will face Chesterfield High School (Sefton).

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#MatchReportMonday #TOTR3 St Matthew’s player visit is carved in Stones…

Manchester City and England player John Stones visited St Matthew’s school 

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Manchester was the location for the third TOTR where the ESFA boys U12 PlayStation Cup friendly Match between St Mathew’s RC High School and St Patricks RC High School. Pupils were gifted with an appearance from Manchester City star John Stones. The Premier league star arrived ahead of the football game. Stones met and greeted each individual player of both teams before kick off.

John Stones explained the level of commitment and sacrifice that he dedicated to schools football and his career.

“I never thought I’d be playing professional football never mind playing in the Premier League,so I think its a big message to you guys and to everyone that’s got a dream.”

John Stones

Match Report

A bright start to the game for the visitors who almost took the lead early on but saw the home keeper dive to his right to tip a powerful shot around the post for a corner.

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The hosts began to assert some pressure of their own as the first half was played at a frantic pace with the St Patrick’s keeper forced into making two saves before the break, the second of which saw the ball bounce back into his hands after he tipped the ball onto the post.

The second half saw the home side on top and pressing for a goal right from the re-start and they delivered three as they made their dominance pay.

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The first goal came from a deflected shot after a goalmouth scramble followed by fine two strikes from the edge of the area to seal a 3-0 win on a bitterly cold afternoon in Manchester.

Credit to both sides for an entertaining match to round off an exciting day at St Matthew’s. Click Here to read the event write up.

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