Match Reports, National Competitions, Tie of the Round

PlayStation Tie of the Round ft Aaron Cresswell

Drapers’ Academy pupils left CressWELL impressed at the latest PlayStation TOTR event…

The sixth Playstation Tie of the Round (TOTR) event started with the students of Drapers’ Academy being treated with a PlayStation gaming session. Students had the privilege of choosing from a variety of games that were set up on the consoles. There was a loud buzz of excitement as students gathered around, determined to win against their opponents in each game. Not a single pupil was left without a smile on their face.

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As Aaron Cresswell walked into the school hall, Drapers’ students were astonished that they were in the presence of the West ham player and that their school was chosen to be visited by him.

A few pupils were given the chance of asking a Premier League footballer some questions during the Q&A session…

‘What are your memories of school football?’

‘What does it take to become a footballer?’

‘Who’s the joker in the West ham Changing room?’

Watch the full interview below:

Meet & Greet

The team captains of Drapers’ Academy and Redden Court school were given the honour of introducing each player in their team to Aaron Cresswell. The West ham player greeted each player and gave them a handshake which was evidently a big moment for each individual.



A man of many talents…

After the meet and greet Aaron Cresswell was excited to see a piano in the hallway and immediately took to it. He played John Legends’s ‘All of me’.

Ready, set, FIFA

The FIFA match was turbulent, to say the least. It was by far one of the most entertaining of the season so far.

Cresswell chose Barcelona to play as and the student chose Juventus. Every second of the match was extremely gripping every couple of minutes there were goals about to be attempted.

In the last few minutes of the match saw a lot of twists! Cresswell was falling behind with a score of 0-2. However, when it was close to the end of the game Cresswell scored 2 goals to even the result.

Though the crowd was expecting the match to finish on a draw, there was a surprising turn of events in the last few moments. Just before the match ended the student managed unexpectedly to score one last goal. The reaction from the crowd was one of disbelief as his classmates cheered in pride over his victory. The end score was 2-3. Cresswell took the defeat well and congratulated the student and even praised his FIFA skills.

Six Tie of the Rounds down and plenty more to go. There are still several Premier League footballers set to make appearances across schools all over the country in 2019. To stay up to date make sure you follow our social media and turn on post notifications for our Instagram coverage from upcoming events.

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!  

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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