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2018/19 ESFA Boys U18 Schools’ & Colleges’ Cup National Final – Balby Carr Community Academy V Hartpury College

Tuesday 26 of March 2019 saw the first of theESFA National Finals kick off with the ESFA Boys U18 Elite Schools’ & Colleges’ Cup at Blackburn Rovers’ Ewood Park. 

After six rounds of exhilarating cup matches, the finalists were confirmed as Doncaster’s Balby Carr Community Academy and Gloucestershire’s Hartpury College. 

Watch the FULL MATCH HERE – 

Kick off: Balby Carr Community Academy V Hartpury College

Hartpury started on the front foot and in the 11th minute, King Baidoo gave Hartpury an early 0 – 1 lead, Baidoo hunted down a soft back pass, rounded the Balby keeper and slotted home into the empty net for 1. 

Once the first goal came, Hartpury looked like they planned to add to their lead, however their efforts were thwarted by multiple smart saves from Shay Evans Booth. 

The second goal came following a wide free-kick that was fired across the face of goal and was met by Josiah Dustan’s head at the back post making it 0 – 2 Hartpury in the 32nd minute. 


The last clear cut chance of the first half fell to Balby Carr’s Sam Caygill, after the Balby boys initiated a quick counter attack. Callum Marsh burst down the right wing and smashed a low cross the box to Caygill at the back post. Before he could unleash a clear shot, Hartpury keeper Lewis Adams got down bravely to smother the ball and prevent the goal. 

Half time: Balby Carr Community Academy 0 – 2 Hartpury College 

Not long after the second half kick off, an own goal brought about the third goal of the game. The goal came from a Hartpury corner when the ball was fired in to the Balby near post by Romeo Fabrice Yao. The cross caused major confusion in the box  and it was eventually knocked in by an a Balby defender making 0 – 3 to Hartpury.

Come the 58th minute, Hartpury found a forth from a good initial hold, turn and pass from King Baidoo to Owen Windsor in box. Windsor had a cool head as he slotted the ball past the Balby keeper right for four. 

The fifth and final goal of the game came from Hartpury’s Theo Maye (83rd minute) after he whipped a cross free-kick towards the Balby back post. The cross managed to find its way through everyone in the box and into the back of the net. 

Full time: Balby Carr Community Academy 0 – 5 Hartpury College 

The final score at Ewood Park finished Balby Carr Community College 0 – 5 Hartpury College. Congratulation to Hartpury College on earning the title of 2018/19 ESFA Boys U18 Elite Schools’ & Colleges’ Cup National Champions.   

PLAYER OF THE MATCH – Romeo Fabrice Yao 


POST MATCH MANGER INTERVIEW – Paul Tassell, Hartpury College


ESFA Celebration of Girls’ Football 2019

ESFA U18 Girls’ Cup Finals 2019 – this year’s finalists for our Celebration of Girls’ Football

The ESFA U18 Girls’ Schools and Colleges’ Cup finals kick off at 12pm and 4pm respectively on Wednesday 27 March at AFC Fylde’s Mill Farm Stadium. 

The four finalists, who have battled through 5 previous rounds, in competitions featuring over 100 teams, will face each other in the two National Finals for the final matches of the season at Fylde, as part of the ESFA’s Celebration of Girls’ Football. The day will also feature two teams of female match officials as well as ballgirls and mascots from primary schools local to the ground. Entry to the stadium is free for all students and AFC Fylde season ticket holders and only £4 for adults. Alternatively, you can watch the action unfold live via the following links; 

12pm KO:

4pm KO: 

ESFA U18 Schools’ Cup for Girls – 12pm KO

Thomas Telford School (Shropshire)

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This team is one of several Thomas Telford teams who have made ESFA National Finals this season and are taking on Barking Abbey in the Girls’ U18 Schools’ Final for the second year running. The squad have averaged 7.25 goals per game throughout the season, with three clean sheets and only conceding two goals.

Route to the final:

Round 1   Bye   Thomas Telford School
Round 2 Wilmslow High School 0 8 Thomas Telford School
Round 3 Weatherhead High School 1 6 Thomas Telford School
Quarter Final Thomas Telford School 9 0 The Commonweal School
Semi Final Thomas Telford School 6 0 The Commonweal School

Barking Abbey School (Essex)

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Barking Abbey will be hoping to retain their title as ESFA U18 Schools’ Cup Champions, following their 2018 win against Thomas Telford. The school have been highly successful within ESFA National Finals over several seasons and are hoping to continue their successes in 2019. With 32 goals scored and only 2 conceded the team are in a strong position going into this year’s National Final.

Route to the final:

Round 1 Moulsham High School 0 1 Barking Abbey
Round 2 Onslow St Audrey School 2 8 Barking Abbey
Round 3 Rainham School for Girls 0 16 Barking Abbey
Quarter Final Barking Abbey School 1 0 Cardinal Newman Catholic School
Semi Final John Madejski Academy 1 3 Barking Abbey

ESFA U18 Colleges’ Cup for Girls – 4pm KO

SEEVIC College (Essex)


This will be the first time a team from SEEVIC College has made it to an ESFA National Final. The squad have averaged 8.5 goals per match, conceded two and reached the final with two clean sheets. 

Route to the Final:

Round 1 SEEVIC College Bye    
Round 2 Hills Road VI Form College 1 6 SEEVIC College
Round 3 Ealing, Hammersmith & West London College 1 10 SEEVIC College
Quarter Final SEEVIC College 11 0 Esher College
Semi Final Hartpury College 6 7 SEEVIC College

Tyne Coast College (Tyneside)

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Like SEEVIC College, this year’s final will be the first that Tyne Coast’s girls have ever made it to. With 26 goals scored and only one conceded, the girls have 4 clean sheets as they approach their National Final debut. 

Route to the final:

Round 1 Tyne Coast College 1 0 City of Sunderland College
Round 2 Gateshead College 1 4 Tyne Coast College
Round 3 York College 0 7 Tyne Coast College
Quarter Final Runshaw College 0 12 Tyne Coast College
Semi Final Huddersfield New College 0 2 Tyne Coast College

Good luck to all four teams in this year’s Celebration of Girls’ Football! You can keep up with all the ‘behind the scenes’ action via the ESFA’s Instagram and Twitter accounts (@SchoolsFootball) – and view the matches live, online and for free at

Date: Wednesday 27 March

KO: 12pm – ESFA U18 Schools’ Cup for Girls
4pm – ESFA U18 Colleges’ Cup for Girls

Venue: AFC Fylde’s Mill Farm