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A throwback to the opening week of the 2021/22 season!

ESFA official photographer Garry Griffiths has been up and down the country this season covering ESFA National cup ties from the first rounds, all the way to the semi final stage. In the lead up to ESFA national finals in May, the ESFA will be looking back at some of the games he has covered throughout the season and shining the spotlight on as many teams as possible involved in ESFA National Cup Competitions.

ESFA Playstation F.C. U14 Schools’ Cup Round 1

Moreton School 0 Wombourne High School 421st September 2021

Our season opener took us a short drive to Wolverhampton for the opening round tie in the Boys Under 14 competition as Moreton School hosted Wombourne High School.

The first point of order was the installation of some new goal nets after the local wildlife had decided to have a nibble at the old ones – probably the cleanest nets we have seen at a schools cup tie, straight out of the packaging and into action!

A delayed journey for the visitors across to Wolverhampton meant a later than expected start but we were soon underway although neither side were able to hit those newly installed nets and the game went into the break level at 0-0.

It took Wombourne High School just seconds to correct that though as a shot into the far corner gave them the lead with the first attack of the second half with a second goal putting them in command of the tie.

The home side didn’t let their heads drop though and pushed for a way back into the game, the woodwork denying them a goal as the visitors goal led a charmed life.

Two further goals, the last one with the final kick of the game, gave the score line a harsh look for Moreton School but it was a deserved win for Wombourne High School to progress into round two.

ESFA Playstation F.C. U12 Elite Schools’ Cup- Round 1

Riddlesdown Collegiate 5 Wilsons School 2 (AET)24th September 2021

Towards the end of the same week we headed south for what turned out to be a classic U12 Elite cup tie between Riddlesdown Collegiate and Wilsons School.

The home side had plenty of pressure and chances but a stubborn defensive performance from the visitors kept Riddlesdown at bay and, despite edging in front twice, they were pegged back to send the game into extra time after finishing 2-2 at full time.

Both sides had chances to win the game late on with some heart stopping moments for both sides – who would be a schools football team manager?!

The extra time period made all the difference as the home side eventually took advantage of their persistent pressure with 3 goals finally seeing them into round two although credit must go to Wilsons for an excellent display in defeat with hard work and determination throughout the team.

A brilliant start to the season with our next stop a week long trip to Devon – stay tuned for that report coming soon!

A huge thank you to Garry Griffiths for providing this report and the photos. Please contact ThreeFiveThree Photography to have your ESFA cup tie featured!

The World of Schools' Football

Throwback Thursday – The anticipated semi-final

ESFA U18 Boys Super League Semi Final

In the run-up to the inaugural U18 Super League National Final in May, we’re going on our travels with ESFA photographer, Garry Griffiths (353 Photography), to relive last Wednesday’s much anticipated semi-final match

Park View School 4 – 0 Millfield School
Wednesday 21st April 2021 at Quorn FC

This week we take a relatively short trip of just 8 days into the archives for a long awaited semi final in the Boys Under 18 Super League – albeit well over a year since the competition kicked off!

There is a certain amount of irony that the ESFA’s youngest competition, the U18 Super League that made its debut in 2019-2020, should offer us the longest running competition to date, with the first fixtures having taken place a whopping 581 days before this semi final tie.

Hosted in the Midlands at Quorn FC’s Farley Way Stadium, it was an end-to-end tie, played out on the 3G surface with few clear cut chances to worry the keepers in either goal. After 45 minutes, the sides went into the break deadlocked at 0-0, despite plenty of quality clearly on show.

The second half saw Park View eventually get on top, although clear chances were again at a premium, until goals from Ben Ramsey, Shaun Dippenaar, Liam Paul and Micky Spellman put the North East side through to the final.

It was a harsh scoreline on Millfield over the 90 minutes, with the game very much looking like extra-time would be needed to separate the sides, but their late flurry of goals will see Park View travel to the National Final in May to battle John Madejski Academy…where time will only tell who will be crowned the inaugural Super League champions.

Keep an eye on the ESFA social media channels and website for further information about the upcoming National Final.