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ESFA Match Report- PlayStation F.C. U12 Schools Cup for Boys- Whitgift School v Shenfield High School

A second half penalty from Seb Perkins was enough to seal a narrow victory in a battle between two of the big names in schools football. 

With the step taken to play on a Saturday it was a fairly even first half with clear chances few and far between although Shenfield must still be wondering how they failed to take the lead shortly before the break. 

Having seen a close range shot from a rebound cleared off the line they saw a close range header sail over the crossbar from the resulting corner kick leaving the score 0-0 at half time. 

Following a foul in the box early in the second half it was the cool headed Perkins who slotted home for what would prove to be the only goal of a closely contested tie. 

Whitgift had to see off a late flurry of set pieces from Shenfield as they looked to try and take the game to extra time but the hosts stood firm to advance to the quarter finals. Both sides came away from the game with credit for their conduct and effort with these two sides sure to meet again as their school years advance so we may be back to follow up on their progress.

A big thank you to ThreeFiveThree photography for attending the games! if you want to see more great schools football images head over to their website here.

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PlayStation F.C. U14 Elite Schools’ Cup- Claremont School v Whitgift School

Claremont School and Whitgift School played out a classic cup tie at Whyteleafe FC’s Church Road Ground with the boys from Sussex edging through to the last 16.

Jaydon Fuller grabbed a first half double to put Claremont 2-0 ahead and seemingly in command of tie that promised to be one of the ties of the round.

Whitgift pulled a goal back before the break to set up a tense second half in which they did everything but draw level.

Fuller could have scored a hat-trick goal but for an offside flag but it was a backs to the wall performance from the Claremont defence in the second half, epitomised by a fantastic double save from keeper Jacob Watson late on to preserve the one goal advantage.

While Whitgift players were disappointed at the final whistle, they fully played their part in a cup tie where the result was in doubt right up until the last kick of the game.

Both sides were a credit to their schools but it was Claremont who made the trip back to Sussex 2-1 winners.

A big thank you to 353 Photography for the match report and images.