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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.

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#Featured Report- West Lakes Academy v St Benedicts RC High School in the ESFA U14 PlayStation F.C. Schools’ Cup for Boys.

On a soaking wet Lake District afternoon it was St Benedicts who progressed to round 3 with a hat-trick from Park leading the way for the ‘home’ side.

With the game switched across the county to the new 3G surface at St Benedicts it was a competitive game for the hardy souls braving the north west rain and one that was in the balance for long spells.

West Lakes Academy v St Benedicts RC High School in a English Schools Football Association Boys Under 13 Schools Cup Round 2 match on Tuesday 24th September 2019 (c) Garry Griffiths | ThreeFiveThree Photography

Nelson edged St Benedicts ahead with a smart left footed finish from just inside the box but they were soon pegged back when Ogilvie-Brown slotted under the advancing keeper to draw West Lakes level.

Park then netted a quick fire hat-trick to put St Benedicts in the driving seat, his first from a spot kick and then 2 speculative long range efforts that deceived the West Lakes keeper.

West Lakes Academy v St Benedicts RC High School in a English Schools Football Association Boys Under 13 Schools Cup Round 2 match on Tuesday 24th September 2019 (c) Garry Griffiths | ThreeFiveThree Photography

The formidable Brinsden forced home a second for West Lakes to leave the score in the balance at 4-2 going into the half time break.

A comeback was going to be a tough ask for West Lakes but they worked hard trying to create a way back into the game but as the clock ticked down the next goal would prove decisive, Foster scoring from close range after Park’s long range shot had been saved by the keeper to secure a 5-2 win and a place in round 3 for St Benedicts.

All in all an excellent game of football played in the right spirit, even if the weather tested our reporters patience and his waterproof coat!

With thanks to our official photographer Gary Griffiths.

Congratulations to both teams involved! If you would like your ESFA Schools Cup game featured, then don’t hesitate to contact Jacob.Blades@schoolsfa.com