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ESFA Match Report Monday- Hodgson Academy vs St Joseph’s RC Academy

A hat-trick from Emma Siddall helped Hodgson Academy into the semi finals of the PlayStation F.C. U14 Schools cup for girls with a 6-0 win over St Joseph’s RC Academy. 

Following a period of bad weather the game was played on the 3G at Poolfoot Farm, the training complex of League 1 side Fleetwood Town and, ironically, played in bright sunshine! 

Despite the one sided look to the scoreline the visitors from South Tyneside had opportunities in a tight opening to the game but were eventually on the back foot as the home side took control of the tie before the break. As well as the Siddall treble there was a brace for Bella Hill and a goal from Sophie Horsfall to secure a home semi final tie with All Saints Catholic College of Huddersfield. 

Credit goes to St Joseph’s having won 5 games to reach the quarter final of a competition that started with over 300 teams but their run ended against a team that has now scored 48 goals in their 6 ties to date.

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.

ESFA Internationals

ESFA International Programme 2020

Following discussions between the English Schools’ FA, other International Associations and SAFIB, it is with regret that the decision has been made to cancel the remainder of the ESFA’s International Programme for U18 Boys and U15 Girls in light of the present worldwide Coronavirus situation.

Both squads have enjoyed a fantastic 2020 season, with positive results in both friendly and competitive matches and with both teams undertaking some highly productive training in Eindhoven last month. As an Association, we have been greatly anticipating the Boys’ matches in the Centenary Shield, particularly the two home fixtures which were due to take place at Spennymoor and North Ferriby as well as the Girls’ Bob Docherty tournament, which was scheduled for Lilleshall National Sports Centre in April.

The ESFA is hopeful that there may be an opportunity later in the year where there may be a possibility to host an event with all of this season’s England players, to celebrate their achievements and the Association will be sure to share this information as and when the possibility arises.

In the meantime, the ESFA would like to take this opportunity to thank the fantastic players, their families, ESFA Management teams, venues, support staff and everyone else who has played a significant part in creating the success of both the England U15 Schoolgirls and England U18 Schoolboys squads this season.