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ESFA Match Report- PlayStation F.C. Schools’ U14 Cup for Boys- St Mary’s RC High School v Whitecross Hereford High School

Today we look back to an early round of the Boys Under 14 Cup with a Herefordshire derby in October as St Mary’s RC High School and Whitecross Hereford battled the elements in a competitive tie that went down to the wire. 

Having taken the train to Hereford we made the walk to St Mary’s in pouring rain with the prospect of seeing the game called off on arrival very much at the front of our minds but the pitch was in excellent condition considering the heavy rain and the game got underway as planned. 

The home side took an early lead only for Whitecross to draw level shortly after through Jacob Bray and it looked like we could be in for a downpouring of goals as well as rain. 

In fact, that completed the scoring in normal time despite the best efforts of both sides to grab a winner with a close range header for the visitors very late on in extra time the closest the deadlock came to being broken but the ball sailed over the bar much with a gaping goal at their mercy. 

And so to a penalty shoot out with Harrison Bentley and Ollie Lloyd on target for the visitors as they edged a place in round 3. Credit to both sides for an entertaining cup tie despite the weather, all that remained was to embark on the soggy journey home to the Midlands!

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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ESFA Match Report- PlayStation F.C. U15 Schools Cup for Boys- Cardinal Newman Catholic School v Repton School

Repton School had to come from behind twice to continue their run in the Under 15 Schools Cup in a tough end to end classic in Coventry. 

Their opponents, Cardinal Newman Catholic School, gave last seasons Under 14 Small Schools Cup Champions a real test in the freezing rain with the weather forcing the game to be played on 3G after the school pitch was deemed unplayable. 

A Luke Bahia double had twice pulled Repton back on level terms after Newman had edged in front early in each half sending the game to extra time. In a cup tie with chances at either end it was Repton who finally won it with the winner coming from Alfie Riley with the clock ticking down towards a penalty shoot-out.

Despite Newman throwing everything forward in the closing stages it was the visitors who claimed a place in round 6, surviving a late corner kick with almost every player within 12 yards of the Repton goal in a last gasp attempt to force an equaliser.

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.