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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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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.