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Apr 6, 2019

School's football at its best

This week anyone who has watched the miriad of games played cannot fail to have been impressed by the standard and quality as well as the committment and attitude of all of the boys and girls involved and a massive vote of thanks to all of the coaches,match officials and volunteers as well as the many supportive parents who watched the games.

Monday saw the Under 15 boys play Shropshire in a wonderfully entertaining game involving two sides who put on an outstanding display for the spectators but also played the game in the true spirit of the game. Staffordshire won the game 2-1 with goals from Jake Finney and Eden Bailey but when Shropshire scored the game swung from end to end though in truth Staffordshire spurned several chances which would have made them more comfortable winners.

Tuesday night saw John Taylor Academy and Trentham Academy go head to head in the Under 15 Boys individual Schools final. Trentham raced into a 3-0 lead 10 minutes into the second half in a fiercely competitive game but John Taylor scored three very quick goals to turn the game on its head. As the game moved towards penalties Trentham regained their advantage with two excellently worked goals to lift the trophy.

On Wednesday night the Under 16 girls took centre stage when they travelled to Lilleshall for their final game of the season. Despite totally dominating proceedings Staffordshire found themselves two goals down but these girls are resilient and the hit back to win by 5-2 with  braces from skipper Katie Johnson and Macy Isherwood and a strike from Jessica Travers.

On Thursday a feast of football was to be had at St Georges Park where six cup finals took place. It was bitterley cold with an Arctic wind blowing and driving the odd icy shower across the pitches but in spite of the prevailing weather conditions all of the teams involved did themselves proud.

The Under 12 Boys title was lifted by De Ferrers boys with a 2-0 win over Excel Academy in an excellent game. DE Ferrers Under 13 girls almost made it a double leading 1-0 until the dying seconds but an Oldfields Hall equaliser took the game to penalties and Oldfields Hall prevailed in the ensuing shootout.

Excel Academy Under 12 Girls made up for the disappointment of the boys result by sweeping aside Codsall Middle School in a 4-0 win whilst the Under 14 Girls title went to Moorside with a 2-1 over Rawlett in a very close encounter.

Clayton Hall Academy just saw off Westwood with an odd goal in three victory and De Ferrers Under 15 Girls capped off a fine day for the school beating Alleynes Academy from Stone by 7-4 in an absolute goal fest.

The week was rounded off with a visit to Redditch to see all four Staffordshire boys represent England School's FA against Northern Ireland. They are a great credit to their schools and parents and as a County we are immenseley proud of their achievements.