In the last edition we reported that the Year 11 boys’ team had won their quarter-final tie in the Cheshire Cup, with an excellent 3-2 victory over Brine Leas High School, from Nantwich.
The semi-final draw pitted us against local rivals Bridgewater, who had beaten us in the Warrington Cup Final in each of the last two seasons and in our league fixture earlier this season, so it was certain to be a tough game. But this cup run had seen our boys raise their performances to a totally new level, so we approached the tie with a good degree of optimism. Both sides battled like their lives depended on it in a very closely contested first half, and by half time neither team had managed to break the deadlock. In the second half however, we stepped up the pressure and finally made the breakthrough to take a 1-0 lead midway through the half. This gave the boys further confidence, and by fulltime we had scored two further goals to run out dominant 3-0 winners and take our place in the final for the second year in succession.
The final was held at the Cheshire Sports Club on Monday 26th March, against local team Upton High School. Unfortunately, the boys didn’t quite manage to match the excellent performance levels they had produced in the previous rounds, and we suffered a heart-breaking 1-0 defeat. What made matters even worse was that Upton scored from a somewhat controversially awarded penalty; we had a goal disallowed through a dubious offside decision, and in the dying minutes we hit the bar with a stunning strike from Luke Monaghan. So we definitely had it within ourselves to have forced a different outcome, but we just didn’t quite do enough to make it happen.
Despite the disappointing outcome, the boys have clearly done both themselves and the school proud with their great run to the final and hopefully, they will all have some great memories to take with them as they move onto the next stage of their education this summer.
Our league football programme, although severely affected by last half term’s poor weather, was also very successful, with the Year 7, 8 and 9 teams all undefeated in matches against Cardinal Newman, Kings and Beamont Academy. This week see the final fixtures of the season against Sir Thomas Boteler, so hopefully we’ll have some good news regarding our final league positions in the next edition.