Cheshire Cup Final Heartache
As you may remember from previous editions, our Year 11 football team have become “cup specialists”, with a long run in the English Schools Cup before Christmas, and progression to the quarter-final stage of the Cheshire Cup by the time the last edition of the newsletter went to press. Well, the boys continued their great run of form, beating Kings School of Chester 1-0 in the quarter-final and local rivals Bridgewater 2-1 in the semi-final, to set up a final clash with St. Nicholas High School from Hartford.
St. Nicholas were double reigning champions, and had won through to the final beating every side they faced by at least three goals, so they were definitely the strong favourites. However, that didn’t faze the boys, whose own run of strong defensive performances had now set up a very intriguing tie. The boys put in a fantastic performance, and took the lead through a Kai Hilton strike late in the first half. St. Nicholas’ were struggling to come to terms with our resolute defensive display, and were growing increasingly frustrated at their inability to break us down. Unfortunately, St. Nicholas scored with a speculative long-range effort with only 10 minutes to play, and so the tie moved into extra-time. A rare defensive lapse then gave St Nicholas a free header inside our 6-yard box, and they took a 2-1 lead, which was barely deserved. The boys continued to battle on, but despite creating a couple of good chances, couldn’t find the finish that was needed to take the match to penalties, and St. Nicholas retained their title.
Despite the ultimate disappointment of losing in the final, the boys have done themselves and their school very proud with a fantastic run of performances, which very nearly took them all the way in the competition
Hopefully some of our other teams can take inspiration from the exploits of the Year 11 boys, and can achieve success in their league football competitions. With two league games remaining the Year 7, 9 and 10 teams all have a good chance of grabbing a top two finish to qualify for their league play-off final, and the Year 8 boys have gone one step further by already qualifying for their showpiece event. These matches are scheduled to take place on the 2nd and 3rd May, so hopefully I’ll be able to share some more successes with you in the next edition.