Bluecoat edge closer
TWO teams from the Bluecoat Academy have taken another step forward towards winning national competitions, organised by the English Schools' FA.
Bluecoat U16s beat English Martrys R.C. School (Leicester) in round seven of their knock-out cup. They have now reached the last eight of a competition that began with 738 schools.
For their round eight match, they will have to travel to play either Stokesley School (North Yorkshire) or South Hunsley High School (East Riding).
Strangely enough, in round six of the ESFA U15 Boys' Cup, Bluecoat entertained their South Hunsley counterparts in their bid to reach that last 16 from an original entry of 769 teams.
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After a very tight game, the score remained level at 0-0 even after extra-time. However the Bluecoat boys held their nerve to win the penalty shoot-out 5-4. They will now face St. Cuthbert High School (Rochdale).
On Saturday morning, five City Schools' representative teams journeyed north to play Leeds, but they all returned without a win.
Leeds U15 began strongly, but ten minutes before the break a long-range shot from Reece Peacock (Farnborough) gave his side the lead. In the second half, Leeds were well on top and scored three times.
Nottingham U14s also scored first with a goal in the third minute of their game. Ashlee Salt (Fernwood) fired home from the edge of the penalty area after pouncing on a cross from Raequon Noon-Brandy (Nottingham Academy).
Leeds equalised five minutes later. After the break the home side knocked in two more goals, before Noon-Brandy got his name on the score-sheet with a great individual goal. Despite all their efforts and a few close misses, Nottingham lost 3-2.
Leeds U13s stormed into a 3-0 lead. With about 15 minutes remaining, Nottingham's hopes were raised when Zak Kinniburgh (Nottingham Academy) hammered in a powerful shot. Unfortunately the Nottingham defence could not keep out the Leeds strikers and lost 5-1.
Two different styles of play clashed in the U12 match but the direct, long ball style of play shown by Leeds eventually gave them a 3-1 win. Ben Upton (Fernwood) scored.
Nottingham U11s went down 4-0 to Leeds.