The Year 7 Boys’ Football team from St Benedict’s last week played their hearts out in the ESFA National Cup Quarter Final.
After making it through the previous seven rounds, St.Benedict’s found themselves facing Sir Thomas Wharton Academy in the ESFA National Cup Quarter Finals. The magnitude of the game was reflected in the crowd watching, both sides were very well supported.
St. Benedict’s started the game in confident mood and were rewarded inside the first three minutes as a hopeful ball forward was allowed to bounce inside the opposition penalty area and the St.Benedict’s striker headed home over the on-rushing goalkeeper to open the scoring.
Sir Thomas Wharton came back strongly though and began to dominate possession and were looking dangerous going forward.
St. Benedict’s defence were keeping them at bay though until a long range effort looped into the very top corner of the net to equalize. Within a minute Sir Thomas Wharton had scored again, admittedly a fantastic goal. They moved the ball quickly and their striker smashed the ball into the top corner to give the keeper no chance.
St Benedict’s did well to weather a further onslaught as Sir Thomas Wharton pressed to try and kill the game off, striking the frame of the goal and having a goal chalked off also. 2-1 half time.
The second half saw Sir Thomas start the stronger, adding to their tally with a headed goal from a corner. This seemed to kick start the St.Benedict’s lads and they began to keep possession and to have a go at the Yorkshire side.
They were duly awarded a penalty with 20 minutes to go. Unfortunately the keeper sprang up to save it! St. Benedict’s had the better of the exchanges in the last 15 minutes and finally broke through the stubborn defence in the closing stages to make it 3-2.
The final whistle sounded as time became the biggest enemy.
Tony Harrison, PE Teacher from St Benedict’s was extremely proud of the team and comments:
“The effort from the lads has been brilliant all year, as has the constant superb support from the watching parents. It take a massive team effort to reach the last eight schools in England and everyone associated with this team should be proud of this achievement.”
Pictured below are the team during their meeting with Headteacher Mr Smith to congratulate them on their success.