U16 FAPL Trophy: Lancs 3-1 Leics
Lancashire Boys secure a place in the final
Lancashire boys dug deep to retrieve a 1-0 deficit going into the last 15 minutes to secure their place in the ESFA Premier League U16 Inter County Trophy Final. In a tremendous game of schoolboy football at Burscough FC on Tuesday night (21 March), Leicestershire took a 1-0 lead after the break. A deep cross was not dealt with, which allowed Andy Hickey to steal in at the far post.
In the first half both teams created good opportunities but both goalkeepers were on top form. Chris Thompson (Rossendale) made a brave stop at the Leicestershire attacker's feet in the first 5 minutes. He then showed his skills under the high ball on a number of occasions. Dominic Merella (South Ribble) became a thorn in the Leicester defence as he raided down the right wing on a number. From one of these sorties he gained a free kick. Lewis Craig (Pendle) then came across to whip in as superb left-footed cross, Rob Turner (Blackburn) timed his run to perfection and deftly headed past Leicestershire goalkeeper, Daniel Whatsize. He then doubled his tally with a great turn and shot just a few minutes later. Alex Smith rounded off the match with a well guided header after another cross from Craig, this time from the left.
Andy Buckingham Lancashire's coach was both relieved and happy. "It was tense affair for all, but, this team has shown such character all season". Lancashire have achieved seven wins out of seven competitive fixtures this season. "This is a record that Lancashire Schools has not repeated since they last won the National title in 1998. I am very proud to be associated with such a talented group. We have been drawn against either Devon in the final, so I hope we can secure a Premier league ground - the boys certainly deserve it".
March 2006 News
30th :: U16 Girls Trophy: Essex 1-4 Hampshire
At Ford's Sports & Social Club, Ilford, Essex on Tuesday 28 March
Hampshire travelled to Essex on Tuesday (28 March) in the semi-final of the ESFA N.U.T.
27th :: Centenary Shield: England 2-0 Scotland
A crowd of over 3000 saw England Schoolboys continue their excellent start to this season's Centenary Shield with a 2-0 win against Scotland on Friday night (24 March) at Home Park Plymouth Argyle FC.
24th :: Centenary Shield: England v Scotland
England will look to continue their good start in this season's Centenary Shield when they entertain Scotland at Plymouth Argyle FC tonight (24 March), kick-off 7.00 pm.
24th :: U16 FAPL Trophy: Hampshire 0-3 Devon
Devon reached their first ever U16 Inter County Trophy Final with a 3-0 victory over Hampshire at BAT Sports Ground in Southampton yesterday (23 March).
23rd :: U18 FAPL Trophy: Shrops 1-2 Merseyside
Monday evening (20 March) saw Merseyside progress to their seventh U18 Inter County Trophy final since the competition began in 1978 as they overcame a resilient Shropshire team at AFC Telford.
22nd :: Boodle & Dunthorne Cup Final
Millfield School 1 Kings' School 2
The Independent Schools' FA Boodle & Dunthorne Cup Final took place on Monday evening (20 March) at Leicester City Football Club.
21st :: Goalpost Safety Scheme
In a little over four months, The Football Foundation Goalpost Safety Scheme has proved one of the most popular initiatives to be introduced.
20th :: Training Match: England 2-1 Cambridge
England Schoolboys prepared for forthcoming Centenary Shield matches against Scotland and Republic of Ireland with a confidence boosting 2-1 win against Cambridge University on Sunday (19 March) at St Catherine?s College.
17th :: Training Match: England v Cambridge Uni
England Schoolboys will take on Cambridge University on Sunday 19 March as a warm-up for the forthcoming Centenary Shield matches against Scotland and Republic of Ireland.
16th :: RAF Cup for Girls: Semi-Final Round-Up
Meadowhead 4-1 Church Stretton
Meadowhead School (South Yorkshire) took on Church Stretton School (Shropshire) in this lunchtime kick-off to compete for a place in the final of the Royal Air Force Schools Cup for Girls.
15th :: RAF Cup for Boys: Semi-Final Round-Up
(Hants CSFA) at Selhurst Park Impington 3-1 Goffs
The first semi-final in the Royal Air Force U16 Schools' Cup for Boys kicked-off at 12 noon today at RAF Cosford, near Wolverhampton.
14th :: RAF Cup: Semis to be played this week
The Semi-Finals of the Royal Air Force Cup for U16 Boys and Girls Schools' teams will be played this week at RAF Cosford, near Wolverhampton.
06th :: U15 Trophy QF: Swansea 3-0 South'ton
Swansea secured a place in the Semi-Final of the ESFA U15 Inter Association Trophy, sponsored by the National Union of Teachers, with a convincing 3-0 win over Southampton on Saturday (04 March) at the St Helens Stadium in Swansea.
01st :: U15 Trophy QF: Plymouth 2-3 Cambridge
Cambridge grabbed a dramatic late winner against Plymouth last night at Tavistock Football Club, to secure a place in the Semi-Finals of the ESFA U15 Inter Association Trophy, sponsored by the National Union of Teachers.