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Broadlands Academy are crowned ESFA National Cup Winners!

posted Aug 24, 2015, 1:53 AM by Nicholas Basson   [ updated Aug 24, 2015, 1:54 AM ]
Broadlands Academy were crowned Under 15s ESFA Small Schools National Cup Winners when they beat a team from Chester 3-1 in the final at Reading's Madejski Stadium.

The Year 10 football heroes from Bristol powered their way through six rounds which featured 91 teams from the length and breadth of England to reach the final. Along the way they averaged four goals per game - one more than they conceded in total!

Here is how the sponsors of the tournament summarised the matched which clinched the prestigious title:

"The game was blessed with two wonderful strikes, both by Broadlands’ Jack Goddard whose fantastic individual performance made sure it was them who would get their hands on the trophy as they prevailed 3-1. The second of Goddard’s strike was from fully 35 yards out and will surely feature in the ‘Goals of the Festival’ compilation that will be uploaded to the PlayStation Schools’ Cup YouTube channel after the tournament."

SOURCE: https://playstationschoolscup.com/

Now for the comments from two of the winning team and their coach...

Jack Goddard, Man of the Match: "The whole experience of the day was amazing and to score two screamers at the Madejski and win 3-1 was an incredible feeling. To also get Man of the Match and a free PS4 was a bonus."

Liam Armstrong, Captain & Goalkeeper: "I thought everyone played extremely well, especially after a county cup final loss. We thoroughly deserved every goal we scored. To captain a team at the Madejski and win it was an indescribable feeling. We also had great support from family and friends."

John Spring, Director of Learning and Team Coach: "I am so proud of the boys' achievements this season and am delighted that they are National Cup champions because it is exactly what they deserve for all of their hard work, commitment and the positive attitude they display in every game they play. Their performance was e

xcellent and every single player in the team played their part.

"They have developed as a team since they came together in Y7 and many of them play in the same team outside of the Academy. I think this is apparent when you watch them play and see how hard they are willing to work for each other. They have improved so much and are determined to be an outstanding footballing team and I think they demonstrated this for everybody watching in the final.

"A huge thank you needs to be given to all their parents/carers who come to every friendly, league game, cup game and often training sessions. They have been so supportive of the team and I appreciate all of their help in making our success possible. I would also like to thank all of the staff students at Broadlands Academy who demonstrated our outstanding community spirit and have always been supportive of the team.

"I look forward to continuing working with the team and am hopeful that they achieve further success in Y11."

Congratulations Broadlands. You are very worthy winners!

                                         The winning team!                                                                                               Jack Goddard: Man of the Match