The Academy Year 10 team started their football season with fantastic win against Kesgrave High School in the English Schools Football Association Cup (ESFA).
Schools across England enter this competition to compete and qualify for a Cup Final at a Premier League stadium. Last year, when the squad was in Year 9, they made it to the last 64 out of 750 schools nationally. Within the first round this season we were fortunate to get a bye which put us straight into the second round against Kesgrave High School.
The team played very well, especially as it is the first time they have played as a team since February. The Academy side started the game very quickly and had a shot within the first 40 seconds which only narrowly missed. However the team only had to wait a couple of minutes before Charlie Brown scored after some neat play by the Academy side. This is how it stayed until half time with both teams having some great chances, but Adam Hart in goal stood up to everything that came his way.
At half time we had to change our style of play slightly as Kesgrave played a very attacking formation which was causing us some issues. The boys adapted to this very well and were soon in control of the game once again.
Matt Hazell had a fantastic first half in central midfield however was forced off through injury which again meant we had to alter our style. With Charlie Brown playing a lot of football in the build up to this match with Ipswich Town, he was causing a big threat to the Kesgrave defence but we decided to substitute him to allow fresh legs on the pitch.
The substitutes did very well and it was one the subs, George Rawnsley, who the moves that resulted in our second goal after intercepting Kesgraves goal kick. The ball eventually found Luke Barnes after some great play from Farron Leggett-Gage which made the score 2-0. Kesgrave then started their attack which left them open in defence and allowed us to score a third through Dan Horton.
Kesgrave nearly pulled one back, but once again Adam Hart was amazing in goal and denied their effort. Kesgrave were very tired for the last 5 minutes as they had put 100% effort into a well contested game. This allowed
Vincent Ramiloza to capitalise making the final score 4-0 to Felixstowe Academy.
The team played very well and both Mr Cain and I were very pleased with their effort, attitude and style of play.
The Year 10 squad included: