Year 11 Football Team
A huge congratulations go to our year 11 football team who had a magnificent 4-2 win over a very talented West Hill School, East Manchester, in what was the biggest sporting day in the history of the school.
In a game in which the teams were very evenly matched, our opponents started the game in confident fashion and bossed the early stages of the game, though without creating anything in the way of clear cut chances.
We took the lead in the 20th minute, against the run of play, when Callum Duffy outpaced their defender to send a lob over the keeper for a superb opening goal. However, you are never more vulnerable than when you have just scored and West Hill equalised within two minutes with a shot from outside the box into the bottom corner of the net. Disappointing as it was, it was a goal our visitors deserved. Despite their goal our lads grew into the game and the half ended without any further addition to the scoreline.
It was time for the most important team talk of coach Kiernan’s life and it clearly paid dividends as we came out a different side as we took the game to our opponents. It was no surprise when we took the lead five minutes into the 2nd half as Joe Arnott stabbed the ball home from 8 yards after a spell of home pressure.
The game continued to ebb and flow, but we took a 3-1 lead 22 minutes into the half when Joe Arnott used his strength to hold off and outpace the defender and confidently rounded the keeper to give us a two goal cushion.
The game became end to end for a while before we started to defend more deeply as the final beckoned. With 10 minutes to go our opponents’ pressure paid off when they scored from close range following a scramble in the box. It was really time for our lads to stand up and be counted.
The West Hill lads should have equalised with 5 minutes to go when their striker smashed the ball over the bar from close range following an excellent cross from their tricky winger.
As our visitors searched for an equaliser we were getting chances on the break and one such lightning break brought about a fourth goal in the dying minutes. An excellent passing interchange between Adam Wilkinson and Joe Arnott resulted in Joe curling in a magnificent shot from the edge of the box for a wonder finish. We were nearly there.
Five minutes of stoppage time were played during which both sides had chances to score, before the referee brought a memorable encounter to a close.
We had made it through to a national final for the first time in the schools history and it was celebrated enthusiastically and respectfully by players, parents and staff alike, including retired old boys, Dowd, Sinclair and Faircloth (remember them?).
We now go to the NATIONAL final which will be played on either Monday 24th or Tuesday 25th April at the magnificent setting of Manchester City’s 6500 seater Academy Stadium. We hope to have a large support at the game(details will follow).
Our opponents will be The Windsor Boys School.
When Wrecka meets Windsor!!
Not very often you see these two places mentioned in the same sentence. Bring it on!
From the Manager
Well done lads,
If ever a set of players deserved success, it is this group. What a run to the final it has been. Every single one of the 15-man squad has contributed in some way and your hard work, determination, will to win and tremendous footballing ability has been a joy to be a part of.
You have all been asking for an ‘away’ day since about Round 3. Well, now you’ve got one, and what an away trip it promises to be.
Enjoy the next month preparing and thinking about what is to come, then enjoy the whole day and match itself and let’s make sure we come back home with the Cup.
From the Players
It was an unbelievable feeling when that final whistle went. You could just see the excitement and joy in all the lad’s faces. It’s a great achievement to be in the top two of England. To think we have went from being satisfied with top 64 and 32 in the last two years, to now being in the final. To also get there with a very respectable 4-2 win is class in my opinion! I have to give credit where credit is due, Joe Arnott helped us massively to win that game with his hat-trick! On to the final boys!
– A. Burn
It is an immense feeling, knowing we are going to the English Schools Final. To know we are at least the second best team in England… it’s surreal. We’ve finally got our away day, howay the lads! #daretodream
– C. Duffy
From the Headteacher
Last Wednesday our Yr 11 boy’s football team produced an outstanding performance to beat a very strong West Hill Academy team from greater Manchester, 4:2 in the semi-final of the English schools cup. They will now face Windsor Boys School in the final at Manchester City’s Academy Stadium in April. I have been fortunate enough to see most of the games in the later stages of this tournament involving our team and what I have witnessed from our lads with regard to their attitude, conduct, behaviour and quality has made me incredibly proud. As well as being a tremendously talented group of individuals they are also an absolute credit to our school by the way they have represented us and are by far the most successful team we have ever had at Cardinal Hume. To reach a national final in any sport is a fantastic achievement but to reach a final of our national game in a fierce competition with almost 600 entries is even more impressive. I hope you will join me in wishing our lads every success in the coming final and let’s hope they can make history and lift that cup for our school and our region. Whatever the result in April our year 11 lads have set a sporting standard that I hope many other year’s groups and teams at Cardinal Hume will emulate in the years to come.