A CROSBY school which has never seen one of its football teams reach the final of a national tournament had two this year!
Both the under 12 and under 15 sides at St Mary’s College managed to get to the finals of the English Schools’ Football Association (ESFA) Small Schools’ Cup.
The under 12 side took home the trophy after a battling 2-1 victory over St Michael’s Middle School but sadly the under 15s team were beaten by Buckswood School.
More than 6,000 teams entered the national cup competition which began in?September last year, but the latter stages of the event - which should have been played in the spring - were delayed because of the national lockdown.
The finals were eventually played last week at Lilleshall National?Sports Centre in?Shropshire. Spectators were not permitted because of Covid-19 restrictions, but the matches were broadcast live with professional commentary on YouTube.
The St Mary’s under 12 side captained by Dylan Travis were crowned national champions following a 2-1 victory against St Michael’s Middle School from Poole in?Dorset.
Hopes were high for a dream double but sadly it was not to be. Despite putting in a spirited performance, the under 15s skippered by Anthony Parker lost 3-1 in their final to Buckswood School from East Sussex.
St?Mary’s College Principal, Mike Kennedy, said:?“The school has never reached a national football final before so it’s remarkable that we had two teams in the finals of this year’s prestigious ESFA event.
“It’s an incredible achievement and I’d like to pay tribute to the skills and hard work of all the players and staff members involved.
“Obviously for the under 12s to win their final was the icing on the cake, but what’s really important is that the two teams have helped St. Mary’s to make its mark on football at national level for the first time.”