E.F.C. and E.S.F.A. Tournament
The A team were taking part in the Southport and Formby Schools' Tournament. This is joint competition run by Everton F.C. Academy and the English Schools' F.A.
The boys opening game saw Farnborough dominating play against Kew Woods, playing passing football and creating chances but failing to break the dead-lock. With time running out Kew Woods broke and nearly scored, the ball striking the past, bouncing off our defender and Bailey on hand to stop an own goal! Farnborough pressed for the win and finally the ball broke in the box from a corner and Adam scored his first goal of the season. 1 nil and three points in the bag!
Match 2 was against Ainsdale C.E. with Patric and Jack playing their first game of the tournament. (Patric had stepped in to help once again with Lucas going home sick in the afternoon) Once again the team were outplaying their opponents however this time their passing was far more accurate. A brilliant move starting with Lawrie, passing to Theo who spread it wide to the right wing, saw Rhys break in to the box and smash in the opening goal. Further moves saw another great move involving Rhys, Lawrie and Theo who crossed to Rico, unfortunately he managed to head over the empty net with goal beckoning! Once again Rico was put in from the left but struck the post - it wasn't to be his match for scoring! Result 1 nil to Farnborough.
Final group game saw a tight encounter against Our Lady of Lourdes. Theo, Rhys and Jack all went close with good efforts but it was Our Ladys who were to score first. The boys continued to work hard to get back on level terms and Bailey made a number of further saves in goal as the match ebbed and flowed. Final result a 1 nil loss but the boys still progressed through as group winners.
Our semi-final against Birkdale witnessed Farnborough's best football of the afternoon with Rhys opening the scoring and Rico finally getting a goal he deserved. A comfortable 2 nil victory and a place in the final against Our Lady of Compassion from Formby.
Another final for the boys with the line up:
Rhys Lawrie Rico
Farnborough looked organised and were working hard against a strong opposition, creating chances up front but unable to quite finish off! Farnborough's passing was accurate, with purpose and it was only a matter of time before the deadlock was broken and it fell to a very calm Theo to open his goal account for the day. With the lead secured the team defended resolutely and victory secured as the whistle blew. Unfortunately with such a tight final Patric and Adam remained unused substitutes but their contributions were fully appreciated in the rest of the tournament.
The boys are now double champions and a number of the boys (Lawrie, Rhys, Rico and Bailey) have done this in back to back seasons - an incredible achievement!
Farnborough will now play in the Year 6 finals at Everton's Finch Farm and in the Merseyside E.S.F.A. county finals later in the year.
The boys should once again be extremely proud of their achievements and the manner in which they represented the school - well done.