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Elite Football - Boys Reach National Final!

Our U19 Football Performance boys have reached the Final of the NFYL League Cup after beating Tottenham Hotspur 6-2 with an impressive performance away from home.

We anticipated a tough game travelling to North London as Tottenham beat us 3-0 in the league back on 18th October but having won EVERY NFYL League and League Cup game since then we were in confident spirits and started the game strongly. We were 1-0 up after 7 minutes after a spell of possession culminated in a strike from Komba deflecting into the corner. We were quickly pegged back by a dubious penalty after the striker slipped in the box and then smashed home. As has been our character all season, we responded even stronger and within 5 minutes it was 3-1! Pilling fired home a rebound after Sucklings shot was saved before Abubakar raced clear to set up Suckling for a tap in. The game then became very frantic and open as spurs looked to find a way back into the game but JMA should have killed off their opposition shortly before half time only to spurn 2 excellent opportunities. This rallied the home side and they found themselves back in the game with a goal just before the break, 2-3.

JMA started the 2nd half as they did the 1st and within 2 minutes it was 4-2 and they could sense the cup final coming! Alves stole the ball from a defender to race through and finish effortlessly and spark jubilant celebrations. Ceesay, who was unfortunate not to start the game after a rich run of form then came on and finished the game off. His 1st was a fantastic solo effort, twisting and turning his defender before smashing home. His second and our 6th came from a sublime pass from Man of the Match Darboe and Cessay ran clear to finish expertly and cement JMA’s place in only their 2nd National Cup Final in the football programmes 10 years existence.

Director of Football Performance Butch said, “We have grown and grown as a group this season. Our work ethic and team spirit is the strongest I have seen in a team here before and the boys fully deserve to be in the final against a strong Palace side. We’ve spoken as a group and the boys fully recognise that the job is far from done but we are really looking forward to what will be a very special occasion for the group”

The final will take place at Premier League ground Selhurst Park, home of Crystal Palace FC, at 1:30pm on 23rd May.

We would like to see as many students, ex students and players, parents friends etc coming along to support the boys!