Gloucester school make ESFA National Schools Cup Semi Final for second successive year

Having not made the semi finals in the ESFA National Schools Cup before, Gloucester based St. Peter’s High School have made the final four for a second successive year. 

The Year 7 boys Football Team celebrated a fantastic 4-1 win at Liverpool-based St. Francis Xavier’s College on Friday afternoon and will now be in the semi finals, which are due to be played in February.

Friday’s result comes just 10 months after a 4-0 win over the Queens’ School from Watford in the Quarter Finals of the same competition last season.

After the game P.E. Teacher and coach Martin McDermott spoke to us about his side emulating last season’s achievement.

“Friday’s performance was outstanding,” McDermott told us. “We were against a very good and well organised SFX side, who boasted academy players from all of the major Liverpool clubs. 

The boys were excellent in defence and devastating in attack, with 4 different scorers. I am super proud of all the boys in the squad for a fantastic team performance,” McDermott added. 

Friday’s win sees St. Peter’s boast three high scoring wins in the competition so far, having won away at Torquay Academy 7-0 in November in Round 2, after receiving a bye in Round 1, before winning 5-3 at home to the Thomas Telford School earlier in January.

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Now, just two games away from lifting the cup, McDermott has praised his side for reaching this stage and tells us that the players can be proud of themselves after Friday’s game.

“I am very lucky that the boys in the team have settled so well together and the challenge to go one better than last year seems a real target for them,” McDermott told us.

“We have had a very tough run to get to this point, so to reach another national semi final is an amazing achievement for the boys. 

I didn’t expect to be here again but after Friday’s performance we certainly deserve to be here. It might not happen again, but the boys will remember today – 8 hours travelling for a hours game is made sweeter when you win.” 

St. Peters have seen three sides make the final stages in their cup competitions this season after having three make the Quarter Finals last season and McDermott believes the players are showing how talented the next generation of Gloucestershire footballers can be.

“We have been lucky enough to have three sides make the last 16 in their cups this season, with the Year 10’s losing away to Ivybridge Community College on Thursday and the Year 9’s waiting to play their game next week.

But the Year 7 boys making a semi final has been a fabulous achievement for the school and something we are immensely proud of! It’s great to see the county represented at the latter stages of a national competition, let alone to do it two year’s running!” McDermott said.

Everyone at Severn Sport would like to congratulate the Year 7 Boys side at St. Peter’s for their achievement and we wish you all the luck in the world for the rest of the competition!