Hartpury Football U18s Mens side have won the ESFA Boys U18 Elite Schools’ & Colleges’ Cup, after beating Astrea Woodfields Academy 5-0 at Blackburn Rovers’ Ewood Park on Tuesday afternoon.
The side included two previous Severn Sport Team Of The Month players, Lewis Adams & Logan Roach and we caught up with the both of them after the game.
“To win silverware at any stage is always special but to do it with the boys is a great achievement though. As a team this year we haven’t lost a game and are 23 games undefeated, so to now win a national title is an incredible achievement.” Roach told Severn Sport after the win.
“It feels amazing to add more silverware to the collection from this season and in particular with it being a National Cup, it feels even more special.” Adams added.
Both Roach and Adams have been on Severn Sport’s radar after a number of eye-catching performances over the last 12 months or so. Roach first caught our attention when he scored in Gloucester City U18s’ 2-1 defeat against Oxford United in the FA Youth Cup.
The full back then made the Severn Sport Team of the Year for 2017/18 and was scouted by Longlevens based on our own Ryan Butler’s recommendation. Roach has made the transition into men’s football this season with the Hellenic League side.
Adams caught the eye with a string of fine performances for Slimbridge U18s and FC Barometrics earlier in the season and played a vital role in Baros’ Reg Davis Cup win back in September. He has since gone on to make the transition to be Slimbridge’s number 1 in the Southern League.
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The Swans stopper has had a near perfect season and was in reflective mood after keeping a clean sheet in the National Schools’ final.
“I’m very pleased to have kept a clan sheet at Ewood Park in a National final and not many people can say that! I couldn’t have asked for anymore from the lads in front of me today. It was a truly brilliant team performance.
Personally it has been a fantastic season for me. I never knew I would be having a season like this back in July last year. I can’t thank Slimbridge as a club any more. What they have done for me has been much appreciated, from the U18s side all the way to the first team.”
In the game itself, Hartpury took the lead when King Baidoo rounded the keeper with just 12 minutes on the clock. Josiah Dunstan headed in a second just after the half hour mark to send Hartpury in at the break two goals to the good.
Two goals in eight second half minutes saw Hartpury secure the cup, with Cirencester Town’s Owen Windsor scoring the fourth after an own goal had made it 3-0.
A late Theo Maye free kick ended up in the back of the net to make it 5-0 and saw Hartpury crowned Champions.
For Roach the win caps off a great season, which saw him make the step into Men’s football as well as turn out for the Gloucestershire FA U18s Representative side. The defender will be heading to America in the summer as his development in football at the Angelina College in Texas will continue and has reflected on his season to us.
“I believe that moving to men’s football has definitely helped me to improve, both physically and mentally. I think playing men’s football has taught me a lot more about the game than what I could have learned playing U18s.
I’m excited to be going to America, I can’t wait to go out there and start trying to win another National Championship. I think going out there will be a tough experience, especially when there will be a lot more players from all over the world going out there to showcase what they can do.”
A massive congratulations to everyone involved with the Hartpury Football Men’s U18s side on their National Cup win. Yet more evidence that the local footballing talent coming through can rub shoulders with the very best. It is an exciting time for Gloucestershire Football. Check out the moment the boys lifted the trophy below.
ESFA Boys U18 Elite Schools’ & Colleges’ Cup | @HartpuryFC National Champions ⚽️🏆
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