Liverpool College were pleased to welcome many new schools for their second U18 8-a-side tournament on Saturday 2nd March.
Group L was won by the Manchester Grammar School 2nd XI team who impressed with their passing game. Runners-up were Emmanuel College who defeated the hosts in their opening game and went from strength to strength. Liverpool College played some attractive football as did Oundle School who both qualified for the Plate tournament. Rishworth began with a win but could not build on this momentum while Pollam Hall enjoyed the experience of their tournament debut.
In Group C, AKS began with a strong performance against RGS Newcastle and carried this through their remaining games to top the group. Ackworth School became the only team to defeat The Grange in two years of the tournament and qualified for the Plate competition. This left a tense last game between The Grange and RGS Newcastle for the second semi-final spot which The Grange won after some fine finishing late in the game. Sunderland High School recorded their first tournament win while last year's finalists Stonyhurst College could not repeat their successes this time around.
The Plate competition semi-finals saw some tiring legs as Liverpool College and RGS progressed to the final where, after a goalless game despite chances for both teams, penalties were necessary with Liverpool College winning 5-4.
Penalties were also needed to decide the first of the main tournament semi-finals after AKS and Emmanuel College tied 1-1. Emmanuel emerged victorious and AKS will be disappointed that in two years they have not been beaten but have suffered two penalty shoot-out losses. The second semi-final between The Grange and Manchester Grammar School was the game of the day. The Grange took an early lead but MGS equalised in the second half and had two great chances to win the game before The Grange clinched the game late on. The final was perhaps one game too many for Emmanuel College and the fine forward play of The Grange strikers helped the reigning champions defend their trophy with a 2-0 victory.
Adam A in year 11 played for the Independent Schools U16 England team this weekend and scored in a 2-1 win against Millwall U16 team. Adam has been selected as part of the England squad to travel to Spain in the Easter holidays and is looking forward to games against Athletico Madrid and Real Madrid.
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