Eastbury School football team set for big title showdown at Colchester

PUBLISHED: 13:07 24 May 2011

Eastbury School

Eastbury School


Year eight football team set to face Liverpool’s Cardinal Heenan Sports School at Colchester United’s Weston Homes Community Stadium tomorrow (Wednesday).

Eastbury School’s year eight football team will be hoping to pick up their fifth trophy of the season today (Wednesday) as they face Liverpool-based Cardinal Heenan Sports School.

The Barking school have already won the Borough League, Borough Cup, Essex Cup and most recently the London Cup in what has been an amazing season for the team.

Nine roundsNow they have made it to the final of the English Schools’ Football Association under-13 Cup, after progressing through nine rounds of the national competition to book their place in the final.

Coach Wayne Baldacchino believes the stage is set for a thrilling finale.

“The commitment of the lads throughout the whole season has been phenomenal,” he said.

“Even when some of the players have been injured they have all still turned up to training just to be part of the team, even through the period of bad weather we had as well.”

John Massala is on the books of Premier League side Fulham, and has been vital throughout the season, regularly finding the back of the net, and Baldacchino knows his importance in the big game.

“The team has performed outstandingly all season,” he added.

“But if I had to single one player out it would have to be John.

“He scores two or three goals in most games and plays an important part in our team.

“But I can’t fault any one of them, they have all been fantastic.”

Massala was on the scoresheet in the 3-2 London Cup win over Eastlea School on Friday, alongside a Reno Turner strike and an own goal.

Although it wasn’t the side’s best performance of the season, the team’s coach believes playing at Colchester United’s Weston Homes Community Stadium will only help them.

“It was a good win on Friday against Eastlea School, but the pitch was very dry and difficult for the boys to play football on,” said Baldacchino.

“We don’t know much about the opposition, but playing on a far superior pitch to most at this stage of the season will be nice and hopefully it can give the boys confidence.”

Eastbury have racked up 35 goals on their way to the final, only conceding 11.

They made sure of their place in the national final with a 2-0 win over Croydon’s Whitgift School thanks to another strike from Turner and an own goal.

Now they will be looking to go one step further and complete an amazing quintet.

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