St Thomas More High School

Double Quarter Finalist Success!!

Starting on Friday v Shenfield High School, a school with a fantastic sporting reputation with their current side being Mid Essex School champions. STM started superbly, with Lewis Gard converting a Billy Ebbles cross on 32 seconds...


After dominating the first half, STM couldn’t find the back of the net again until 10 minutes in to the 2nd half, with a Franklin Craik free kick somehow finding its way into the back of the net.Shenfield gave everything in the latter stages and thoroughly deserved their goal; however STM showed great determination and resilience to see the game out to make the last 8 of the Essex Cup.

Following a fantastic win on Friday, the attention was turned to the last 16 of the National Cup v Oasis Academy Shirley Park, another school with a fantastic reputation having previously won the completion and having an the official partnership school with Crystal Palace FC. Knowing that the opposition had players of superb individual talent and played for professional clubs and even national representatives, STM started the game nervously, with Oasis controlling the early stages. STM finally found their stride in the game and caused Oasis real problems at the back, with a few chances being well saved by the Scotland international goalkeeper for Oasis. Finally, the deadlock was broken when Franklin Craik slotted home from 8 yards. STM once again defended with tenacity, discipline and intelligence to keep Oasis at bay; however Oasis finally hit a superb equaliser through their Crystal Palace left winger, with just 8 minutes to go. FT 1-1.

Into extra time and STM encouraged on by a fantastic crowd, played with confidence knowing that a chance would come at some point. Deep into extra time, that chance arrived as Lewis Gard slotted in Lewis Judge who managed to hold off the defender and slot the ball under the oncoming keeper to win the game and advance in to the PlayStation School National Cup Quarter Finals.

A truly amazing achievement for the boys, school and local community, and somethingeveryone involved should be immensely proud of.  A trip to Leicester against Lancaster School, to be played on Thursday 12th Feb at Oagby Town FC.



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