The Year 11 boys’ football team has played exceptionally well to reach the last 16 of the English Schools’ Football Association (ESFA) Boys Under 16 Cup. The competition started with 633 teams from across the country and to successfully progress through to the seventh round is incredible; we are extremely proud of the team.
The team can hold their heads up high as, throughout the cup, they have played as a unit, supporting each other and demonstrating excellent football throughout with some very memorable games. The squad’s determination to dig in and take every opportunity is demonstrated with 11 different goal scorers throughout the competition, although with 8 goals in five games Aidan D is the top scorer for Cardinal Heenan. The resilience of the team was clear to see during the second-round match against Fulford, coming from 1-0 down, Harry A put Cardinal Heenan 2-1 up with only minutes to spare in the game before Alan M scored a decisive third goal to secure a strong win.
Here are the stats:
Round 1 Bye
Round 2 beat Fulford School, 3-1
Round 3 beat Immanuel College, 11-0
Round 4 beat Garforth Academy, 1-0
Round 5 beat High Storrs School, 6-2
Round 6 beat Hungerhill School, 8-2
Round 7 lost to St Cuthbert’s High School, 0-1
Three of the squad have signed scholarships with professional football clubs which will start in the 2023/24 academic year. Rhys Chadwick Chaplin has signed with Leeds United, Alfie Bradshaw, Bradford City, and Aidan Durkan with Hull City, congratulations and good luck!
The squad are still competing in the Leeds League and Cup, defending their titles from last season.