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County Cup Football Win!

The Excel Academy lifted the Under-12’s Staffordshire Schools County Cup after Alfie Oldfield’s crucial save in a nail-biting penalty shootout proved decisive in an exciting final played at St George’s Park.

The Academy went into the final having conceded 7 goals but scoring 22 in the competition. It was a very competitive game and Excel were unfortunate not to go in front during the first half, with Lucas Smith being denied by the framework of the goal.

Both teams defended extremely well, resulting in the game finishing as a 0-0 draw. Extra time saw no other goals but Christ Church also hit the post in the dying moments of the game.

The game went to penalties. Both teams converted their first 3 penalties until Alfie Oldfield made an outrageous save down to his right, tipping the ball onto the crossbar. Both teams again converted their next two penalties and then pressure then fell to Callum Dixon who very calmly slotted the winning penalty into the bottom right of the goal, clinching a 5-4 win for Excel.

Manager, Mark Tipping said: “The whole team showed so much passion and dedication in what was their most important game for the Academy so far. It was one of the tightest games I have ever managed but both teams missed simple chances that could have won the game. We had fantastic growth mind-set, we never gave up and we are extremely proud of the whole team.”

Principal, Darren Bishop said: “We are extremely proud to win such a prestigious cup! I would like to congratulate the team and coaches for all the hard work and effort they put in to become County Champions!”

Well done to the following players:
Alfie Oldfield (GK)
Lucas Smith
Rourke Fisher
Sultan Yusuf (C)
Jack Field
Jake Bew
Mekhi Simpson
Aaron Ratcliffe
Zach Hallam
Jacob Bossons
Branndon Alcock
Callum Dixon
Jack Taylor
Jack Hulme