U16 Rep Team qualify for SEESFA semi-final

Middlesex 2-1 Kent

South East England Schools' FA LC Hill Trophy, 25th February 2017

Guerin Nimi and Wichtor Wachala scored to send Middlesex U16s into the semi-final of the South East England Schools’ FA competition.

Middlesex enjoyed the perfect start when after two minutes striker James Bromley was hacked down inside the box. Midfielder Guerin Nimi stepped up and rifled the penalty into the top corner. Kent rallied and the Middlesex defence of  Moragn Whittick, Keith Taziwa, David Oppong- Wiafe and skipper Michael O’ Neil had to defend for their lives at times. Keeper Josh Bierne made a superb save from point blank range to keep Middlesex in front. In the second half Christos Georgacopoulos was introduced into midfield and impressed on his debut. The tie was sealed when Nimi broke into the box and cut the ball back to Wichtor Wachala to emphatically drive home. Kent scored a consolation goal a minute from time but it is Middlesex who go through to play Hertfordshire.

Team: Cai Burrows , Christos Georgacopoulos,  David Oppong-Wiafe, Emre Top, Guerin Nimi,   James Bromley ,   Josh Beirne,  Jude Moore, Keith Taziwa,  Michael O’ Neil  (capt.)   Kyle Mathews,   Morgan Whittick, Tashae Gibbons,  Simeon Olarerin, Wichtor Wachala. 

Middlesex coach Chris Ampofo commented after the match: “It was a battle and the players showed great determination and character.  It is a great achievement to reach the semis and they deserve it for the tremendous effort they have put in today and all season."

U18 Leagues reach knockout phase

The Middlesex Schools' FA's Under-18 Leagues have now reached the play-offs which determine the overall champion of each competition.

The 1st XI League is divided into two regionalised divisions in which schools are due to play each other at home and away. The top two schools in each division then progress to the play-offs, where the side finishing top of the North Division plays at home to the school which placed second in the South Division and vice versa.

In the smaller, single division 2nd XI League, schools play one match against the others, with the top four schools advancing to the semi-final.

In both competitions, matches not played by the cut-off point and where neither school has failed to fulfil the fixture have been recorded as 0-0 draws in accordance with MSFA Rules.

The knockout stages of both Leagues are as follows:

1st XI League

Ashmole Academy 0-3 St Thomas More
Alec Reed Academy v Finchley Catholic

FINAL: St Thomas More v Alec Reed Academy / Finchley Catholic

2nd XI League

Enfield Grammar 4-2 Finchley Catholic
Alec Reed Academy 0-2 Ashmole Academy

FINAL: Enfield Grammar v Ashmole Academy

 

Under-16 Rep. Team into SEESFA Semi-Final

The Middlesex Schools' FA Under-16 Representative Team have reached the semi-final of their South-East England Schools' FA (SEESFA) competition.

The Seaxes defeated Kent 2-1 at Brunel University Sports Park on 25th February to secure second place in Group 1 of the LC Hill Trophy. Their reward is an away tie against neighbours Hertfordshire, who have already secured top spot in Group 2 with one match still to play. Surrey, who won the group in which Middlesex competed, will play at home to Norfolk or Essex.

Middlesex's Under-14 squad also have the chance to reach the knockout phase of their SEESFA competition. Having completed their fixtures with two wins and two draws from five matches, the Seaxes now wait for the result of the match between Surrey and Hampshire on 11th March. If group leaders Surrey win or draw, they will secure top spot and eliminate Hampshire. Should Hampshire win, they will join Surrey on nine points and knock Middlesex out.

We wish the Under-16 squad well in their semi-final and await the outcome of the final matches in the Under-14 competition. Whatever happens, the Association congratulates all players selected to represent the County this season on their achievement.