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The Kibworth School Year 11 reach National Cup Final


On a sunny windy afternoon at Aylestone Park, The Kibworth School Year 11 team won a place in the Final of the English Schools FA U16 National Cup with a 2-1 win.



Kibworth met King Edward Witley School from Surrey. Both teams came out strongly and at times most of the play seemed to be with King Edward.


In the 15th minute a free kick was awarded to King Edward from a foul outside the box. The ball was struck well beating keeper George Rawlings.


Kibworth rallied well and began to get a foothold in the game; both Owen Batson and Owen Morton providing plenty of width on the wings. Despite a few wayward final balls in the final third, it was clear that Kibworth were in the ascendancy. Kibworth had a great chance to equalise with a thunder bolt of a shot from Will Summers but sadly the ball went over the bar. Then with 30 minutes gone a ball played in by Harvey Potter was met with a beautiful flick, from defender Tom Parsons, and it looped over the goalkeeper dropping into the empty net giving Kibworth a well-deserved equaliser.


Half time came with words of advice from Mr Mulholland (manager) and Mr Thomas (assistant), Kibworth started the second half slowly and had to soak up a bit of pressure from King Edward, but Kibworth’s defence were up to the task and soon the lads began to get a foothold in the game.


After 60 minutes Kibworth brought on Freddie Bashford for Cameron Lawrence. Bashford got straight into the attack and began to cause a few problems for King Edward. In the final 10 minutes Zach Parsons was brought on for Jake Langley on the right. With five minutes left to go, Kibworth won a corner. Midfielder Alex Van Dijk whipped in a superb cross and Tom Parsons got a head on it and sent the ball past the keeper crashing into the back of the net; his fifth goal in two games! The final whistle came and the celebrations began as Kibworth are going to the national cup final.


Team Manager Mr Mulholland said: “It’s a tremendous achievement for Kibworth to reach the final of The English Schools National Cup. We are so proud of the boys who have overcome some very difficult ties both home and away against schools with a strong football pedigree. We hope we can do our supporters proud in the final at Stoke City’s Britannia Stadium.” The final is pencilled in for the 10 May but final arrangements are to be announced shortly.

Headteacher Mrs Merry, is very proud of the team and their achievements to date and she has every confidence that they will perform at a ‘World Class’ level in the final. She also thanks the families for their ongoing support.


Mr Thomas and Mr Mulholland,

The Kibworth School

Issue 400
March 2018

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