U15 SIDE WIN SCHOOLS’ CUP
AFTER The Harefield Academy's Under 16 side won the English Schools' FA (ESFA) Cup earlier this month, the Under 15 age group yesterday (Monday) won their final at Ashton Gate.
Watford's pupils at the pioneering school beat Lancaster School & Sports College 4-3 at Bristol City's home ground.
It is the first time in the history of the competition that a school has won two trophies in the same year.
Bernard Mensah got the first goal on 11 minutes but the teams went in level at half time with the score at 1-1.
Mensah added another immediately after the break, then Afolabi Obafemi netted the third goal on 47 minutes as the pupils from Middlesex started the second half strongly.
Lancaster showed plenty of character to fight back in the heat and they got their first goal back through Sam Rogers on 57 minutes and Elliot Francis then equalised on 72 minutes.
Extra time was subsequently required and Jordan Bholo grabbed the winning strike for The Harefield Academy to secure the second national trophy of the month, after the U16 Boys' Cup success at Oldham Athletic.
Congratulations to everyone involved in another excellent cup victory. The Hornets had nine of their youngsters in the U15 squad.
Watford have worked in partnership with The Harefield Academy since 2007 to produce talented footballers, who are also well-rounded young individuals.
At Harefield they receive more coaching time compared to other Academies and recently first-year scholar Gavin Massey signed a pro contract after going through the system at the school.
In 2008 The Harefield Academy lifted the ESFA Under 15 trophy and many of the players involved are now scholars with Watford's Academy.
Keep an eye on www.watfordfc.com for further reaction.
The Harefield Academy: Luke Humphries, Keshi Anderson, Beau Amos, De'Reece Vanderhyde, Jordan Willmore, George Davey, Austin Eaton, Jack Westlake, Kamaron English, Jordan Bholo, Dominic Ball, Bernard Mensah, Afolabi Obafemi, Neil Bignell, Ben Collard and Spencer McCall.