Congratulations to Warrington Collegiate’s XI football team on winning the Cheshire Schools’ FA John Sleigh Cup Final with a goal in extra time against Sir John Deane’s College.
Warrington 1st team were at full strength with the pre-match fitness test passed by captain and leader Callum Richards.
They were excited to be in their first cup final – held at Cheshire County Sports Club in Upton, Chester – but showed some nerves in the opening 20 minutes with passes going astray at regular intervals.
The game settled down on the half hour when a long ball was latched on by Daelen Laws. He used his pace to beat the offside trap and force the opposition defender to bring him down. Up stepped Ryan Ormrod to convert the penalty.
Long balls to the wingers and front players were the tactics of Sir John Deane’s for much of the game. They worked from a corner when the equaliser was scored by their striker.
On the hour mark, Sir John Dean got a deserved second goal to take a hold in the game.
But Warrington responded with fantastic character and a winning attitude to score two quick successive goals by the excellent Declan Behan.
The game and Cup looked to be going to Warrington but a last grasp equaliser ended those hopes.
The game went into extra time and some fine motivational words from the coaching team seemed to have worked when Captain Richards powered home a free kick in the last minute to clinch the Cup and the glory for Warrington.
Nick Moors, Lecturer in Sport at the Collegiate, said: “The game was played in an excellent spirit and attitude by all players and coaching staff – they were a credit to their College.”
The Cheshire Cup final finished 4-3 to Warrington Collegiate after extra time.