Chester Cup - Year 9 Final Blacon High v Christleton - 18th March 2014
Blacon High School came out 4-2 winners of a fantastic U14 final against Christleton. The game proved to be an outstanding game between 2 very evenly matched teams. Between them the 2 schools boasted 12 of this year’s extremely successful U14 Chester Schoolboys squad, 6 from each school. The quality of the 2 teams on show is also evident by the fact that both teams have reached the finals of the National English Schools Football Association Cups that they have both entered (finals to be played in May).
The game was played in good spirits by both teams and Christleton took the lead through a Tom Townesend strike before Blacon equalised from a free kick from Kieran Ball that Calyn Barlow dispatched.
The second half saw Christleton take the lead again, this time through a Sam Ward strike before Calyn Barlow once more levelled the score. With only 3 minutes of normal time remaining and the game looking destined for extra time, Blacon captain Brandon Burrows swung in a fantastic free kick that beat everyone in the box and nestled into the net. Harley Bennion of Blacon High settled the tie in amazing style with a fantastic right footed volley from 25 yards that flew into the net.
Blacon manager Dave Sabri said, “The game was a fantastic showcase of Chester Schools football. I am extremely proud of not just the quality, but the character that my lads showed. They had to dig deep to turn around the score on 2 occasions and it seems fitting that the victory was sealed in the fashion that it was with such an amazing strike.”