Kepier's Year 9 Elite Football Academy were victorious this week in the initial round of the U14's ESFA Boys Playstation Elite Schools Cup.
At a sun drenched if cold Kepier; a far cry from the dreadful weather experienced by the U15's the previous week; Kepier took on Acklam Grange School from Middlesbrough.
In a highly competitive match, Kepier started quickly, and raced into a 3 - 0 lead after 15 minutes thank to two goals from Parkinson and one from Lanning. However, Acklam Grange came back strongly, with Noyce and Khadri replying to make it 3 - 2 and causing nerves amongst the Kepier players.
Kepier settled again and started to move the ball around, and before half time Parkinson and Stanton added further goals to give a 5 - 2 scoreline at the interval.
If Kepier thought Acklam Grange would fade in the second half they were wrong; despite the scoreline, they continued to press in all areas of the pitch, and when they came under pressure defended heroically with their keeper pulling off some great saves.
As the half wore on, however, space began to open up in midfield and Kepier took advantage to break down the Acklam Grange defence, with Parkinson (2) and Lanning (1) adding to their tally to give a final scoreline of 8 - 2, which doesn't reflect the closeness of the match.
Kepier will play Notre Dame High School from Sheffield in the next round.
Well done to the players from both teams for a highly entertaining game!