Match Report
Reading Blue Coat School Boys-U12A vs  Berkshire Cup Final
On: Wednesday, 15 May 2019
Venue: Away

Result: Won 3-2 AET

Scorers: Dominic Carpenter, Tom Ellington, Esat Polat

Notable performances: the whole team

The long awaited Berkshire Schools U12 cup final finally took place at Bracknell Town on Wednesday evening and it was definitely worth the wait, as St Bart's and Blue Coat produced an excellent and very exciting game of football.

This was easily the best side the year 7's had come up against all season and the St Bart's side were well organised and contained some very good players. However, Blue Coat struck first with a well taken goal by Dom Carpenter, 1-0, and this is the way it stayed until half time with some excellent saves from goalkeeper, Eddie Nieland.

The first ten minutes of the second half saw intense St Bart's pressure which finally told with an equaliser. They looked strong and the Blue Coat boys had to work hard to ease themselves back into the game. Midway through the half, a free kick twenty yards from goal was smashed superbly into the net by Tom Ellington, 2-1. The game then looked won and despite much defending the team held strong until two minutes to go, a St Bart's equaliser, 2-2 and extra time, seven minutes each way.

Extra time was an even affair with both sides having chances but no goals. Penalties were looming until in the very last minute, Esat Polat got his head to a long throw from Keir Jamieson and a 3-2 lead. This time there was no coming back and the trophy was heading to Sonning. A fantastic result for the team in a great game of football though one had to feel for St Bart's as they were excellent throughout.

The trophy was then lifted by Keir the captain who had a superb game in the centre of defence, along side Jaime Llamazares, Sam Lindsey-Halls, Quinn Ryan and Esat. In the midfield Alfie Aagar and James Isbell did not stop running and were inspirational at all times. Tom Ellington was always a danger and Dom and Joe Zambon threatened up front. Henry Mellor slotted in very well when coming on. In goal, Eddie had his best game by a long way and made some superb saves in a man-of-the match performance.

So the end of a long season but a very successful one and nice to have some silverware to show for it. Thank you to the parents whose support has been invaluable and means so much to the players. We look forward to next season and hope, as the Chairman of the Berkshire F A said at the presentation, Reading Blue Coat and St Bart's are not drawn together in the first round next year!