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South of England Regional Qualifiers

South of England Regional Qualifiers

Bath, October 6th 2018

Our primary squad competed in the regional qualifiers this past weekend for the chance to compete at Liverpool’s Academy in June for the national event!

As usual, the competition consisted of a group format followed by semi-finals and final with 12 minute straight games.

After the early morning start, we returned to Bath following our friendly the previous Saturday,however this time the weather wasn’t quite the same..! Awful conditions were in for the day with the wind and rain making things difficult for everybody.

Our first game was against West Cornwall which resulted in a stalemate 0-0. Plymouth had the better of the chances after a sharp start, and with Jack making a good save towards the end, we took a point in our opener.

Next up was Gloucester and it was an intense 12 minutes. We went a goal down following a long ball over the top, but Charlie pulled one back in quick response. He finished at the second attempt, after a good save from their ‘keeper at his feet. With about 5 minutes remaining we again fell behind. Gloucester pumped a free kick towards our box from inside their half and we didn’t manage to deal with the long ball for a second time, meaning we found ourselves 2-1 down with time running out. Plymouth pushed and pushed and were given one final chance.. We were awarded a penalty and Tegan made no mistake putting the ball away into the side netting. The game finished at 2-2 and we continued undefeated.

Swansea were going well and we knew this was a huge game if we were to progress in the tournament. Chances came and went for both sides without either team managing to hit the net. With 12 minutes up it looked as if we were heading for another goalless draw just before Kian had the final say. In typical Kian fashion, he burned down the right before beating his defender on the inside and driving the ball home with a fantastic finish! We took all three points with a massive 1-0 win.

Our final group game was against Bath with a semi-final spot up for grabs. After countless amounts of chances and some brilliant saves from their ‘keeper the game played out as another 0-0 which was enough to take us through!

Our semi-final game meant another 12 minute battle with Swansea. This time the game wasn’t so open and we sadly didn’t manage to get a goal. Instead it went to penalties with neither team able to break the deadlock.

Tegan started things off by slotting away his spot kick and Kian followed to do the same. Jack then made a great stop keeping things at 2-1. Rafferty went next for us taking his chance before Jack again made a quality save to give Harry the chance to take us through. As cool as you like, he also buried his penalty to set us up against Gloucester in the final!

Plymouth had got better and better as the day went on and were ready to take their opportunity of a trip to Liverpool! We got on the front foot early playing some fantastic fast flowing football. The chance to become a hero fell the way of our centre forward as Charlie was put through on goal. Reading the bounce of the ball perfectly he waited for it to come down before dinking the ball over the stranded Gloucester goalkeeper. The boys in green managed the rest of the game very well and continued to keep possession in good spells as we waited for the final whistle!

For the fourth consecutive year, PSFA would represent the South in the national finals event at the end of the season!

On what was an awful day for football in the wet and cold our boys never gave up and always played to the very last! An amazing achievement boys, we as staff are very proud of your efforts and are looking forward to Liverpool!

#PSFA #Champions #4InARow 💚

Gloucester V PSFA

Gloucester V Plymouth Schools FA

Cotswold League

Saturday, November 11th 2017, 12.30

Our U11’s were back in Cotswold League action this weekend as our first away fixture of the season was upon us.

Up and on the road we went away knowing we would come up against a tough test as we always do when travelling to the Cotswolds!

We started strong and were seeing plenty of possession. We were almost in front within 8 minutes after Joel beat his man on the left before Jensen & Cole linked up superbly with some quick interchanging before Jens’ eventually slipped Tegan only for his shot to be pushed past the post by the Gloucester No.1.

The boys in green continued to dominate and played the game in the opposing half of the pitch. We were almost in for a second time within ten minutes as Lewis played the ball up into Riley who flicked a back heel clip into Sam L’s path only for him to match Riley’s skill put the ball back into his path with another back heeled flick.. Beautiful to watch it has to be said..

Eventually we got what was deserved and were ahead. Some more great work down the right from Lewis and Sam L meant we won a throw-in deep into the final third. Lewis threw it into Riley who held it up brilliantly before setting in back for Lewis to ping a diagonal ball all the way across into Tegan’s path on the far side who took his second chance with composure slotting home under the keeper’s legs.

There were some warning signs creeping in that Gloucester were dangerous on the break. Freddie had a real battle on his hands with a quality centre forward up against him and on a couple of occasions needed some great goalkeeping from Daniel to help clear our lines.

It was Plymouth however who got the second goal of the game… Something for PSFA record books this one… We won a corner over on the right which was crossed into the box with real pace and purpose by Cole. Freddie flew threw the crowd and nailed his header right into the back of the net!!! Our first headed goal from a corner for nearly 4 seasons! Get in there Freddie, Damian now owes the entire squad a mcdonald’s as he promised at training during corner practice!!!!

Half time came with a deserved 2-0 lead but with plenty of work left to do..

Gloucester came out of the blocks quickly and made it clear they were not willing to roll over and let the game get away from them. Not long after the game had restarted they managed to pull a goal back. A ball over the top was not dealt with and it eventually resulted in the tricky Gloucester forward getting the better of Sam in a 1v1.

We carried on trying to play our way and had a chance to restore our 2 goal lead when Sam T played out from the back nicely into Gene who got down the right and pulled it back only for Jaydon’s resulting shot to be smartly blocked.

The game then became a bit of a battle. PSFA’s quick, free-flowing football was being shut down by the opposition press and we struggled to find the same rhythm we had for the first 30.

We were made to pay for not making the most of our dominance when Gloucester managed to pull things level. Trying to play out down the left meant we got caught in possession and from the cutest angles the Gloucester forward somehow managed to find a way past Sam despite his best efforts in getting a hand to it.

The final 10 minutes consisted of Plymouth attacking and Gloucester staying firm. At times they defended heroically blocking shots and throwing their bodies in the way to hang on for the draw. With two minutes to go Ismail went on one of his trademark runs down the left beating four players on his way but couldn’t get the ball out from under his feet to find the shot which would have surely have been the winner.

It was truly a game of two haves with Gloucester doing very well to work their way back into the game following such a great first half performance from the travelling greens.

All in all a great game of football with some real talent on display. The quality of football played at times was beyond exciting to watch leaving us as staff very proud of our boys.

Disappointing not to get all 3 points but take nothing away from what was a brilliant display! We go again next time out!

Final score:
Gloucester 2-2 PSFA

Final comment:
We take the positives and we move forward to our next game! Well done boys!

ESFA Premier League South West England National Finals Qualifying Tournament

ESFA Premier League
District Cup
South West England regional qualifiers

Saturday, October 7th 2017, Bath.

Yesterday our U11 squad travelled up to Bath to compete in the regional qualifying tournament for the South West of England. The winners of this event go on as champions to represent the South West at the national finals at the end of the season!

After being present at the nationals for the past two years, Plymouth were looking to do 3 years on the bounce as being ‘the best of the south west’.

The tournament consisted of two groups of which the two top teams of each progressed the the semi finals before the final two teams faced off for the place at the nationals.

Group A:
Poole & East Dorset

Group B:
Gloucester ‘B’
West Cornwall
West Wiltshire

Our opening game was against our Cotswold League rivals Gloucester and we didn’t make a great start to the day! In the pouring down rain we struggled to get our game going in what was an exciting opening match. Although we had plenty of possession and a few good chances we came away losing our first match 1-0 and had a lot of work to do in our final 2 group games!

Game two saw us come up against a decent Poole & East Dorset side. The opening exchanges were nervy and we almost went 1 behind after a short back pass saw some heroic goalkeeping from Sam who took a big hit from their centre forward to ensure we kept things level. From this we got our rewards! Joel’s out-swinging corner from the left was eventually bundled in off an opposition player and it was the bit of luck we needed to get our day off and running! After this there was only 1 team winning the game and our boys in green ensured the points were ours after our little man with magic feet in his brand new boots put us two up with a nice finish! (No need to keep going on about your sock boots now Sam!!!)

So into the final group game knowing a win would take us through to the semi-finals. Bath as always tried playing their way out from the back with short interchanging passing however our boys were not willing to let this happen. Pressing high up the pitch we kept winning possession back and making chances. We got in front after a great move from Jaydon. Picking the ball up on the right on the counter, he found magic man Sam in between two defenders with a great pass before Sam turned and rolled it back into Jaydon’s path. He made no mistake with his chance and lashed it into the bottom corner from outside the box! This got us really fired up and from here we got better and better. Bath couldn’t live with our pace in attack and goal two shortly followed. Riley put us two to the good with a smart left-footed finish under pressure in the box before the class of ‘18 captain Jensen finished things off for a comfortable 3-0 win!

The boys were soaking wet from our group games and so while waiting for the tournament to progress we went back to the changing rooms to start preparing for the semi’s! After discussions with the boys they identified what was needed in order to win the final two games to take us all the way to the nationals and we were ready!

We came up against a Swansea side who had won all 5 of their group games and were an excellent footballing side. Moving the ball around quickly they looked very good in playing out from the back but in similar fashion to the Bath game, they couldn’t live with our frightening pace on the counter.

Within 4 minutes we were ahead. Cole picked his opposite numbers pocket in midfield before sending Riley on his way. After beating his defender, he rolled the ball into the path of Ismail who just slotted it into the far right corner of the goal as if the game meant nothing!

Our high press continued and our second goal came not long after. Some hard battling down the right from Gene meant the ball eventually worked its way back across to the left for Joel to bang one into the roof of the net from outside the box!

Plymouth were not finished. More ruthless attacking meant there was no way back for the Swans. 3-0 was to be the score again as Jensen tried his luck from a long way out only for the opposition keeper to see it despairingly bounce in through his legs. INTO THE FINAL WE GO!

Portsmouth had beaten Gloucester 1-0 in the other semi-final and so the ‘battle of the ports’ was to be the South West of England final.

We started very brightly and could have been 2 up after as many minutes. Tegan saw an effort narrowly go past the post from close range just after Jens’ had a similar chance from the right! Portsmouth were still struggling to get up the pitch and midway though the game it was time for an unusual goal scoring hero to take his place in the spotlight. Cole took a shot from outside the box which was blocked only for the ball to bounce up nicely about 25 yards out… Who steps up to rifle it home with a thunderbolt? Our ever consistent right-back Lewis who couldn’t have hit his strike any cleaner! An unbelievable goal which was rightfully met by sheer delight (and some surprise!!) by the entire PSFA family.

Portsmouth then managed to get back into the game and proved difficult to break down. A superb performance from their centre-half stopped us from getting a second.

Daniel made some great decisions coming off his line early to clear our lines when needed on the odd occasion that Freddie or Sam T were beaten.

It didn’t matter though as Plymouth maintained composure and completed the game as 1-0 winners and once again champions of the South West of England!

The bundles and celebrations soon followed as well as the singing of course!

Plymouth only conceded 1 goal throughout the entire tournament which came in our initial game… (We can write that one off now boys!)

Although this has become the norm in recent PSFA history, take nothing away from what a huge achievement this is for our primary squad! They battled really hard in some tough conditions and shows great spirit after losing our opening game!

We can now look forward to the national finals at the end of the season where we will come up against the best young players this country has to offer!

We as staff couldn’t be more grateful for your efforts boys nor could we be any more proud. Quite simply brilliant from every single one of you and fully deserved in the end! A day we hope will live long in the memory!

Congratulations champions!!!!

#PSFA #ChampionsAgain #GreenMachine

Heartswell donation

Following our golf day last Friday, we received this thank you for all of you who donated to Heartswell charity on the ‘beat the pro’ hole…

Thank you to everyone who donated to what is a brilliant charity!

Dear Damian,
On behalf of everyone at the charity I would like to thank you for the fantastic donation of £170 which we received from you.
I understand this was raised at a golfing event at Elfordleigh last week.

As you may already be aware donations of this kind help us in purchasing vital cardiac equipment for hospitals in the South West, funding a specialist counselling service, providing defibrillators at various venues, funding specialist cardiac nurses and securing the future of the Lodge for all.

Please thank all those who contributed, I hope it was a good day.

Rachel Rainbird
Charity Liaison Officer

PSFA v Newbury

Plymouth Schools FA V Newbury

Cotswold League

Saturday, September 2017, 13.30, Wrigleys.

The new season started today for our new U11 squad in the Cotswold League. After all of the trials, training and friendlies, today was the first opportunity for our new set of primary players to show us why they deserve to wear the shirt of Plymouth.

It didn’t take long for them to show us what they’re all about. After 6 minutes PSFA were a goal to the good after Sam L used some of his magic on the right to set up Ismail inside the box. He wasted no time in adding to his existing total of PSFA goals from last season!

From here, Plymouth dominated the opening 15minutes and controlled possession. Eventually Riley managed to break through the high line and unselfishly took his chance to set up Sam L for him to this time tuck it home for 2’s.

Newbury then started to get back into the game and had a few worrying chances. One of which drew a great save from Daniel 1v1 only to then see the offside flag afterwards.

Goal number 3 was coming however! Just as he did 12 months ago against Newbury in our first game, Ish broke from inside our own half following a Newbury corner and after a clever dummy from Riley allowed him the space, nobody on the pitch was able to get anywhere close to him as he stormed from box to box before rounding the keeper for his second of the match.

Newbury then did managed to pull a goal back, some good work on their part down the right meant they worked a cross into the box that proved too difficult to deal with for 3-1. About the only time in the first half they managed to find a way over, under or around Freddie!

That goal seemed to relight a bit of fire within PSFA as we managed to grab another 2 goals before the HT whistle.

Sam L was again the provider as he danced passed the defenders before setting up Tegan for him to get in on the act.

Goal number 5 was scored by the skipper Jensen who took his goal with pure class. A super intelligent through-ball from Cole who had a masterclass in midfield, found Jens’ who curled the ball right into the top corner leaving the Newbury goalkeeper with no chance.

Riley, Sam L & Jenson had all also hit the post during the first half in what was simply a dominant PSFA performance.

Newbury started the second half the brighter of the two teams and looked ready to come out fighting. Plymouth struggled to get out and Newbury were soon rewarded to make it 5-2.

Plymouth then won a free kick about 23 yards out down the right after some great work by Gene & Lewis. The responsibility was left to Joel who was immense all afternoon long and he made no mistake in smashing it into the roof of the net.

This woke us back up and playing again and as Tegan broke free down the left he eventually teed up Ismail who tip-toed past the remaining defenders before finishing off the move with a cool finish.

Ismail still wasn’t finished, his fourth and PSFA’s 8th, was in typical Ish fashion. All his own work following some good work in the middle from Sam T and Jaydon. Just ghosted past anyone in his way before walking off to his teammates delight.

Things didn’t go our way for the rest of the game. Newbury started to play the game in our half and soon made the score 8-3 and then 8-4 in quick succession and seemed to be fired up. Sam was busy in goal and made a couple of brilliant saves to ensure we didn’t let out deserved lead slip.

Just before the end however there was time for goal number 9 as a lovely flowing move down the right eventually finished with Jenson laying the ball across the 6 yard box for Cole to slot into the bottom corner and out of the keepers reach.

An unbelievable opening performance from our new U11 squad who in spells, were unplayable.

Some work to do however, at times Newbury had their spells and were on top causing a few problems but all in all a comfortable 3 points!

Huge well done boys, it was a pleasure to watch! What a start to the season!

Final Score:
PSFA 9-4 Newbury

Final Comment:
We stay grounded, we continue to work hard and look forward to the next game!

Plymouth v Bath U’11 match report

Plymouth Schools FA v Bath Schools FA
December 5th 2015

PSFA U11’s can’t do wrong at the moment. In typical British weather our boys put on superb performances, playing in two different styles in the two halves of the game. Captain Tylor ensured Plymouth would play with the extremely strong wind in the first period meaning we were able to press high up the pitch and stop Bath being able to get out of their own half. The long direct passes into Jack up-top and in behind caused problems from the off and we were quickly rewarded. A great ball into our number 9’s feet enabled him to break away with pure pace. A great roll of his defender and there was no catching him as he cooly slotted away within the first 5minutes. There was no need to fix what wasn’t broken and so Plymouth continued to pin Bath back into their own half. From Fin’s long direct throw into the box, Jack found himself getting a second to put us into an early 2-0 lead. Bath then got back into the game creating a couple chances forcing some good saves from Lloyd and some quality challenges and headers from Mr Consistent Tyler. Before the break it looked like Jack was in for his hat-trick however he was denied by a good save from the opposition ‘keeper only to see Isaac ready and waiting to knock in the rebound for a half-time lead of 3-0. The second half was a lot more even with our boys finding out just how difficult it was to get up with pitch against the wind however, by keeping the ball on the floor and playing some absolutely stunning football, Bath were unable to get a goal back. Harry finished things off with a trademark long-range free kick to secure 9pts from our opening 3 games and the top of the Cotswold League table. Credit to Bath who looked to be a fantastic footballing team but our boys were simply unstoppable and in the end it turned out to be a comfortable result.

Every single one of our young men worked their socks off to provide us with a great display of how to use strategy in order to win 2 halves of football.

Massive well done to every single one of you and a special thank you to Thomas & Joe who came to support the lads while they recover from their injuries.

Final Score:
Plymouth 4-0 Bath

Final Comment:
We keep marching.. on.. on.. on..!!!!

Gloucester weekend (Sunday fixture)

The rest of our U11’s trip to Gloucester..

As we’ve done for many years now, the Saturday fixture isn’t the end of the weekend for our U11’s squad. Traditionally the boys play bowling in the evening with the boys from Gloucester and then have a friendly fixture on the Sunday. This year was no different! After a great night of bowling and arcade games (and maybe a little bit too much alcohol from our parents!!!!) the boys were ready to play again! The good times from Saturday rolled on through as our boys put on yet another star-studded performance! It was goals goals goals in this game as we showed why we’re chasing the league title this season. In a game against tough opposition, Plymouth needed to ensure that they had enough fuel left in the tank and apparently they never run out of the stuff! More goals from Isaac (2) and Joe showed that they weren’t finished from Saturday and this time Harry (2) and Finlay thought they would also get in on the act! There was a moment where Plymouth looked a little tired and conceded a goal however that in no way dampened the high level of quality again showed. To play as well as we did Saturday after a long car journey, have a late night which was packed with fun and excitement and to then do it again on Sunday is something you should be really proud of boys! Huge well done from all the staff to every single one of you!!

We hope everyone had a fantastic weekend, hopefully you’re now ready for what the rest of the season has in store!

Final score: PSFA 6-1 winners

Final comments:

2 games, 2 wins, 1 overnight stay, 1 great night of laughter! Gloucester is painted Green & White.. (again!)

Gloucester V Plymouth U11’s match report

Gloucester Schools FA v Plymouth Schools FA

Under 11’s

Cotswold League fixture

Saturday, November 21st, 2015

In the build up to the boys first league game of the season Plymouth had been in great form. Goals have been coming by the plenty and after qualifying for the national finals in representative football a few weeks ago, we had every right to turn up and show our old rivals what we are all about this season. PSFA did not disappoint in the opening 5 minutes of the game. Complete domination of possession and beautiful free-flowing football meant that Gloucester really struggled to get any sort of foothold in the game. With that said, it was Gloucester who actually broke the deadlock. A very well taken goal by the opposing number 9 left Lloyd with no chance and meant that we had to come from behind and that we did. The difference in quality of passing was to come good when Jack pulled one back for Plymouth. With the score then tied at 1-1 there was only ever going to be one winner. Before half time Isaac got himself on the scoresheet meaning we went into the half time break with the lead. The second half gave our boys the opportunity to really enjoy themselves as they made chance after chance being unlucky to hit the woodwork on more than one occasion. Gloucester had their own chances however after instructions given by our staff to our very intelligent skipper were taken on board, Tylor ensured that their talented young striker didn’t get a second. Midway through the second half Joe made it 3 in his first game back from injury after 5 weeks out of the squad! Not a bad way to come back we must say. Overall Plymouth were the better side and dominant at times being able to see the game out comfortably. Every single one of our boys did their city proud by putting on such a display. Massive congratulations and thank you from all of the staff.

Special mentions to Harry & Jamie who were absolutely exceptional throughout the game. The opposing manager commented on the intelligence in midfield shown by Harry and expert defending at fullback from Jamie. Well done boys!

The boys showed great character to come back from a goal down but it has to be said, the quality that was produced from the Plymouth lads always deserved 3 points.

Well done boys, we have now raised the expectation bar even higher!

Final score:
Gloucester Schools FA 1-3 Plymouth Schools FA

U11’s Trials

Plymouth Schools FA are delighted to announce details for the 2015/16 Under 11 Representative Squad.

We are looking for players that will be in year 6 for the 2015/16 academic year and is open to both male and female players.

All primary schools are invited to nominate players for the trials which will be taking place in June 2015. Please nominate as many players as you wish, if you have any doubt regarding whether to nominate a player or not, NOMINATE THEM. We feel all players should be given the chance to attend these trials and look forward to meeting your students.

Only players nominated by their school will be eligible for the squad.

To nominate please complete this online form:

The deadline for nominations is: FRIDAY 22nd MAY

We will be unable to take any nominations after this date.

If you have any questions please contact me.

Chris French

Plymouth Schools FA Chairman

U11’s v Bristol (18th April)

Plymouth Schools FA v Bristol Schools


Marjon, Saturday 18th April 2015
The final game of the season for our U11’s this season. Taking on the all conquering Bristol team who boasted a full compliment of Academy players in the whole squad. Our boys got off to a terriffic start, keeping the faith in our philosophy of passing football that has brought them success in last weeks Jersey festival of football and throughout the season. If posession won football matches…

Max was on fire throughtout, hitting the bar with one long range piledriver. Unfortunately, two breakaway goals left the boys two down at half time. The second half was more of the same with Plymouth dominating the first 5 minutes of the half putting Bristol on the back foot. You got the feeling that the next goal would win the game, and unfortunately again against the run of play, Bristol broke away to seal the win. Congratulations must go to Bristol but the comments of their staff about Plymouth deserving something and giving them the best game of the season should be remembered by all.

As we asked, the boys fought to the end and Plymouth should be extremely proud of both the football and impeccable behaviour of this fine group of young men. You have been a credit to your families, schools and indeed yourselves throughout the year and we as coaches have been fortunate to work with and get to know you this year.

We thank every last one of you for what has been a fantastic season!


News reference our our end of season presentation evening will be soon.



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