Oxford District U11s 0 – 3 Wokingham District U11s
On Good Friday, Wokingham took on Oxford in their last Southern Counties League game of the season, knowing that a win or a draw would secure Wokingham their first ever Southern Counties League title. Wokingham started the game with great focus and determination and were rewarded early on with a delightful chip over the on rushing keeper by Emmaunel Osho. The lead was doubled before half time thanks to some great work from captain, Emil Mursalov, who produced a fine cross for Ejiro Abbey to tap home from close range. Wokingham continued to frustrate Oxford in the second half and went three up after Ejiro Abbey set up Amar Bakkati who calmly slotted the ball into the bottom corner. Wokingham showed grit and defended their lead to the final whistle which was greeted with joyful celebrations!
The win means that Wokingham have secured their second league title in two weeks – without losing a game in either the Southern Counties or Surrey league. This is the first time in the association’s history that they have won Southern Counties League – which is regarded as the strongest and most prestigious district league in the country (including associations such as St Albans, Gloucester, Swindon, Stevenage and Sutton). Wokingham now head off to Jersey on Saturday 7th April for the annual English Schools’ FA District Football Jersey Festival. After which the team will be competing in the South West Regional Finals of the Danone Nations Cup and then in the Premier League District Football National Finals in June at Liverpool FC’s Melwood Training Ground as one of the ten best district associations in the country.
‘It’s been an incredible season and a huge achievement from the boys setting such high standards in both leagues. To go unbeaten in both leagues and to win both leagues is very rare and will go down in Wokingham Schools’ FA history. We hope to maintain these standard going into the Jersey Tour and the Premier League National Finals in Liverpool where the team will have the opportunity to test themselves against the best teams and players from across the country.’
Double League Winners Photo –
Back Row (left to right): Emmanuel Osho, Archie Shefford, Pranav Ganti, Ejiro Abbey, Amar Bakkati, Joshua Murray Front Row (left to right): Harry Pashley, Sonny Jones, George Weston-Brown, Emil Mursalov, Sam Robinson, Connor O’Donoghue