The St Leonards Academy’ s Year 11 football team have ended their time at the Academy together in the best possible way by winning the County Shield final in a thrilling match last Wednesday.
Taking on a very good team from Patcham High School, the boys started on the front foot and dominated the first half taking a well-deserved 3-0 lead into the break with goals from Jack Davis, Harry Simmons and Will Brown. With the strong wind then coming at them, the game appeared to be turning as Patcham scored two quick goals.
The last 20 minutes was end to end and with five minutes to go, The St Leonards Academy supporters were in a jubilant mood as Jacob Hart hit a fourth goal for the team.
In an enthralling match, there was still time for goalkeeper Lewis Courtnage to pull off an amazing penalty save to put the icing on the cake on a wonderful day for the boys and The St Leonards Academy.
Man of the match was Sussex Schools representative Tom Chalmers who ran the game throughout.
Lee Boniface, Head of PE said: “The boys have represented the Academy in an exceptional way this year and I’m thrilled for them they get to finish their time at school with this win.”