Etone Football Education academy take the WBA Post 16 Tournament title!
A successful day for the Etone Football Education Academy saw them take the WBA Post 16 title during their first attempt at the Hawthorns. The tournament is where West Bromwich Albion hubs from around the area are represented by their teams and put to the test. The tournament is very competitive with all of the academies fielding their strongest teams. The competition was divided into two groups of 4 which was played at the WBA Academy, the group saw Etone win all 3 games going through as group winners and a spot in the semi-finals in the afternoon at the stadium. It was an honour to make it to the stadium as our team got the chance to feel what it would be like playing in a top of range football stadium.
The semi-final was a tight affair and a single goal was enough to seal a spot in the final against the current holders Sandwell Academy. The final was a real showcase of talent and after going a goal down the lads showed real character to equalise late on and also had a chance to win the game in the last seconds but a good save from the Sandwell keeper denied the outright win. The game went to penalties and Etone held their nerve taking the nail-biting shoot-out 5-4.
The lads in their first tournament invite thoroughly enjoyed the experience of playing on the first team pitch and in a professional all seater stadium and to win the competition is a massive achievement to how hard all the lads and coaches work on a daily basis. A real credit to the Etone Football education academy. We can’t wait to retain the title next year.