The year 9 football team claimed the prestigious Liverpool and Merseyside Cup double, winning both the Liverpool Echo Shield and Liverpool Echo Cup. SFX have won this particular competition three out of the last four years. This competition is the benchmark for Merseyside Schools football and we have significantly the most wins in its 65 year history.
The Liverpool Cup final saw us play against our old rivals, Cardinal Heenan. Having took bragging rights earlier on in the season with a 2-0 win in the national cup, Heenan with a full strength squad were out for revenge. Unfortunately for them, from the outset, SFX dominated the contest. This was the performance of our season. The entire squad contributed to a dominant display to run out 5-2 winners. A magnificent hat trick from Tom Costello and superb goals from Joseph Wright and Matthew Grivosti, meant are supremacy in the contest was rarely challenged. Within twenty minutes, SFX were 3-0 up. Strong hold up play from Costello and a sharp turn and strike led to the opening goal. This was quickly followed by a darting dribble and deft finish from the left from Matthew Grivisti for 2-0 and then another Costello meant we went into half time 3-0 up. Caution about complacency from myself and Mr Kelly at half time and the need to continue to attack was the message at the break. A rare venture into our half from Heenan and a stroke of good fortune brought the opposition back into the game. However, seconds after Heenan had got their goal, Costello took the final away from them with an outstanding free kick from outside the box. He expertly bent and dipped the ball with pace into the top left corner of the net to send both staff and pupils into delirium. Apparently observers witnessed me running onto the pitch in some sort of David Pleat or Jurgen Klopp manner; a claim I obviously strongly deny! Heenan did manage to get another back towards the end but strong play and pace from Joseph Wright in the dying seconds meant that we would rightly have the final say. A tremendous performance to lift the Liverpool Cup
In the Merseyside cup to be played at Prenton Park Tranmere, we would come up against a dogged and well drilled Formby High School. SFX had all of the possession and attacking play but on a large pitch it was difficult to break down the Formby defence. A combination of excellent defending, some outstanding saves from their keeper and wasteful chances on our part, meant that the game would have to be decided with a penalty shoot-out. Thankfully and rightly, the team kept their nerve to lift the Liverpool Echo Cup and become Merseyside Champions.