Ribblesdale reach final!

Ribblesdale High School line up: Back row, Jack Graham, Ben Hartley, Simon Wharton, Owen Gould, Scott Wilson, Elliot Watson, Ewan Jones, James Billington and Max Cane; Front row, James Scorah, Will Wrathall, James Geldard, James Nightingale, Josh Tetley and Alex Chambers
Ribblesdale High School line up: Back row, Jack Graham, Ben Hartley, Simon Wharton, Owen Gould, Scott Wilson, Elliot Watson, Ewan Jones, James Billington and Max Cane; Front row, James Scorah, Will Wrathall, James Geldard, James Nightingale, Josh Tetley and Alex Chambers
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Ribblesdale High School have won through to the final of the English Schools’ FA Boys’ Under 15s PlayStation Open Schools’ Cup.

The Clitheroe school will face Coombe Boys’ School of Surrey after a 5-1 success at Cardinal Langley RC School, Manchester last Wednesday.

The venue and date are be announced.

The home team had the better of the early exchanges, but Ribblesdale settled into the game, and they opened the scoring when Ben Hartley had the presence of mind to find the feet of striker Josh Tetley, who produced some brilliant footwork to pick out his strike partner, Owen Gould, who passed the ball into an open net.

Soon after, a golden opportunity fell to Gould but he couldn’t direct his free header into the bottom corner.

However, he added the second from close range after as a shot from Tetley fell kindly.

Only a brilliant last-ditch tackle from the home captain prevented a first half hat-trick for Gould after more good play from Tetley.

As the second half began Ribblesdale started the better, and another fast flowing move opened up the home side, with Gould playing a lovely through ball into the path of Tetley, but for the Cardinal Langley’s captain to make a goal-saving tackle.

Cardinal Langley managed to weather the storm and began to have their best spell in the game. From a corner, the home left back had a brilliant chance to bring his side back into the game, but he volleyed over from close range.

And Ribblesdale made them pay as captain Scott Wilson nicked the ball and stormed into the area before playing a neat one two and calmly slotting the ball into the bottom corner.

This goal knocked the stuffing out of the opposition, who conceded two late goals; one from influential central midfielder Max Cane and the other from Simon Wharton which well and truly sealed the victory.

The home side did grab a very late consolation goal, with a neat passing move finding their tall striker, who controlled on his chest and volleyed into the bottom corner past the sprawling Wrathall.