They strengthened their lead just before half-time when Walton grabbed his second of the night.
The second team grew into the game after the break and pulled a goal back through a bullet header from Jack Micklethwaite. However, any hopes of a second team comeback were dashed when a cultured strike from Tom Ward found the back of the net.
A late surge from the second team saw Braiden Barrie breakthrough on goal but his looping effort was denied by the crossbar.
At the final whistle it was the first team who secured their place in the final.
First Team Coach Luke Forgione said: “For the College it was fantastic to highlight the footballing talent we have under the floodlights at Worsbrough Bridge Athletic.
Second Team Coach Kalam Neale added: “It was a great display from both teams and a fantastic advert for local South Yorkshire football.
“We were delighted to have two teams in the last four places of the competition, and we are proud that our town will be represented in the final.”
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Barnsley Sports Academy striker Betty Cheetham was part of the English Colleges FA Women’s National team that was crowned champion of the 2019 II Cacio E’Rosa in Rome.
Betty and her teammates clinched a 1-0 victory over Welsh Colleges FA in a tense final.
This was the first time the women’s team had competed in the tournament and the girls certainly made their mark in the Italian capital.
Betty said: “It was great to win it, I have never done anything like it before so it was a great experience to be involved in.
“A squad of twenty girls went and everybody got some game time.”
The success of the women’s team coincides with Women’s Football Week, an initiative promoted by English Colleges to raise awareness of women’s football.
Through football Betty has had some great experiences and believes it is important to get more women active in the sport.
She added: “It’s good fun, even at grassroots level it’s great to be part of a team and get to know different people.
“I’ve seen different parts of the world through football and when I play I feel a lot better, fitter and healthier.”
Betty is part of our female Football Academy which narrowly lost 5-4 to Tyne Met College to finish runners-up in the English Colleges FA Premier Division- the top division of Further Education football.
Regan Rooke, female Football Apprentice, said: “We are proud of their achievements and it highlights our continued commitment to supporting the development of female footballers.
“It just shows how much the female Football Academy has progressed in recent years.”
Betty added: “The training at the Sports Academy is to a high quality. It has definitely improved me as a player.
“Also the environment around the team is good and everybody gets on with each other and enjoys themselves.”
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In football, The male first team beat Newcastle-under-Lyme College on penalties to reach the quarter finals of the ECFA National Cup. Billy Goose struck twice as the team came from two goals behind to take the game to extra time. Two great saves from Connor Hutchinson in the shoot-out sparked great scenes at the end of the game.
Manager Luke Forgione, said: “I’m happy to progress into the last eight. Collectively we were very good in and out of possession. We showed resilience and character to bounce back, I’m pleased with the attitude shown.”
Our male second team also celebrated victory with a dominant 2-0 win away at Notre Dame College. Goals from Blade Mcnicholas and Dylan Briggs secured the three points.
Manager Kalam Neale, said: “It was a very professional team performance, we controlled the game in possession, even though the opposition tried everything to disrupt our play.
“We pressed quickly out of possession and defended excellently when under pressure in the final stages of the game. A fantastic squad effort from all 16 players.”
The male second team then travelled to Doncaster in the AOC Sport Futsal League. The team won all three games, coming from behind twice to beat Wakefield Colllege 12-5 and South Axholme Football Academy 8-3. The side made it a clean sweep by beating Sheffield College 5-3 in the final game.
The male third team recorded back-to-back wins against Greenhead College, beating them 4-3 and 5-4 in successive weeks.
Manager Ritchie Bywater, said: “The team showed a great attitude, we were a lot more comfortable than the scorelines suggest and it was good to come away with the wins.”
Congratulations to all our male footballers!
Our Netball Academy put on a strong performance this week. They beat Askham Bryan College 33-26 at home. A great victory for the girls, well done to everyone involved. Meanwhile, our Basketball Academy lost to Leeds City College and our Female Football Academy were knocked out of the ECFA National Cup. Better luck next time to both teams.
In other Sports Academy news, two of our students were selected for English Colleges FA in their Academy Cup encounter with Ipswich Town Women. Ellie Hawcroft captained the side in the first leg and Betty Cheetham scored in the second. Both students will travel to Italy with the English Colleges FA for the Caput Mundi tournament next week. We are incredibly proud of both Ellie and Betty for their continued success.
Finally, a huge well done to our Inclusive Academy who took part in an AOC Sport Pan-Disability Football Tournament in Leeds which included our Disability Ambassador Leon Hilmi. Leon’s role is in association with Sheffield & Hallamshire County Football Association. Together we aim to promote and improve disability football. A combined team which involved Barnsley College students were triumphant in the final. A great experience for the students.
Interested in joining our Sports Academy? We provide students with a great platform to achieve both sporting and academic success. For more information contact Luke Forgione on email@example.com or 01226 216 387.