On 13th May 2015, the Shevington High School boys Year 7 football team won the Wigan and Leigh Schools Knockout Cup after a 1-0 victory over Fred Longworth High School. A late goal which was literally the last kick of the game from ‘Man of the Match’ Harry Scarborough was enough to bring the trophy back to Shevington.
Shevington started the game superbly and used the good playing surface of Robin Park’s pitch to their advantage as they are a good passing team. They worked hard from the start, communicated well with each other to dominate the game from early on. The game’s first chance fell to Shevington’s Luke Power who went 1 on 1 with the keeper but could only chip the ball over the keeper and the crossbar. As the half went on, Fred Longworth worked themselves back in the game with hard work by pressing the Shevington players which forced them into making mistakes and errors. The first half whistle went to end a tight first half with the scores level at 0-0.
As the second half went underway and after a couple of subs from either side the game still kept the high tempo of end to end stuff. The game went on with limited chances for either side as it was a midfield dominating display from both sides which kept the game at 0-0.
In the 50th and last minute of the game a long ball from Ben Lyons the Shevington defender bounced over the Fred Longworth defenders, to release Harry Scarborough through on goal with only the keeper to beat, only for his shot to be saved by the keeper. The ball then came back to Harry, who then had the composure to collect the ball and take it round the keeper at the second time of asking and slot the ball home to a cheering crowd. The final whistle blew as the team was celebrating to give Shevington High School the victory and the trophy.
After the final whistle went team captain Tom Scarborough collected the trophy after the team had collected their medals. The team then posed for team and individual pictures with family and friends. The team now have a league deciding game against the Deanery on Tuesday 19th May in which a win would secure top spot in the league.