Rainhill High School continues to fly the flag for St Helens on the national stage following yesterday’s Boys Under 16s exciting 5-4 home defeat of Liverpool’s Cardinal Heenan school in the Premier League Schools’ Cup.
More than 500 schools entered the English Schools Football Association’s prestigious knock-out competition. Rainhill booked their place in the last eight thanks to goals from Sean McGurk (2), George Turner (2) and Beck Halliwell Booth.
In the quarter-finals Rainhill will entertain Lincolnshire’s Priory Ruskin Academy, having already defeated several opponents from across the North West.
Team coach Yacine Rachi said: "To get this far in such a prestigious tournament is a fantastic achievement - the best in the school’s history. But for me the hard work starts now.
“We all want to go further in the competition and know we face a really tough test against Priory Ruskin. Our performances have been getting better and better as the rounds have progressed, so hopefully the best is yet to come.
“Beating such a good side like Heenan is a massive confidence boost for the lads so hopefully they start to believe, like I do, we can continue to progress in the competition.”
Rainhill will host Priory Ruskin on Wednesday 13 February, kick off 3.30pm.