b'THE ELLESMERIAN The next round saw Ellesmere take on St Peters School, York on awere rightfully at this stage of the competition.Ellesmere very wet and cold afternoon. Despite missing three players at theplayed valiantly but found themselves 0-2 by the 29th minute last minute due to illness, the squad played with determination andof the first half. The team pulled together and fought back to grit. The defence was solid and the forward players were directscore two goals in quick succession, bringing the half time103and did not waste time taking the lead. Relentless attacks saw thescore to 2-2. In the second half Ellesmere took an early lead, team take victory with an impressive4-0 score line.3-2. However, Perse School came back to draw 3-3 at the final whistle. The draw for Round 4 was again unkind and we were once again packing up and heading along the M56, this time to RiponThe game was set to go to penalties. Sadly, on this occasion Grammar School. Nerves were slightly on edge but a gentleEllesmere were beaten by some fantastic saves from the Perse reminder was given of the ethos that was set out at the beginningSchool goalkeeper. This closed the score at 3-4 on strokes.All of of the season: to make it fun and enjoy the experience as much asthe players acquitted themselves magnificently with true grit and possible. After such a long bus ride the whole team needed somedetermination against an experienced and skilfulteam. The whole time to get themselves set for the mammoth task that lay ahead.team raised their game when they needed to, only to be dashed at The game was on a knife edge and could have gone either way.the last.Ellesmere showed pure dedication to the cause and managed to win the match with a 4-2 score line. This opened the pathway toThis was a truly remarkable season which has given those involved the semi-finals.great memories which will last for many years to come and serves as a reminder of what can be achieved when a team works This semi-final would be against the southern side of Perse School,together. Cambridge and had been drawn to be played at a neutral venue. The game was intense and saw both teams demonstrate why theyCSD'