Rui Marques to Head St Peter FC Academy Coaching


St Peter FC Academy is delighted to announce that Rui Marques has been appointed as Head Coach of the Junior section of St Peter FC. Marques takes up his responsibilities with immediate effect even though a date for the return of football to the Island has still to be agreed.

Rui has a wealth of coaching experience and has enjoyed a great deal of success, particularly in his time with St Peter. In 2018/19 he managed and coached the U18 squad who swept all before them winning every single game they played in the Channel Islands, League Champions two cups and the Channel Island Trophy when they comprehensively beat St Martin AC, the Guernsey League Champions for the Portsmouth Trophy. In a pre-season tour, they defeated 3 top junior teams of professional or semi-professional clubs, including Gillingham FC U18’s.
From 64 starting teams in the Kent FA U18 County Cup, they battled through 4 rounds before losing narrowly to Folkestone Invicta in the Semi-Final. Rui Marques went on to manage the St Peter FC first team during the 2019/20 season and did an outstanding job in the most difficult circumstances.

Youth players were given their opportunity and seized their chance to provide the Club with an exciting and promising future. For personal reasons, Rui decided to stand down from his first-team role and he now wishes to return to his passion for being involved in the development of young players. Marques has very clear ideas on the structure and coordinated planning that is required to bring out the best in young players and enhance their natural talents.
St Peter Academy Chairman, Brian Foulser said

“we are absolutely delighted to have such a talented coach to Head up our Academy, I know he is committed to taking a fresh look at the way we approach the development of young players, together with providing the necessary support that is required for the coaching team. He knows it is essential a coach enjoys the role and feels they are supported, to enable them to become even more effective. I am excited about the future and look forward to once again working with an outstanding coach.”

An enthusiastic Marques said,

“I am delighted to be taking up the position of Head Coach of the Academy and I am grateful for the opportunity the Club has offered me. Developing our young
players are something I am extremely passionate about and by having a significant impact as to how the Club approaches player development is an exciting new challenge and one I consider a privilege.

With the help of the outstanding coaches within the Academy, the aim is to build on what is already an excellent youth set up. The foundation of our aims will be to give our young players a holistic football ‘education’ while also teaching them the St Peter values, Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline and Sportsmanship, it’s a challenge I relish.”

The club has already announced their new 1st X1 management team, headed by Elliot Powell along with Dan Garton, Gary Powell and Paul Brannan. They bring a refreshing appetite to the task, with a mixture of youth, experience and proven coaching skills.
This has been a challenging and frustrating season for all clubs for several reasons, not least the abruptness at which the season concluded in an unfinished state. The appointment of Marques and the new 1st team management gives the St Peter Club tremendous optimism for the future. Commenting on his appointment, Elliott Powell said

“I’m delighted to accept the position as first-team Manager at St Peter. It’s a club with a rich history and I am honoured and proud that the committee has entrusted my coaching team and me with this responsibility. The infrastructure and ambition of the club was an opportunity that we simply could not turn down, we can’t wait to get started.”

For further information:

Brian Foulser – Tel: (01534) 851075 

Rui Marques – Tel: 07797 790388 

Elliott Powell – Tel: 07397 198505

Age is Just a Number

They say age is just a number but in football, it’s one that increasingly seems to count against you, whether you are too young or too old! One way or another it always seems to be an issue but the important question one should always ask, is ‘How good is he?’ This was brought to my attention recently when I read that Jamie Cureton, a player I admired at Norwich many years ago, and now 44, was one of the leading scorers in the Isthmian Premier Division at Bishops Stortford, although he has recently moved onto Hornchurch, and is now finding the net there.

When Cureton reached his 1000th game recently he said he genuinely thought that he could do a job in the League still. He may well have been right. But age went against him. Just because he doesn’t “trackback” as they say, or “work his socks off”, it doesn’t preclude him from playing at a higher level. As a genuine goalscorer that is not the point. Genuine goalscorers get themselves into the right goal scoring positions and then when the ball is at their feet or the cross in is at the right place, they just know how to stick the ball into the back of the net. Jamie Cureton has scored at every level from the Premier League down and puts his longevity down to good diet and refuelling the right way after matches. He reminds me of our own Gary Freeman, now doing a brilliant job as Manager of the Jersey Bulls, who just smelt goals. So who then, were England’s greatest goalscorers since the Second World War? Three naturally gifted players stand out for me, all making their League debuts at 17 and soon after becoming regular goalscorers at International level. I always think of Jimmy Greaves, Gary Lineker and Michael Owen as predators second to none, whose acceleration away from trundling defenders and subsequent eye for scoring as a supreme gift. When I first saw Jimmy Greaves destroy the reigning English Champions, Wolverhampton Wanderers leaving Billy Wright, Ron Flowers, Eddie Clamp & Co absolutely dead, as he scored five goals for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, it brought tears to my eyes. I knew I was watching a genius. His 44 goals for England in only 57 games, giving him a scoring average of 77%, may never be bettered, based on the number of games he played.

For most people today Gary Lineker is a highly paid television presenter for Match of the Day but many do not remember his exploits on the field. He first came to my attention on this very programme as a kid with Leicester City in the late seventies, when his goal-scoring talent was there for all to see. His 48 goals for England in 80 games represents a 60% return which meant that in virtually two out of three games you were already a goal up before you even started! Apart from his exploits for Everton, Tottenham and the mercurial Barcelona, who can forget his hat trick at the World Cup in Mexico in 1986 against Paraguay, which rescued England’s campaign, enabling him to go on and become top goalscorer at the tournament. As for Michael Owen, his marvellous individual goal against Argentina at France 98 will forever be etched in the memory. So will his surging run into the box, which I was lucky enough to see, in Sappora four years later, before he was brought down by Mauricio Pochettino, to give David Beckham the chance to convert the penalty, which gave England revenge over the Argies, with a 1-0 victory. Unfortunately, an injury sustained at the World Cup in Germany in 2006, virtually ended his career, both for Liverpool and England.

Finally, going back to the other end of the scale, I was at Stamford Bridge the day Stanley Matthews took a rumbustious, hard-tackling left-back by the name of Eddie Mcready, to the cleaners, showing him the ball, going this way and that, leaving him for dead, as he masterminded victory over Chelsea which gave Stoke City the second-tier Championship in 1963. Here was a proper winger. Not an overlapping full-back, not a midfielder going wide, but a winger. You wouldn’t have asked him to ‘Track Back’! On that day he was 48 years old. He played his final game in Division One two years later at 50!

By David Eves

To all players, parents, coaches and members of St Peter FC. Important Notice


The English and Jersey Football Associations, on the advice of the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, have today suspended all grassroots football in both the UK and Jersey, with immediate effect until further notice. This includes matches at both Senior and Academy level and also includes training and coaching sessions. Whilst no time limit has been placed on this restriction, it is unfortunately possible for it to continue for a prolonged period.
We will, of course, monitor the advice constantly and be guided by the FA/JFA whose actions will be based on Governmental guidance. The Government has also decreed that no mass gatherings should take place and social distancing should be practised at all times for the foreseeable future.
It is with regret therefore that the Awards Night will have to be delayed until the COVID19 virus is firmly under control.
We have a fine and talented group of players across all age groups in the Academy and a brilliant team of coaches. It is appreciated that you will all be frustrated by not being able to enjoy the game you love; however, it is important to keep yourself fit by remaining active. We will endeavour to publish some routines on this web site that you can practise by yourself. When this unprecedented situation passes, as it surely will, we can all return and enjoy the game we love. By keeping ourselves fit and working to develop our individual skills, we can ensure we get off to a flying start when we return and enable St Peters to continue to set high standards and remain the Club that others try to emulate.
Remember to watch for the updates and the training and development routines on the Academy web-site
I trust you and your families keep safe and well. We look forward to welcoming you back to St Peter FC /St Georges as soon as possible.

Best wishes
Brian Foulser
Chairman St Peter FC Academy

Quarter-Final of U18 Youth Cup 15 – Great performers with Kacper Smilek the penalty shoot-out hero


St Peter FC U18’s had another early start on Sunday 2nd February for the quarter-final game against Sevenoaks Town FC. All of their games have had to be played away, so leaving on the 7.30 am red-eye wasn’t a new experience. The week leading up to the game was a worrying time, with two or three injuries to key players and the news that the teams only registered goalkeeper Pierce Roche had sustained a broken bone in his hand and would be out of action for several weeks. Former U16 keeper Joe Harrington (who now turned to Rugby) was re-signed and agreed to be the custodian for one of the biggest games a St Peter Junior team has ever played. The team arrived at the Bourne Stadium full of confidence and ready to give everything to win a place in the semis.

The team started tentatively and were just getting into their stride when a Sevenoaks corner from the left wasn’t dealt with and was scrambled into the net in the 12th minute. 3 minutes later worse was to happen, a long diagonal ball to the far post, saw the Sevenoaks tall rangy winger head home to make it 2-0. It looked like being a long afternoon just 15 minutes into the game. Playing the favourites to win the competition, St Peter had given them a two-goal start. It was clear that the 3rd goal would be crucial. Instead of heads dropping, this proved to be the turning point, the belief and determination grew. Playing the ball around well, the reds were in a period of domination. A beautiful move involving 5 passes found Tommy Boarer on the ball and his beautifully weighted ball found Jan Bentley in the clear. Although he was being closed down rapidly, Jan hit a fine shot past the keeper from 20 yards, 2-1 after 20 minutes. All the pressure was now coming from St Peter, the brilliant midfield trio of Toby Ritzema, Tommy Boarer and Luke Lister were controlling the game. The Kent teams defence was beginning to look vulnerable under pressure. Toby Ritzema whose work rate was phenomenal struck a firm shot to the keepers bottom right corner which he just managed to turn around the post. From the resultant beautifully struck corner, Tommy Boarer leapt highest to nod home the equaliser after just 26 minutes. Just two minutes later from another Danny Fernandes corner, Boarer was there again to head goal-wards only for the keeper to push the ball onto the bar. Sevenoaks came back into the game and young Joe Harrington was put to the test making three outstanding saves.
Half time 2-2 and all to play for.

Once again, the Jersey team started the second half slowly and the Kent team dominated the early exchanges, strategically testing the reds defence with crosses into the area. From one of these a loose clearance found its way to the Sevenoaks striker unmarked on the edge of the box, who took a couple of strides before hitting a left-foot volley giving Harrington no chance. 3-2 Sevenoaks with 52 minutes on the clock. This was a trigger for St Peter to have another spell in the ascendancy, playing some delightful one-touch football. Half chances came and went. In the 60th minute, the odds appeared to be against a St Peter victory when keeper Joe Harrington went down with a badly pulled groin muscle. With no Goal-keeper on the bench, centre back Kacper Smilek took over the jersey with James Carr moving to centre back alongside Ben Hamilton and Andre Dias taking over the left-back slot.
Hamilton was performing heroics in preventing the Sevenoaks highly rated First team striker from having any impact on the game. Rhys Thomas was controlling the threat down the Sevenoaks left flank. Ritzema, Boarer and Lister were in control of the midfield, with Jan Bentley and Danny Fernandes providing width and causing Sevenoaks problems down the flanks. Several near chances presented themselves but it took until the 75th minute before the decisive pinpointed pass from Ben Hamilton found Ryan Marcinko who quickly turned his marker and was in on goal before a desperate last-ditch tackle brought him down. Penalty St Peter, Marcinko grabbed the ball and struck it firmly into the bottom left-hand corner of the net. 3-3. Straight from the re-start nerves were on edge when a silly foul was committed on the edge of the area 30 yards out. The Kent team were very well-coached with their set-pieces. Kacper Smilek, however, pulled off a great save to push the resultant kick over the bar.

Full time 3-3 30 minutes of extra time both teams were keeping it tight without too many clear cut chances for either side.
St Peter had a scare when Smilek dropped the ball which appeared to be heading over the line but he made a magnificent recovery to clear the ball away safely. In the closing minutes of extra time, Luke Lister dribbled past three players, struck the ball sweetly with his left foot only for it to go inches the wrong side of the post. One further chance for Sevenoaks when their striker found himself clear on goal only for James Carr to pull off a magnificent last-ditch tackle to clear. From the resultant corner, Smilek punched clear finding Boarer who played skipper Toby Ritzema through on goal only for the referee to blow the final whistle before he could shoot. 3-3 after extra time
120 minute of play and now the drama of the penalty shoot-out.
St Peter went first, through skipper Toby Ritzema neither keeper was getting a hand on the ball although Kacper Smilek got very close to two of them.
More successful strikes from Marcinko, Jan Bentley, and Luke Lister gave St Peter a 4-3 lead and up stepped the young fourth penalty taker for Sevenoaks and Kacper Smilek made himself the hero of this fantastic game with a fine save diving to his right. It was now down to Tommy Boarer, with all the pressure on him he cracked the ball into the bottom corner to put St Peter FC into the semi-final of this prestigious competition 5-3 0n penalties. From 64 starting teams, they are now into the last four
Although they did it the hard way from 2-0 down, there is no doubt that overall on the balance of play and the outstanding football played it was a deserved result against a team riding high at the top of their league and unbeaten to date in the best Junior league in Kent.
Every credit must go to the two coaches, Karl Benest and Anthony Lister for the work they have done with this squad and the way they managed the team when problems were confronting them during the game.
After the game, Benest said

“I was delighted with the overall performance and commitment of all 15 players. Their attitude and willingness to work for each other was outstanding.
The team spirit in this squad is as strong as any I have experienced over the past few years, we thoroughly deserved to win this match. When you go 2-0 down so early in a game it takes belief and courage to fight back to win the game” He went on to say “ I think we have a great squad who can go on and win this competition”

Lister said,

“I am so pleased and proud of this squad, from going down 2-0 to the cup favourites on their home ground, fighting back to 2-2 and then coming back again from 3-2 down and holding their nerve in the penalty shoot-out, shows the spirit there is in this

He continued

“ Joe Harrington stepped in to keep goal only 48 hours before kick-off and did a great job for the team. Our centre back Kacper then volunteered to take over when Joe was injured and also did a brilliant job, culminating in saving the key penalty.The team have worked hard during the last few weeks on tactics, such as high press and set pieces and this is beginning to pay off. The Island Coaches should be watching some of these young players not currently in the squad more closely. It’s a pleasure to coach and be part of this U18 set up with St Peter’s. we are certainly repaying the support and opportunities the club offer these young boys.”

“If they continue to work hard as teammates and friends, there is no knowing what this group can achieve, they play football in the right spirit and have fun on and off the pitch.”

Brian Foulser 3/3/20

For further information

Brian Foulser – Tel; 851075
Karl Benest – Tel;07700 369911
Anthony Lister – Tel; 07797 750419

St Peter FC confirm the return of the Everton FC Coaching team for the 17th consecutive annual Everton FC Summer Camp from Monday 27th July to Friday 31st 2020


Jersey’s top and most long-lived Everton Soccer School Logoprofessional soccer coaching week will be running again in the last week in July. The 17th consecutive year that this highly popular event has taken place. The successful format has evolved over the years and no doubt there will be one or two additions for 2020. Back in 2003 when the relationship began David Moyes was the Manager of Everton managing them for 10 years until taking over at Manchester United in 2013. This was a particularly successful period for the Club as they consistently finished between 4th and 7th in the league. In Carlo Ancelotti, they have just appointed a world-class Manager and are confident their best days lie ahead of them.
The Everton FC Soccer Camp Coordinator and Senior Coach,

Sean Robertson and his coaching team are excited by their return to St Peter FC,

“We run coaching weeks throughout the year and visit some exotic locations but the whole team agree our Jersey Summer Camp is consistently the one that is most enjoyed. The facilities are great, the commitment from the young boys and girls is exceptional and the talent that we find each year is exciting. I guess we are lucky but the sun invariably shines, which we count as a bonus. We expect to welcome back many faces that we know and to be introduced to several new youngsters who will be joining us for the first time.”

8 coaches from the Premiership giants Everton FC, under the guidance of Sean Robertson, will be running coaching sessions throughout the 5 days commencing on Monday 27th July. The week is open to all Island boys and girls between the age of 5 to 14. As always, the accent will be on developing skills with fun and enjoyment an essential ingredient. Depending on the number of girls registering, it is hoped to include two experienced female coaches to encourage and satisfy the growing number of young girls now taking up the game. The activities will take place from 09:15 am to 3:15pm daily and all those participating should be checked in by 9:00 am each day to enable a prompt start. Each child should come with a packed lunch and adequate water. However, the kiosk cafeteria will be open to enable any top-up requirements to be purchased.
The week concludes on Friday afternoon with a presentation of awards by the Everton FC Coaches, each participant will receive a medal, a certificate and Everton FC memorabilia. Some special awards of signed memorabilia will be made to the best achievers
The cost for the entire week is just £125 with a reduction of £15 for all St Peter FC Academy registered players.
To register go to the St Peter FC web site follow the link from sub heading, Everton Soccer Week 2020”, then select the link “Register & Pay Here” then select “Subscribe” to the correct option (£125 or £110 for Academy Member) complete the information form and pay as directed online. Any difficulties please contact Mike Horman or Brian Foulser (details in the footer). Places are restricted to just 160 applicants so to avoid disappointment please book early as previous experience suggests that this week is normally sold out well in advance of the start date.St Peter FC Academy Chairman, Brian Foulser said,

“The Everton Summer camp is always a fantastic week enjoyed by the children and the Coaches. As you would expect after 17 years Everton FC have developed a format that is something special, it ensures the participants gain the maximum opportunity to develop their skills in the most enjoyable way as is evidenced by so many of them signing up for the following year as soon as the current year comes to close”

He went on to say,

“Both St Peter and Everton FC believe we have developed something special over an extended period which makes this week a memorable one for so many aspiring young footballers”

For further information please contact:

  • Mike Horman – 07797 772454 –
  • Brian Foulser – 01534 851075 –
  • Everton FC – 07583 026088
  • Sean Robertson

Southampton FC’s Saint Foundation to run a 4 day coaching course


We regret to inform all participating parties that this coaching week has been cancelled. Please contact the Saints Foundation for a refund. Thank you for your understanding 

St Peter FC Academy is delighted to announce that Saints Foundation coaches will be returning to Jersey to run a 4-day football coaching course for Island boys and girls between the ages of 5 to 13. The course will run at St Peters FC’s beautiful St Georges Preparatory School facility at La Hague Manor, La Rue de la Hague, St Peter, JE3 7DB from Tuesday 14th April through to Friday 17th April 2020.

This course is available to all young players from across the Island on a first-come-first-served basis. Saints Soccer Schools offer exceptional value for money and is aimed at developing the skills of the participants through a structured and enjoyable coaching programme devised and delivered by experienced FA qualified coaches. This is a fantastic opportunity for young players to improve their soccer skills, make new friends and have lots of fun along the way. All those participating will receive a medal, a certificate and have the opportunity to win performance-related prizes including merchandise signed by Southampton premiership stars.

As with all Saints Coaching programmes those attending will automatically join their player progression pathway that is aimed at turning potential into excellence. The experienced coaching team ensure that instruction is geared to age and ability of the individual and fun and enjoyment is the essential ingredient.

Those wishing to take advantage of this superb opportunity to receive first-class coaching in a safe and enjoyable environment should register directly with the Saints Foundation website or if you click here. Click ‘book now’ enter 14th April, click all venues, locate St George’s Preparatory School. Complete the requested information and make payment. The cost for the entire 4 days is just £100.

Those attending should arrive ready for a prompt start at 9 am, with their kit, a packed lunch and adequate water. There will be the opportunity to purchase a top-up
Refreshments from the on-site kiosk which will be open during the morning and lunchtime breaks. Players should be collected by 3 pm.
Places cannot be reserved without payment.

Southampton FC’s Saints Foundation Football Development Officer, Tom Grevatt said,

“We are pleased to be returning to St Peter FC to offer this great opportunity to all aspiring young boy and girl footballers in Jersey. We pride our soccer schools as being the best in class and we look forward to engaging with another group of talented Jersey youngsters and taking them to the next level”

St Peter Academy Chairman, Brian Foulser said,

“We are delighted that Southampton FC will be returning to St Peter FC to run another of their widely acclaimed coaching courses. They consistently provide immeasurable benefit to aspiring young footballers and those attending can be sure of a thoroughly enjoyable four days”

To avoid disappointment, it is recommended to register as soon as possible as the number of available places is strictly limited to 96.

For further information:
Saints Foundation – Email: Tel: 0845 6889370
St Peter FC Academy Brian Foulser – Email: Tel: 01534 851075

St Peters U18’s to face Sevenoaks Town FC for a place in the Semi Final of the Kent FA Youth Cup


St Peter will travel to the Bourne Stadium, Greatness Park, Sevenoaks on the 2nd February for a 12-30pm KO against the tournament favourites Sevenoaks Town FC in a battle for a last-four place.

Sevenoaks U18’s whose first team play in the same Ryman league as Guernsey FC, are unbeaten in all competitions this season and have scored 15 goals in their 3 Kent Cup games to-date, conceding just one. They are currently 3rd in the Kent Youth League but have 3 and 4 games in hand over the two teams above them.
One of the oldest established clubs in the UK, they will be celebrating their 140th year next season, remarkably they run over 60 teams across all age groups which must be some sort of record in itself. They are understandably renowned as being a very well run club.

St Peter FC who last season reached the Semi-Final before losing a close fought game against the eventual winners Folkestone Invicta are aiming to reach the same stage again.

“ We are certainly doing it the hard way, we have faced 3 of the strongest teams in the competition already, last year’s semi-finalists VCD Athletic and K Sports who were the beaten finalists. We then came up against a really strong team in Orpington Mustangs in a hard-fought game”

said Karl Benest the St Peter FC U18 coach. Fellow coach Anthony Lister is excited by the challenge,

“The game against Sevenoaks will tell us a lot about ourselves and gives us the perfect opportunity to test the quality we have in our squad against one of the very best youth teams in the South of England. We have some tough games to play in Jersey over the next couple of weeks and we need to do the business here. Several of our players will also be representing the Island the week before we travel. We will have our fingers firmly crossed that we avoid any injury to our key players. We will certainly need our best players if we are ‘to jump this hurdle’ in Kent.

St Peter U18’s have been Jersey and Channel Islands Champions for the past 4 seasons and this year’s team are fully aware they have a lot to live up to and are determined to make their mark. Who knows if we can win on the 2nd Feb, we have every chance of being the first Jersey Club side to compete in a final of a County Cup competition”

The squad has already been provisionally selected and will be training hard and working on some new routines before travel. The team to travel includes three 15 year-olds in keeper Pierce Roche, Tom Proffitt and Jamie Ritzema. The full squad is Pierce Roche, Rhys Thomas,Kacper Smilek, Ben Hamilton, James Carr, Toby Ritzema (Capt), Tommy Boarer, Luke Lister, Jan Bentley, Andre Dias, Danny Fernandes, Josh Stuart, Declan Pyne, Jamie Ritzema, Ryan Marcinko. Coaches Karl Benest and Anthony Lister.

For further information:-
Brian Foulser – Email: Tel: 851075

Karl Benest – Email: Tel: 07700 369911

Anthony Lister – Email: Tel: 07797 750419
Please note any players and/or coaches can be made available for interview if required.

Lister’s Hat-trick takes St Peter’s FC to the Quarter Final of the Kent FA U18 Youth Cup in a 4-3 victory


The Saints were on the move early on Sunday morning as they took the ‘red eye’ flight to Gatwick for their 3rd round Kent FA Cup tie v Orpington Mustangs FC. The Kent side are unbeaten in their league this season and a tough game was anticipated. 7 members of the squad had been involved in Island and Senior football the day before but all came through unscathed.

Both teams started a little tentatively with the Saints trying to play their usual passing style. It was a heavy surface with a pronounced slope both across and the length of the pitch. The home side was clearly under instructions to ‘close them down quickly and go in hard’, with robust tackles coming fast and often.
Staying with their fast quick passing St Peter threatened on a number of occasions before breaking the deadlock in the 15th minute when lone striker Ryan Marcinko held the ball up brilliantly to lay it off perfectly for Luke Lister to crack the ball into the top left-hand side of the keeper’s goal. Just a couple of minutes later the Saints doubled their lead when their tactics of playing a high line to press the home defence paid off. The ball was won back from a defender’s error, a quick pass found Lister in space and a fierce strike from 20 yards found the keepers bottom corner. 2-0 St Peters with just 17 minutes gone. If St Peter thought this was going to be easy it became clear this wasn’t how Orpington saw it. They began to make an impact relying on the counter-attack using the pace of their two big strikers. The reds back 4 of Kacper Smilek, Declan Pyne, Rhys Thomas and Andre Dias had to be at their best to keep the opposition at bay. Around the 32nd minute, they lost two key players with Lister being carried off after being stamped on in an off the ball incident unseen by the referee and Smilek suffering a foot injury in a high impact tackle.

Just seconds before half-time the Mustangs were back in the game, somewhat fortuitively, when their lively left wide man clattered into Pierce Roche feet first, leaving him on the floor with a 6-inch stud mark down his chest and then pushed the loose ball into the net. With the linesman flagging for the foul the referee over-rode him to award the goal. Half time 2-1 St Peter but with everything to play for.
Whatever the half time team talk, the second half started in a similar fashion to the first with St Peter having most of the possession. Jamie Ritzema, on for Luke Lister was working hard alongside his brother Toby and Tommy Boarer controlling the midfield. In the 47th minute Andre Dias who was having an outstanding game at left wing-back, won the ball, quickly made ground and switched the play with a wonderful diagonal pass to find Jan Bentley in space down the right-wing. Jan drove into the area passing three defenders and slotted the ball past the home keeper. 3-1 St Peter. This set back seemed to galvanise Orpington who became even more determined to get back in the game. They were using the long ball to capitalise on the pace of their rangy strikers and urged on by their coaches, the tackles were flying in to win the ball. In the 70th minute, the Mustangs got their reward when a firm volley caught Roche out of position to make it 3-2. It appeared that this was the encouragement the home team was seeking and with the healthy home support roaring them on, the chips were down. St Peter coaches Benest and Lister went into deep discussion, and played their trump card, bringing young Luke Lister back into the fray in an effort to settle the Saints down. It proved to be a masterstroke, just minutes after coming back onto the pitch, St Peter won a free kick just inside the halfway line. Andre Dias played the ball into space over the Orpington back four for Luke Lister to outpace the defenders and just beat the home keeper to the ball to knock the ball home for his hat-trick. 4-2 St Peter, the celebrations from the players the subs and the coaching team suggested that they felt this was the goal to take them through to the quarter-final. Five minutes to play of normal time suggested they had the game under control but Orpington Mustangs were not going to give up without a fight. With James Carr pushed back into defence and young Josh Stuart on, they knew they just had to keep their composure to see out the game. In the fourth minute of added-on time, Orpington was thrown a lifeline when their striker took the ball down the right flank and hit a screamer, that flew past Pierce Roche. 4-3 St Peter; surely the whistle would go immediately, that wasn’t how the referee saw it, he played a further 4 nerve-wracking minutes.

98 minutes was an eternity for the players playing their second game in 24 hours
Fortunately, there were no further scares and St Peter FC go into the draw with the other 7 teams to fight for a place in the semi-final for the second year running. A hard-fought but very well deserved 4-3 victory. With 56 teams already eliminated from the 64 that started this competition, the Jersey team already has something to be proud about

Coach Karl Benest said:

“ I was delighted with overall performance and commitment of all 15 players. Their attitude and willingness to work for each other was outstanding. The team spirit in this squad is as strong as any I have experienced over the past few years, we thoroughly deserved to win the match. A special mention for Luke Lister he was clearly our ‘man of the match’, he was outstanding and converted all 3 goals with remarkable composure”

Fellow coach Anthony Lister said:

“ The boys’ work ethic and determination was key in this grinding cup tie. It was a great learning curve to play in such poor conditions with a heavy, pronounced sloping pitch and unpredictable high winds. The opposition was the most physical that we have encountered but our team spirit and outstanding finishing from Luke and Jan ensured the better team won. Our team is much stronger as a group for coming through difficult situations like this. Karl and I have noted the morale boost this gives not only this squad but the whole Club and we are all grateful to the Club for giving us this opportunity to test ourselves against the very best teams. It bodes well for this season and the seasons ahead as the boys progress together”.

Team: Pierce Roche: Rhys Thomas, Kacper Smilek, Declan Pyne, Andre Dias: Luke Lister, Tom Boarer, Toby Ritzema, James Carr: Jan Bentley, Ryan Marcinko. Subs: ( all featured) Doug McDermott, Jamie Ritzema, Josh Stuart, Tom Proffitt.
Scorers Bentley and Lister 3. MOM Luke Lister

For further information
Brian Foulser: Tel 851075
Karl Benest: Tel 07700 369911
Anthony Lister: Tel 07797 750419