Striker backs college’s bid for silverware in cup final

Action from Myerscough College football team in the semi-final against the College of West Anglia.
Action from Myerscough College football team in the semi-final against the College of West Anglia.
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Myerscough college lads make it to national cup final after winning six rounds.

A Former Myerscough College student turned professional footballer has backed Myerscough College Football Academy’s quest for silverware after the team made it to a prestigious national cup final.

The side will play in the final of the English Schools Football Association (ESFA) Under-18 Colleges Trophy after progressing through six rounds against teams from across the country.

The national competition is contested between more than 100 school and college teams every year, with all players being in years 11-13 or studying in further education.

Former student and Rochdale striker Joe Bunney studied at Myerscough after being released by Macclesfield Town at the age of 16, before making the move back in to the professional game in 2013.

The 21-year-old striker said: “It’s a difficult competition to win and the lads have done very well to get this far. Being a national competition you never know who you’re playing next but I’m sure the lads will be prepared.”

Joe’s own career continues to go from strength-to-strength after using Myerscough College as a springboard into his professional career. He recently signed a new two year contract at Rochdale: “Things are going well so far. I got promotion with Rochdale in my first season and scored the winner on my Football League debut.

“In 18 months I’ve gone from being a Myerscough student to playing in round four of the FA Cup twice and earning promotion into League One. I’d love to play higher. We’re pushing on and hopefully we can make the playoffs again.”

It is fourth time lucky for Myerscough, who have been beaten in the semi-final three times in recent years but their impressive run to the ESFA, which has seen them up against St Mary’s College of Darwen (4-0), Lancaster andMorecambe College (1-0), Winstanley College of Wigan (4-2) and Gateshead College (4-2) was rewarded with a 5-1 win against The College of West Anglia in the last four.

Myerscough will now face either Hartpury College or Stanmore College of Harrow in the showpiece next month.