|Under 13s St Wilfrid's Girsl Football 6-a-side Team|
Following St Wilfrid's Under 13's recent success in the area 6-a-side tournament to represent Crawley Town in the N-Power Girls Cup, the team travelled to Oxford to play in the Regional Round. The other teams involved included Brentford, Swindon Town, Brighton, Bournemouth, Reading, Portsmouth and Oxford United.
The opening game was against Swindon Town which saw the team come out of the blocks quickly with Libby scoring a hat trick in the first half. Megan scored in the second half with Libby finishing off the 5-0 rout. The team went straight into the next group game against Brentford and again they started quickly with Megan scoring within 10 seconds! Chloe then scored a hat trick to put the team 2-0 up at the break. In the second half Emily and Nicole each scored before Brentford pulled 2 back but a 6-2 win meant they were through to the semi finals.
To complete the group the team experimented against Bournemouth but were put to the sword by a strong team who had three players that played for Hampshire and resulted in a 5-0 loss.
The two groups finished with Crawley Town vs. Reading in our semi final and Brighton v Bournemouth in the other, Brighton lost 3-0 to Bournemouth whilst we showed our true credentials with a 3-1 win over Reading, with Libby and Megan(2) scoring goals. Josie and Hannah at the back did not give Reading any clear chances as we physically matched our opponents.
The final was against Bournemouth and was another fantastic physical occasion where both teams were really battling for every ball. The team were exhausted from their previous confrontations and Bournemouth took the lead before Libby replied. There were many missed opportunities from both teams and Hollie made some good saves. A 1-1 draw at the end of 20 minutes showed how close the game was. In extra time a mistake led to Bournemouth taking the lead and whilst trying to attack and battle back a breakaway goal made it a 3-1 score line.
The girls did fantastically well throughout the day and their achievement in getting to the final and pushing the strongest team to the very end is certainly one to remember!
On Friday 17th January the girls were invited to a special celebration with Mr Ferry, Mr where he congratulated them on their hard work and achievements reminding them they were the second best football squad in South East England and how proud he was of them.
The squad consisted of Year 7 & 8 Students - Well done to all of them!