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County Cup Champions!


On Friday 12th May 2017 the U14 Girls Football team went one better than last season and defeated Henry Beaufort School in the Final of the Hampshire Cup.

 

The Team:  Chloe G, Hayley, Chloe A, Lily-Rose, Izzy, Fleur, Cally, Ella, Nicole
 Beth, Saf, Amber, Freya, Ellie

Having brushed aside Warblington, Bay House & Toynbee on our way to the final- scoring 21 goals in the process- Henry Beaufort were always going to be a much tougher proposition. A heavy defeat in the same fixture last season saw HBS crowned champions and the Wavell girls were determined to be on the winning side this time. 

Alton FC played host to the two teams and the immaculate 3G playing surface looked fantastic under the moody skies above as kick off arrived.

The scene was set…

The first half started slowly, with both teams cancelling each other out, before bursting into life when Ellie ran through and finished calmly with the outside of her left boot. HBS then hit back with two goals either side of a long injury delay. A carbon copy equaliser from their flying winger was followed by a cross which ended up catching everybody out and barely dropping over the line to put the holders ahead. The game had turned within 8 minutes. 

With Wavell losing their first choice centre half Hayley (to a foot injury) between the first and second goal Fleming, Mills & Panons shuffled the pack. The changes worked as Saf bared down on goal and found the corner with aplomb. Half time arrived with the scores level at 2-2.

The second half started with Wavell on the front foot and the support from the stands growing louder with each attack. Sadly, the second match-ending injury occurred moments later. 

Ella, who moments earlier had delivered one of her trademark run and crosses into the area, pushed the ball down the wing again only to suffer a reoccurrence of her recent knee injury. Another lengthy break in play ensued as Ella was helped from the pitch and Wavell were forced to make more enforced changes to personnel.

With Amber making a series of saves, the Blues began to get deeper and deeper. Nicole - who was imperious throughout- continued to make last ditch tackles whilst Izzy, Chloe & Fleur ran tirelessly in midfield to support Ellie & Saf when we broke forward.

Each side had a great chance to win the tie in the final 7 minutes. Saf raced clear for the third time in the game and saw her right-footed shot well saved before play immediately switched ends. The HBS forward squared the ball across the 6 yard box & somehow it managed to evade everyone- including the swinging leg of their centre forward- before Freya calmly turned to clear from danger. With cramp setting in, and no fit subs left on the bench, Freya was forced to bravely play on through the pain as extra time approached. Step forward Ellie.

With seconds to play, Ellie herself took a corner which was headed clear by an HBS defender. Freya looked to launch it back into the box on the volley only for it to fly out wide to the feet of Ellie once more. Just outside the area, on the angle, she took a touch to settle the ball before unleashing a swerving, dipping shot which flew into the top corner and gave the goalkeeper no chance whatsoever. Cue mayhem! 

Cup Final Winning Goal 2017 from Wavell School on Vimeo.

With the Wavell supporters- including a handful of teaching staff- going crazy in the stands and Mr Mills & Miss Fleming celebrating wildly with the injured subs bench, Mr Panons found himself 20yds from the touchline- approaching the centre circle- demanding that the girls focus for one more minute and see the game out! 

They duly obliged, and in doing so were crowned the "Best U14 Girls Team in Hampshire for 2016/17". A magnificent achievement and one which they should all be extremely proud to have played a part in.

 

Alton FC Chairman Jim McKell presents the team with their individual winner’s trophies

Thank you to those staff and parents who made the trip to Alton to support the team. Here’s to next season!