Our girls progress in English Schools cup

9th February 2018

Year 8 girls cup quarter finalsYesterday saw our year 8 girls football team continue their challenge in the English Schools Knockout Cup as they took on Newminster Middle School from Newcastle in the quarter-finals. (Note: the last report said quarters, but there was confusion between this and another competition!)

The match proved to be a fantastic and exciting watch, befitting of two teams in the last eight in the country. Straight from the kick-off there was a flurry of goalmouth activity with both teams having attempts on goals and some near misses. Newminster broke the deadlock within the first five minutes of the half, and held this lead going into half time.
National regrouped in the second half and deservedly equalised as Charlotte broke through the Newminster defence to score. However, immediately from the kick off, a fantastic solo effort from one of the Newminster girls out them back out in front as they retook the lead. Digging deep and working as a solid team unit, the home side pushed for an equaliser which arrived courtesy of a stunning freekick into the top corner by Millie. The visiting keeper had no chance and the game was finely poised at 2-2 as the lottery of penalties loomed on the horizon….

However, with just five minutes to go, the two National goalscorers combined, with Millie turning provider as her inviting cross was placed neatly home by Charlotte for her second of the afternoon, putting the home side 3-2 in front. Newminster battled bravely to get back into the game but some resolute defending in a tense finale saw National through the final whistle, with the realisation that the team have reached the last four in the entire country!

Miss Hall said, “It is a huge achievement and all of the staff involved with this group of players are so, so proud. Both teams were a real credit to their academy and school, showing determination, commitment and real passion. We want to thank the girls from Newminster for a superb game, and we wish them all the very best for the rest of their season, together with thanking all of their staff and parents from both sides who came to support the teams.”

The draw for the semi-finals takes place next week, and all at the academy are rooting for the girls as they continue on this incredible run!