The girls football team travelled to Somerdale Pavillion in Keynsham as Somerset representatives for the Danone Nations cup. It was a beautiful day that was excellently run by the ESFA and showcased a lot of enthusiastic players and exceptional talent.
The first event saw the girls proudly collect their medals for being champions of Somerset. The first game was against Devon and it was clear that both sides were nervous. Hugh Sexey nearly got off to a bad start when Devon shot at goal right from the kick off. Thankfully Katie was equally to it and diverted the danger. As the game grew older the girls started to find their rhythm with both Ella's making good decisions. Abbie and Anika looked bright throughout and had a couple of chances. The game finished 0 - 0 with the girls feeling that it could of gone either way.
The next match saw us up against Wiltshire and we started very brightly. Lucy was a busy influence in midfield and she helped set the tempo. At the back Evie was tenacious whilst also being composed when in possession. After some good play in the midfield Abbie got across her defender to rifle the ball into the net. The game finished with us winning 1 - 0 putting us in a good position before our next game.
Hampshire were our next opponents and they had a little too much quality. Despite our best efforts we lost 2 - 0. Indah and Maddy showed up well in this game and it said a lot for the character of the side that we kept going to the final whistle.
The final game of the group was against the Channel Islands. We both had equal points and recorded identical results against our opponents. THis meant that a draw would result in penalties and a win would send either team through as runner up. We saved this game for our best performance with all of the girls on top form. Anika and Abbie were excellent throughout and Abbie got the first goals after great work by Ella. Late in the game Ella worked a lovely one two and slotted into the corner for a 2- 0 win. This meant that we would face Dorset in the Semi Finals.
It was a proud day for the Dorset school as this was the furthest they had ever progressed in the competition. Their travelling support cheered them on throughout and it was evident that they were a powerful and well drilled side. in the end Dorset emerged victorious and progressed to the finals as deserved winners.
Credit to Hugh Sexey who gave a great account of themselves throughout the day. Many thanks also to the parents who helped contribute to a lovely day.