Match Reports, National Competitions

#MatchReportMonday – The Schools’ Report with ThreeFiveThree Photography – ESFA Under 16 Premier League Schools’ Cup for Girls Quarter Final Groby Community College V Maiden Erlegh School

The Schools’ Report with ThreeFiveThree Photography

ThreeFiveThree photographer Garry Griffiths is back again with some quarter final action from the ESFA Under 16 Premier League Schools’ Cup for Girls! The quarter final threw up a mouth watering clash as Maiden Erlegh School (Reading) headed West Lancashire way to play hosts Groby Community College (West Leicestershire).

ESFA Under 16 Premier League Schools Cup for Girls Quarter Final Groby Community College V Maiden Erlegh School

A dramatic game in the Leicestershire sunshine saw Groby Community College edge into the last four and continue their remarkable run in this season’s competition.

The first half ended in stalemate with clear cut chances few and far between but former England Under 15 goalkeeper Lana Timson had to be on alert to snuff out the danger for the home side as the visitors grew into the game later in the opening half.

Katie Guinn did beat Timson to a through ball on the edge of the box towards half time but was forced wide and was unable to get a shot away before the ball was cleared.

The tension was growing with every passing minute and it was the visitors who edged ahead in the second half when Guinn was able to beat Timson and tap home into the empty net for a 1-0 lead.

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Groby Community College v Maiden Erlegh School in a English Schools Football Association Under 16 Premier League Girls Cup Quarter Final match at Brookvale Groby Learning Campus on Monday 28th January 2019 (c) Garry Griffiths | ThreeFiveThree Photography

With the clock ticking down it was time to gamble for the home side, sending keeper Timson up front and bringing a substitute keeper in for the final few minutes and it certainly paid off when the ball fell to Timson who struck a sweet shot past Tilly Harrington in the Maiden Erlegh goal and into the far corner as the seconds ticked down to full time.

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Groby Community College v Maiden Erlegh School in a English Schools Football Association Under 16 Premier League Girls Cup Quarter Final match at Brookvale Groby Learning Campus on Monday 28th January 2019 (c) Garry Griffiths | ThreeFiveThree Photography

Full Time Groby Community College 1-1 Maiden Erlegh School

With extra time coming and going without additional scoring it was down to penalties to determine the winner with nothing between the teams in open play.

Timson, having gone back into goal just before the end of extra time, stepped up to smash home the opening penalty before saving the next two spot kicks and, with Harleen Thandi and Katie Parker converting their spot kicks, the last chance for the visitors to keep the tie alive was missed to see Groby progress.

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Groby Community College v Maiden Erlegh School in a English Schools Football Association Under 16 Premier League Girls Cup Quarter Final match at Brookvale Groby Learning Campus on Monday 28th January 2019 (c) Garry Griffiths | ThreeFiveThree Photography

Groby Community College win 3-0 on penalties

Congratulations to both sides for an exciting game of football played in exceptional spirit. Groby Community College progress to the last four where they’ll host Horizon Community College, best of luck to both teams as they battle it out for a place in this seasons National Final!

Match Reports, The World of Schools' Football, Tie of the Round

#MatchReportMonday – Ringwood School V Bournemouth School for Girls ft. Callum Wilson as the cherry on top

Ringwood School hosts the seventh Playstation Schools’ Cup Tie of the Round with a special appearance from Callum Wilson

It’s #MatchReportMonday time, with hosts Ringwood School and Bournemouth School for Girls (BSG). The Ringwood School pupils were also treated to a visit from A.F.C Bournemouth super striker Callum Wilson for the seventh PlayStation Schools’ Cup Tie of the Round event! Click here for more 

Ringwood School V Bournemouth School for Girls

Before all the match proceedings, Callum Wilson was introduced to both squads pausing for photos and wishing good luck to both teams.

The teams then took to the pitch for kick off, the Ringwood School squad in PlayStation blue and the Bournemouth Schools for Girls squad in red and black kits.

Although the game was a only a local friendly it certainly didn’t play out that way, after kick off it was the Bournemouth School for Girls squad doing all the pressing with the majority of the ball. All of the early pressure payed off when number 7 pounced on a loose ball and slotted it home for one nil to BSG.

The second goal of the game came in a similar fashion to the first only this time it was the BSG number 9 on the case and after picking up a stray pass the number 9 lashed the ball into the roof of the net (Due technical difficulties we lost the goal footage but the goal somewhat resembled this goal below) making it two nil to BSG.

Just before wrapping up the first half the BSG number 7 broke the Ringwood high press, one and one with keeper she smartly knocks the ball past the charging Ringwood keeper collects and passes the ball into the back of the net.  

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After the break the Ringwood girls headed back out with a point to prove, controlling all the early play and asking questions of the BSG defensive. Ringwoods best chance came from Ringwoods number 15 following a powerful drive and reverse pass into the BSG box, with number 18 to collecting and cutting it back across the goal-line but the ball rolled agonisingly out of play.

With both teams in search of the crucial next goal it was the BSG number 7 again that found the breakthrough, after a powerful drive down the wing number 7 was through on goal and with some quick feet the BSG attacker rounded the keeper and cooly found the back of the net making it four nil to BSG.

The late third goal broke the Ringwood girls spirit and after an untidy challenge in the box BSG were awarded a penalty which was safely dispatched from the spot for the number 9’s second and BSG’s fifth.

In the final kicks of the game BSG’s two star attackers number 7 and number 9 combined nicely with number 7 hitting the line and cutting the ball back to number 9 who’s shot was initially well saved but the ball came back to number 9 who makes no mistake and seals the BSG victory!

The final score Ringwood School 0-6 Bournemouth School for Girls concluded the event and all of the days footballing action. A huge thank to the both teams for competing in such fierce and exciting friendly.