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England U15 Schoolgirls Pro:Direct Trials

Stage 2 of England U15 Schoolgirls Trials sponsored by Pro: Direct kick off this weekend!

Following a successful first stage of England U15 Schoolgirls trials back in October, the ESFA is delighted to be hosting the next stage of the process this weekend. The four regional squads ( see the squads below) that were selected from the first stage of the process will be pitched against each other, with everyone hoping to progress to the final round of trials. The North and Midlands regional squads will meet at Lilleshall National Sports Centre whilst the South East and South West squads will travel to Rectory Park in Middlesex on Sunday 14th November. The girls involved will be battling it out for a place at the final trial in December where if successful they will have the opportunity to wear the prestigious three lions shirt for the 2021/22 international season!

Full details of the ESFA international programme can be viewed here

The ESFA would like to wish all of the following players good luck and congratulate each player for making it to this stage in the process.

South West Squad

Number Name County
1Cherry PreisnerBerkshire
2Ella StowellGloucestershire
3Cecily Wellesley-SmithOxfordshire
4Abby KayOxfordshire
5Emily CadellGloucestershire
6Martha CampbellGloucestershire
7Erin WilliamsGloucestershire
8Mia EndacottDevon
9Taya PomfretDevon
10Olivia MagrathBerkshire
11Safia BoltonBerkshire
12Emilia NewtonDorset
13Sophie LerigoDorset
14Aimee ClarkeDorset
15Millie HodgeWiltshire
16Holly RandallHampshire
17Darcey MaxtedHampshire

South East Squad

1Brook MappBedfordshire
2Jessica PegramKent
3Isobel YoungKent
4Grace McEwenEssex
5Millie RaynerKent
6Mia ObengMiddlesex
7Eda PozderHertfordshire
8Olivia GlassonEssex
9Kayla NohasiarisoaMiddlesex
10Saoirse HouriganMiddlesex
11Brianna John-EtikoMiddlesex
12Amy LiddiardHertfordshire
13Lacey HiggsHertfordshire
14Tilly PhilpotEssex
15Ruby GaitelyKent
16Sophie ByromBuckinghamshire
17Kaci-Jai BonwickSuffolk

Midlands Squad

Number Name
1Abbey BeresfordWest Midlands
2Amelia HiscoxWest Midlands
3Harriet BrooksWest Midlands
4Sophia McGrath West Midlands
5Sophie Woodward West Midlands
6Simone SherwoodNorthamptonshire
7Poppy Beverly Northamptonshire
8Faith IyawaNorthamptonshire
9Imogen Hollway Northamptonshire
10Molly Loughton Humberside 
11Martha Gibson-Graham Humberside 
12Maisie Docherty Shropshire
13Felicity Townsend Shropshire
14Olivia Houlsten Shropshire
15Eva Stanley Shropshire
16Kiera Mills Shropshire
17Summer BaxendaleLeicestershire
18Charlie TarbertLeicestershire
19Erin MoretonStaffordshire 
20Amalie EdwardsLincolnshire
21Ebony FoleyLincolnshire

North Squad

1Ashleigh Ridsdel-HarrisonSouth Yorkshire
2Freya Grace DyosNorthumberland
3Beth Mason Lancashire
4Cara Fisher Northumberland
5Holly Tickle Lancashire
6Amelia Freeman Durham
7Gabriella Place Cleveland
8Katie Yates South Yorkshire
9Jessica Anderson Lancashire
10Emily CassapDurham
11Niamh BoothroydNorthumberland
12Ella Baker Cleveland
13Rose McCarthy Cleveland
14Reese HopkinsonWest Yorkshire 
15Freya Williams – Rowe Cheshire
16Evie Sadler Cheshire
17Gracie Slater Lancashire

Match Report: England U15 Schoolgirls v Wales

Under 15 Friendly International – Sunday 9th May 2021
Colliers Park, Wrexham

Wales 2 – 6 England

Wales v England in a Under 15 Schoolgirls International Friendly match at Colliers Park on Sunday 9th May 2021 (c) Garry Griffiths | ThreeFiveThree Photography

England’s Under 15 Schoolgirls returned to action with a blistering attacking performance against Wales on Sunday with Megan Sofield leading the way with a hat-trick!

Rebecca Ferguson captained the side and led her team out at Colliers Park for their first match since returning from Dublin with the John Read Trophy a mere 429 days ago, although the break didn’t seem to have affected their confidence as the girls opened the scoring with almost their first attack.

Lucy Cooper saw her shot saved by the Welsh keeper but as the ball rolled towards the goal Poppy Pritchard was on hand to smash in the opening goal. Moments later, the lead was doubled as Cooper’s shot was too strong for the home keeper and England were off to a dream start.

The half somehow ended with no further goals but with the Welsh keeper certainly the busier, with Delphi Cole shooting just wide and both Pritchard, Cooper and Sofield proving a real handful for the Welsh defence.

The second half started exactly like the first with two quick fire goals. Megan Sofield took advantage of a mistake in the Welsh defence to make it 3-0 and followed it up with a long range effort for her 2nd and England’s 4th.

Wales pulled a goal back following a scramble in the 6 yard box but almost immediately, Pritchard scored her 2nd of the game, surging through the defence and firing home from a tight angle. Again Wales fought back and grabbed a second to pull back to 5-2 and had arguably their best spell of the game with only a flying save from Aimie Flood preventing them edging closer still.

As the grey clouds rolled over to spoil an afternoon of perfect weather in North Wales, all that was left was for Sofield to complete the scoring with her hat-trick goal late on and cap a fantastic day for her and the squad overall.

Next up is a trip to Newcastle-upon-Tyne for a match with Scotland in June and we can only hope that the girls pick up where they left off in Wrexham.

The upcoming England U16 Schoolgirls’ match against Scotland on Saturday 5 June, will be live streamed online via the ESFA’s YouTube channel, ESFA TV. More details will be shared via the ESFA online in the coming weeks.

Match report & photo credits: 353 Photography