U16 Schools’ Cup for Girls – Joint National Champions Crowned

Weatherhead High School and Bournemouth School for Girls crowned National Champions in the 2019/20 U16 Schools’ Cup for Girls competition.

The English Schools’ FA has declared Weatherhead High School (Wirral) and Bournemouth School for Girls (Bournemouth) joint champions of the U16 Schools’ Cup for Girls for Season 2019-2020.

The decision has been taken after Covid-19 prematurely ended the season and it was established that it would not be feasible for these teams to participate in this year’s National Final match.

Darren Alcock, ESFA National Competitions Manager said “Players and staff at Weatherhead High School and Bournemouth School for Girls have worked incredibly hard to reach this English Schools’ FA Cup Final.  We are very pleased to have reached a resolution for this final which recognises the effort, skill and determination of those involved with both teams.  To be crowned a National Champion is an extremely prestigious honour, so we hope that the players, staff and school communities will enjoy this accolade and we wish the players well in their future football endeavours.” 

Match Reports

Throwback Thursday: Match Report

As Garry from 353 Photography heads off to photograph The Priory School in their season 2019/20 semi-final fixture against Alder Grange today – here’s a throwback to the last time he saw the U13 Girls in action back in March 2020…

ESFA Under 13 Girls 9-a-Side Schools Cup Quarter Final
The Priory School 2 Toot Hill School 1
Monday 2nd March 2020
At Shrewsbury Sports Village

On a sunny afternoon in Shrewsbury it was the home side who edged into the last four and continued their march for a second successive national final in the process.

Toot Hill School provided tough opposition for The Priory School in a game played on the artificial surface at Shrewsbury Sports Village due to the recent wet weather leaving the home pitch unplayable.

It was the visitors who took the lead into the break courtesy of a Verity Hickling goal and facing some stubborn defending it was clear the girls in green would have to dig deep to turn things around.

That they did in the second half as goals from Olivia Millar and Ruby Morris had the home fans in raptures going into a 2-1 lead as they put the visitors under pressure.

It was not all one way traffic though with the Nottinghamshire school having chances to draw level and, late on in the game, only a fine save from Becca Woodvine denied them an equaliser that would have taken the tie to extra-time.

The save earnt Becca the ‘Save of the Month’ Award and helped secure that semi final spot.

A semi final with Alder Grange School awaits and there is still a chance of a repeat of last season’s U12 final with runners-up The Cherwell School facing Woodlands School in the other semi final.

Photographs and match report by Garry Griffiths, 353 Photography