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
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