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Team Blenheim are ESFA PlayStation Under 14 Schools Cup Champions!

Posted on: 23/05/2018

As many of you will know by following our news items over the past months, our Under 14's Girls' Team went to the Madjeski Stadium in Reading yesterday to compete in the ESFA PlayStation Under 14 Schools Cup Final.

We are delighted to tell you that the team were crowned National Champions in what is the showpiece game in school football. 

The game started in bizarre fashion with Blenheim's opponents Durham Johnston School opening the scoring after just 30 seconds.  Within minutes Blenheim had equalised with captain Amelie firing into the top corner from 25 metres after some great work from team mate Amie.  With just 6 minutes on the clock Durham Johnston regained the lead - once again from a long throw.  Blenheim then found themselves 2 goals down as they conceded a penalty after 18 minutes.

Even with the score at 3-1 to Durham Johnston, Blenheim were by far the superior side. They created chance after chance, but were failing to capitalise, until in the first-half injury time Becca grabbed a crucial goal just before the stroke of half time.

The second half mirrored the first, with Blenheim playing some excellent football which forced Durham Johnston to defend from the outset.  After 10 minutes of the half the pressure told, with Aime, once again, playing a crucial part in setting up teammate Bronte for a great half volley finish at the back post.  The game settled into a pattern with Blenheim applying constant pressure.

With 2 minutes left of injury time it looked like the match would be heading for penalties. However, Blenheim's hard work and perseverance paid off and with a great ball from Player of the Match Amelie that found Becca, who coolly slotted the ball past the goalkeeper. Blenheim went into the lead for the first time with 30 seconds left to play!

The whistle sounded and Blenheim were crowned National Champions in front of around 50 travelling supporters!

The celebrations were fitting of such an occasion and the girls can now deservedly hold their heads high as double winners. This season they have won both the Surrey and National Cup titles - the icing on the cake for a team who have worked impeccably hard, shown true dedication and at the same time have had an awful lot of fun. They remain unbeaten in all forms of football and deserve huge congratulations!

Well done to the girls and our dedicated and hardworking PE department for coaching them on the road to success!