Girlsâ Under 16 Football ESFA National Cup Quarter FinalPosted on: 13/02/2020
#teamblenheim took the long trip to Bournemouth hoping to secure a place in the National Cup semi-final for the third year in a row. With two starters unavailable, due to entirely avoidable absence, the girls went in knowing that they would have to work harder than ever to keep the dream of three titles in a row alive.
#teamblenheim started well and kept the ball moving forwards, opening the scoring with Becca finishing from an excellent cross from Amie at the back post. Bournemouth soon found their rhythm and had the better of the rest of the half, scoring two quick fire goals to leave Blenheim 2-1 down at half time, with goalkeeper Lara making two excellent saves to keep Blenheim in the game.
The team talk was focused and purposeful, with the girls knowing what needed to be done, and they quickly delivered with Hannah scoring a beautiful goal form outside the area to bring Blenheim level. The work rate from the 11 girls was exceptional and it looked like Blenheim would push on to win, with Bronte hitting the bar twice and a beautiful free kick form Captain, Amelie.
This level of performance took it out of the girls and with 15 minutes left Bournemouth broke after a Blenheim attack and went 3-2 up. In true Blenheim style, the team dug deep and continued to push for an equaliser, with a perfect through ball from Amelie, Becca beat the goalkeeper and defender to the ball and poked it home.
The last 10 minutes saw Bournemouth grow in confidence against the tired Blenheim legs and with five minutes to go, Bournemouth grabbed the winner with a deflected shot from a corner.
The girls were out of the National Cup for the first time in three years, bringing an end to their run of 53 games unbeaten.
Every player was a credit to themselves and the school and Mr Millard could not be prouder. After half term the under 16 girls will welcome Cheam High School in the Surrey Cup, looking to win their third County title in a row.