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U13 Girls’ Football National Cup

U13 Girls’ Football National Cup

Girls’ football is very popular in GMS, so when the girls’ U13 team played Richmond Park School in the National Cup, there was much excitement, especially as Richmond was a team who, just a year ago, made it through to the end stages of the competition. As it was GMS’s first time, it was difficult to know what to expect.
This may have been GMS’s first time in the competition, but the girls were well prepared, due to them having a fantastically positive attitude and the desire to win.
The game did swing: GMS girls went up 1-0 early in the game, with a great ball played to striker Antonia Hay who calmly put the ball in the bottom corner of the net. Richmond equalised. However, GMS reacted positively and found the back of the net again, within minutes, this time by Olivia Letchford.
At half-time GMS were winning 2-1. After the break, the team kept to formation, which used the whole width of the pitch, and kept possession. Praise goes to several girls: Emma Vigolo, who saved goals from the opposition, Rachel Clarke for crunching tackles by right back; and Rosie McDermott, whose role in the centre midfield, linked the defence and attack to keep the GMS team in the lead.
Unfortunately, Richmond found the back of the net with just 6 minutes to spare, taking the game to extra time.
Nail-biting play occurred in extra time, with both teams having attempts on goal. Richmond seemed strong when they scored twice in quick succession. But, the plucky GMS girls didn’t give up and Emma Vigolo, scored a fantastic goal to equalise.
There was heart-stopping moment when, in the last few minutes of play, Becky Tinnelly hit the post and had a shot saved off the line. So, sadly, it wasn’t to be  GMS’s day, but no-one can fault the fantastic display of skills on show by the team.
Every girl was a credit to the school, every girl displayed excellent commitment and effort.
This is just the first of many games, the squad is determined to continue to train hard and focus on their county cup run.
A special thank you goes to Brendan Vaughan, a Year 11 who a was fantastic referee: he was an exceptional leader, displaying a very professional empathetic persona.
The school congratulates the girls and their coaches: the team played valiantly against an opponent who had much more experience at playing in a league: well done to all.
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