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17 October 2016

ISFA Champions After Extra Time!

King’s College continued their domination of girls’ football when they won the Under 15 Independent Schools’ Football Association (ISFA) National seven-a-side tournament. The Under 18s, the 2015 winners, were runners-up after a penalty shoot-out in the final.

In the Under 15 competition nine sides battled it out for the national title and split into two qualifying groups. King’s beat Roedean 9-0 in their opener, thanks to four goals from Nicole Marlow, three by Abbie White and one each from Almut Baumann and Jess White.

The team then fought out a goalless draw against City of London; an Almut Baumann goal was enough to secure a 1-0 victory over ACS Cobham before King’s suffered their only defeat of the day when they were beaten 0-1 by St Margaret’s.

In the semi-final King’s produced a scintillating performance to beat Wycombe Abbey 3-0, courtesy of two goals from Abbie White and one from Almut Baumann.

In the final King’s faced St Margaret’s again, which was always going to be a tough match. Marlow put King’s ahead with a low powerful driven shot that beat the goalkeeper at the near post. This looked to be enough to secure victory, but late in the second half St Margaret’s equalised, taking the match into extra time.

King’s were not to be denied, and scored three goals in two minutes, two from Abbie White and two more for Nicole Marlow to complete her hat-trick to lift the trophy.

In the Under 18 competition there were 19 teams competing who were split into four groups.

King’s comfortably won each of their group matches and in the quarter-finals beat Ardingly 5-0 thanks to a brace of goals from Lucie Waddon, and one each for Beth Beale, Kayane Alencar and Phoebe Licence.

The semi-final saw King’s face ACS Cobham. A Sarah Hill goal saw them book a slot in the final.

King’s faced Repton in the final. At the end of a tough game there was no score. After extra time there was still no score, so the game went into penalties with Repton eventually winning 3-2 to gain their revenge for last year’s defeat at the hands of King’s.

At the end of the game Chris Heayns the Director of Football at King’s Schools said: “This was a great day of football for all of the girls and to come away with the Under 15 Cup and runners up spot in the Under 18s is a real achievement.”

“This success is due to the excellent girls’ football programme we have operating at King’s College and all of the hard work that all of the players and coaches put in, and to the wonderful support all of the parents.”

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