8 February 2016
King’s Win the Kinder + Ladies Futsal Cup at Derby
King’s College girls enjoyed their biggest success so far on Thursday when, representing Exeter City FC, they won the Football League Trust Kinder + Ladies’ Futsal Tournament at the Derby Arena.
Drawn in the toughest group the girls faced Peterborough United, Burton Albion and Bristol City in their pool of four.
King’s took the lead through Phoebe Licence in the opening match against Burton, and looked worthy winners until the League One side equalized in the dying seconds.
The team delivered a ruthless performance to produce a resounding 8-0
victory over Bristol City thanks to a goal each from Gemma Chilcott and
Phoebe Licence, two each from Kayane and Karolayne Alencar and a hat
trick from skipper Beth Beale.
In their final qualifying game King’s knew they needed a win over the unbeaten group favorites Peterborough to progress to the final, and their tactic from the start was clear: stop their opponents from scoring and counter-attack with pace. The girls rose to the challenge and produced their best team display of the season so far.
After a tactical encounter, Phoebe Licence cut across the Peterborough defenders to stretch out a foot and put the ball into the net, after which it was a case of defending all the way to the final whistle.
In the final against Cardiff, Grace Perkins was outstanding in goal behind a highly efficient defence. The girls were composed and completely focused on the task and thanks to goals from Phoebe Licence, and Kayane and Karolayne Alencar, King’s secured the silverware and the title of National Women’s Futsal Champions to add to the ISFA National 7s title that they won back in October.
Chris Heayns, Director of Football at King’s said: “This really is a
significant achievement in the realm of women’s futsal in the UK.
“The difference this time was the calibre of the opposition, who are all dedicated female footballers on futsal-based programs attached to professional football clubs with access to training four or five times a week.”