20 October 2017
Victory for King's at ESFA National Girls’ Playstation Schools Under 15 Cup
King’s College are through to the next round of the ESFA National Girls’ Playstation Schools Under 15 Cup.
Travelling to Millfield and fielding a side of girls in the Third and Fourth
Forms, King’s footballers had the perfect start when Abbie Stride’s shot hit
the crossbar and Lizzie Chetwode pounced on the rebound to finish from close
range in the first few minutes. Lizzie laid claim to a second when she edged
the ball over the line after Nicole Marlow latched onto a perfect through-ball
from Katie Beale and beat the keeper in a one-on-one, to leave King’s in
control and 2-0 up at the break.
Katie Beale and Reishma Rao dominated the midfield, linking well with Malaika Njema and Abbie Stride on the wings, and Grace White, Jess Walrond, Millie Masters and Tresha Kumar were rock solid in defence.
With the very strong wind now at their backs, the second half started well when Abbie Stride cut in from the left wing to finish close to the near post. A free kick from wide right was well taken by Jess Walrond beating the defence and allowing Nicole Marlow to half volley into the roof of the net from eight yards.
With Elena Pearce in clear control of her goal area and sweeping up all long balls, Millfield looked unlikely to respond despite their persistent and hardworking team.
Some excellent performances by King’s substitutes Olivia Banks, Anastasia Woodard, Matti Mercer, Isabel Ambler and Hannah Johnston were capped by an outstanding performance by Polly Gammon who showed just how much progress can be made with some focused training when she came off the bench to slot in at right back.
Chris Heayns, Director of Football at King’s Schools said: "This was a real team effort from the King’s girls and to beat Millfield on their own pitch is a great achievement – well done to all concerned."
The next round of the competition will now take place in mid-November, and will be an at home game against Hugh Sexey's Middle School.