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East Preston Junior School

Girls' Football Southern Area Finals

6th Place Overall 

Following a cagey qualifying group in the Angmering cluster group qualifying round recently, our Year 5/6 Girls football team attended the Southern Area Finals Day.

Ten footballers attended Woodside Road - the home of the mighty Worthing FC - and played in front of the grandstand on the state-of-the-art 4G pitch. 11 teams from across the region competed for a place in the Sussex final, from as far afield as Southwick near Brighton.

The EP team started nervously against last year's national champions - Glebe School - but soon found their front foot and edged ahead with a goal from target striker Darcey. This inspired confidence throughout the ranks and roaming midfielder Maisie doubled the lead shortly afterwards - to arouse huge cheers from the hugely supportive EP parents contingent!

3 tight games followed with a draw against Schoolsworks neighbours River Beach, and finally a cracking late equaliser by Daisy to put EP in touching distance of a semi-final place. Sadly it wasn’t quite enough, meaning that we had a final game against local rivals Georgian Gardens to decide fifth place overall. In a fiercely competitive game, played in a great spirit, honours were shared meaning that the game had to be decided, under floodlights, by a dreaded penalty shoot-out. Despite a valiant effort by goal-keeper Poppy, EP were defeated on penalties - just like many valiant England teams over the years!

EP finished up 6th overall from an original pool of 61 teams that had entered the competition - an outstanding result! The eventual winners were no less than Glebe school who suffered only the one reverse during the day - to EP!

An incredible effort to finish the day unbeaten in normal time and to have defeated the eventual winners.

Mr Jenner and Worthing Manager Adam Hinshelwood presented the trophies to the winners and also key players in the tournament - EP’s Grace was one of the lucky recipients for her calm head throughout these fierce encounters.

A fabulous occasion that will live long in the memories of these talented footballers.

As always we would like to extend our thanks to parents and families for their support, all of our fabulous opponents, Worthing FC for playing host and Angmering School’s Mr Jenner for organising the day.

I was thrilled with the way that a group of girls with little experience came together over a short period of time and learned the meaning of teamwork and relying upon each other to build communal success - you were an asset to the school and each other.

Maisie said,

We went to a professional football club to play girls football southern area finals. We played 4 matches in our group and and a play-off against G.G. which ended in a penalty shoot-out which we lost. My favourite part of the tournament was our first game  when I scored a goal which made the score 2-0 then I got hit in the face by the ball! The amazing thing was the the one game we won was  against the overall winners! Who were last  years  national winners!!
Throughout the games everyone tried out different positions and we all enjoyed it very much and we are all very pleased that we came 6th place over 11 teems !!!

Marcie said,

although it was hard, we all tried our best we won one, we drew 3 and we lost one after penalties. I am not a football fan but we all gave it a shot ; everyone tried different positions but we all did very well and I thoroughly enjoyed it .

Olivia added,

Today was an incredible girl's football fixture. Everyone including Mr Coates had fun and wished to play even more. We all worked together as hard as we could in every game we played. One of the games we won,  we drew three and lost one - but it didn't matter to us because we enjoyed it and had lots of fun. We all participated as a team and amazingly we came sixth out of sixty-one different local school that entered.