20th January 2017
Girls ESFA County Football Tournament
Friday 20th January
Following the success of the girls year 5/6 football team at the ESFA tournament on the 18th October, the girls donned their football boots once more to represent South Cambridgeshire in the County Finals held at Kings Ely Junior School last Friday.
Over the course of the afternoon, 6 teams took part in a round robin format, all teams playing each other once. As the photograph clearly illustrates, Coton’s team looked rather small in stature as it was comprised of just 2 year 6 girls, 5 year 5’s and Jessica, representing the year 4’s!
Sophie, as captain, led the team out for each of their 5 matches, bravely battling on with boots that were ever so slightly too small for her! Although not in pain during the tournament (apparently!!) she returned to school on Monday unable to walk properly with an extremely sore toe – that’s determination if ever you saw it!
The girls were undefeated over the course of the tournament, scoring a total of 12 goals in their first 4 matches and only conceding 1! This was testament to Eve’s safe hands between the sticks, whose goalkeeping over the duration of the tournament could simply not be faulted. Indeed the only goal that slipped by her came about from a powerful shot from an equally powerful player!
Of course, a team who isn’t able to score against another team not only has to evade the goalkeeper, but also has to battle round the defensive wall. And what a wall we had!
Holly performed her role as the last defender impeccably, making the crucial final tackle count on numerous occasions and calmly clearing the ball to her midfield players.
Sophie and Antonia relish the opportunity to ‘man to man mark’, a role in which they both excel. Their intense marking made it very difficult for the opposition to freely pass the ball around and minimised the number of shots their marked players could make.
Manuela, Olivia and Jessica all worked tirelessly in midfield, making runs towards goal when opportunities arose, yet tracking back to support the defensive players when they were needed.
Madeline was the team’s top scorer, netting 8 goals, closely followed by her sister Olivia who secured a further 2 goals but perhaps the most impressive performance both defensively and in an attacking role came from the youngest member of the team, Jessica. She was instrumental in setting up goals for Madeline, strong defensively and not afraid to push up when space allowed securing herself 2 goals.
For those of you that have been calculating mean averages in maths this week perhaps you could calculate the mean average number of goals scored in each match, or the mean average number of goals the goal scorers made?!
The final match was a repeat of the girls’ final match in their previous tournament.
They were set to face Histon and Impington Juniors, who were looking to secure their fourth County tournament win. Both teams had won all four of their previous matches and scored heavily against their opponents. The girls put in an incredibly brave, well-disciplined performance holding Histon and Impington to a 0-0 draw. Histon were clearly frustrated at times during the match as a direct result of the solid defensive play that the girls produced. Unfortunately, Histon defended equally well and we were simply not able to penetrate their defensive line.
The overall result meant that both Coton and Histon and Impington finished top of
the table on 13 points each. The only way to separate the two teams was to look at the number of goals scored for and against each team. It meant that with a goal difference of 14, as compared to Coton’s goal difference of 11, Histon were again crowned County champions, with Coton finishing in a very commendable second place.
Girls, we are so incredibly proud of you and wait to hear whether only the tournament winners, or, the top two teams get an opportunity to represent their region in the next round!