Year 5 and 6 Girls Football Competition – UCLAN Sports Arena – 16th January|
Broughton fall agonisingly short, playing ‘Total Football!’
Year 5 and 6 Girls Football Competition – UCLAN Sports Arena – 16th January
Wednesday 16th January was the day for the Year 5/6 Girls 6-a-side Football Competition at UCLAN Sports Arena, Cottam. The girls have their first loss of the season the week before in a friendly against St Peter’s at Play Football. At the time, they were rocked, however they were now fired up and incredibly determined to get back on the winning horse. Fortunately, they chose the ‘Prize Winner’! J We were drawn in a group of death against 3 other schools that could play and only the top 2 went through to the knockouts. Our first game was against…yes, you guessed it…St Peter’s. In the initial team huddle before the game, I saw the fire in their eyes and at that point, I knew they were going to have a great afternoon. This was typified by the performance of Olivia Rankin. What a tiger she is! She was everywhere, smashing in two great goals and most importantly, taking it upon herself to cancel out their best player, by hardly letting her have a touch of the ball. She is a legend and played like this all afternoon! The blue touch paper was light for the rest of the afternoon as we won 2-1. Bayla-Rose Smart (Captain) was leading by example. Full running, encouraging her team mates, crisp passing, clever positioning and beautiful shooting, leading to multiple hat-tricks. Well done BRS. The girls stormed through the groups, brushing aside Grimsargh and Deepdale. Elise Rawson was an absolute rock making that defensive position her own. Great tackling, excellent stamina, good strength and most importantly, wonderful distribution when passing. Well done ER! We scraped through against Eldon in the quarter final, 2-1, Olivia Rankin scoring with the last kick of the game. Annabel Cutting continued her amazing progression as a striker. Being really physical to win the ball back high up the pitch, showing super strength and having a nack of scoring important goals. Well done AC! We then brushed aside Blessed Sacrament in the semifinals winning 4-0. Bayla-Rose scoring an excellent hat-trick. Alex Latham, Eva Hughes and Olivia Newman-Kirk shared the left wing role all afternoon. Alex showed great touches and passing ability, with a couple of goals. Eva showed really good pace and dribbling skill and popped up with a goal in the semi-final! Olivia N-K showed grit, strength and determination. The way she sweeps up and tackles really hard will stand her in good stead for the grass season. A special mention to Bethan Sloan, our goalkeeper. In over ten games, only 4 goals in the whole afternoon. Her reflexes, positioning and distribution are improving every single time she steps on to the field. Well done Beth! Well done to all of the girls. The final was a round robin between ourselves, Queens Drive and St Stephen’s. Both us and St Stephen’s brushed Queens Drive aside 3-0. So it was a winner takes all between us. They won 2-0. However, we schooled them in football terms: great passing and movement, lots of shots and attacking moves. Unfortunately, we came up against and inspired goalkeeper and they nicked with two late goals and the only shots they had. The girls were so good and did Broughton so proud. Well done to all the squad!
Mr. B’s comments: I just feel blessed that I have the opportunity to work with these wonderful children. They are one of the most dedicated, hard working and talented set of girls we have ever had. The football we are playing is outstanding and any team is going to have their work cut out beating us on the grass. Please can the Broughton Community support our girls in their Quarter-Final Cup Match at HOME vs St Teresas on Tuesday 5th February after school. We are two wins away from Deepdale. Let’s go Team Broughton!