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AFC Bournemouth win Football League Girls Cup

30 March 2014

?Broadstone Middle School were crowned champions of The Football League Girls Cup after a 1-0 success against Thomas Telford School at Wembley Stadium.

Representing AFC Bournemouth, Broadstone sealed the win against Shrewsbury representatives Thomas Telford thanks to a superb second-half strike from captain Molly Pike.

A national six-a-side competition for girls aged 13 or under, The Football League Girls Cup is designed to promote healthier lifestyles to children and engage with the next generation of stars.

A total of 727 schools entered the 2013/14 Girls Cup - the eighth season of the competition - with more than 5,800 participants.

Broadstone Middle School and Thomas Telford School battled through a number of local rounds and regional tournaments to reach the competition's climax, which was staged under the famous Wembley arch prior to the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final.

It was a tight game on a sun-kissed Wembley pitch, with both teams comfortable in possession during the 14 minutes of play.

In a quiet first half Thomas Telford aimed to use the long throw of Eleanor Vernon to cause Broadstone problems, but they defended well and remained solid.

The Shrews representatives did create one chance of note just before the break but, after receiving a cross from Emily Wootton, Anna Morphet lost her footing before managing to get a shot away.

Morphet was at it again early in the second half but her low shot was well saved by Broadstone goalkeeper Kayla Rendell.

With the game approaching the closing stages, a moment of magic from captain Pike settled it.

The youngster picked the ball up in the opposition half, shifted it onto her right foot and, despite having two defenders for company, she managed to fire low across Lydia Simkiss in the Thomas Telford goal, with the ball nestling in the bottom corner.

It was a memorable goal to complete a memorable day.


Broadstone Middle School, representing AFC Bournemouth: Kayla Rendell (GK), Charley-Rae Everett, Molly Pike (C), Ella Wright, Katie Scadding, Aimee-Rose Collier, Abigail O'Hare, Lucie Donnelly.

Thomas Telford School, representing Shrewsbury Town: Lydia Simkiss (GK), Emily Wootton, Sienna Parrish, Eleanor Vernon, Anna Morphet (C), Sophie Johnson, Sophie Jones, Ella Kinsey.

Thanks to Mitre for supplying both teams with their Wembley kits

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