Brentford lifted the Kinder+Sport Football League Girls Cup at Wembley Stadium after a 1-0 victory over Hartlepool United.A long-range second-half strike from Alex Fuggle was the difference in a closely-fought game, which eventually saw the Bees, who were represented by Elthorne High School, prevail.
Northfield School & Sports College, who contested the showpiece on behalf of Pools, had their best chance of the final shortly after they had conceded, as Beth Shaw found Sorrell Gresham, who had her shot blocked.
Brentford nearly doubled their lead on several occasions when Kehanna Noel and Fuggle again went close, but they held on to secure a memorable win under the arch of the national stadium.
Goalscorer Fuggle said: “It felt amazing. I’ve always wanted to play at Wembley and score. It’s the best feeling in the whole world.
“The game was tight in parts, but I think we dominated overall. They had some strong players so it was a good battle. My family were all very pleased to see me score.”
Brentford coach Dave Phippard, who accompanied the team at Wembley, said: “It was unbelievable; the girls were phenomenal out there. From the first whistle they just didn’t stop. Hartlepool had some cracking players, but we sustained great pressure throughout the game.
“It was a happy moment seeing them lift that cup, it’s been a long journey and we’ve won a lot of tournaments to get here, so it’s very special.”
The competition for girls aged under 13, organised by The Football League Trust, saw more than 6,000 girls take part in various group stages on the road to Wembley, with each of the 72 Football League clubs running their own tournaments for local schools, to determine who would represent them in the competition.
The Kinder+Sport Project is a national initiative from Ferrero UK and the Football League Trust, aiming to get children active and promote active lifestyles.
The initiative is made up of two elements. The + Sport Move and Learn Project is a schools-based programme targeting nine to 10-year-olds, which sets out to move over 21,000 children and deliver over 190,000 hours of activity and education over the 2014/15 school year across the UK and Ireland. It is part of Ferrero’s global CSR activity which has reached 12 million children in 27 countries to date.
Ferrero also aims to get even more children active by sponsoring both the Kinder+Sport Kids Cup and the Kinder+Sport Girls Cup. The competitions encourage children to get involved with sport and physical activity whilst giving them a completely unique opportunity to play at football stadiums across the country. The Girls Cup also encourages young girls to participate in sport in an accessible and nurturing environment.
Brentford (represented by Elthorne Park High School): Holly Thomson (GK), Alex Fuggle, Kehanna Noel, Demi Heavens (Capt), Rhiannon Stewart, Nicole Goolab, Rhianna Allard, Heba Mahmood.
Hartlepool United (represented by Northfield School & Sports College): Sarah Thompson (GK), Brooke Slater, Ashton Shah, Megan Shaw, Beth Shaw, Megan Bryson, Eleanor Dale (Capt), Sorrell Gresham.
Kits provided by Mitre.