“It’s an unbelievable achievement; it feels amazing!”
That’s how South Hunsley student Lucy Hope described her emotions as Hull City won the Utilita Girls Cup Grand Final against Surbiton High School, representing AFC Wimbledon, at Wembley Stadium.
In front of a boisterous crowd ahead of the Papa Johns Trophy Final, Annabelle Cawthra scored the game’s only goal when her low, long-range drive found the back of the net.
South Hunsley PE Teacher and Girls Football Coach Laura Bramhill was beaming with pride after seeing her side triumph under the famous arch.
“It’s unbelievable!” she said: “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to bring a team to Wembley. The whole journey in the competition has been amazing and to win it just tops it off. Incredible!
“We’ve had quite a lot of school members here and staff, plus a lot of girls have brought family and friends, so that was really nice to have lots of supporters.
“The Utilita Girls Cup is unbelievable – it gives them loads of opportunities, not just to develop their football skills, but also personal skills, social skills and emotional skills.
“This team have grown a lot over the past few months throughout this journey. It’s been unforgettable for them. They’ll remember this forever!
“Some of them girls there are super talented, so I would not be shocked to see them here again!”
Both sides earned their place in the Final after progressing through Club, Area and Regional phases, with over 22,000 children participating in the competition.
And having worked their way to Wembley, both teams took part in an even contest, with one moment of brilliance proving to be the difference.
Hull player Daisy Short added: “It’s really exciting, and to do it with these girls as well just makes it even better. It’s something that you think about and would love to do, so actually doing it is crazy.”
South Hunsley School – Hull City
Lucy Hope, Maiya Akrill, Sophie Bentley, Annabelle Cawthra, Lila Stead, Evie Akrill (C), Daisy Short, Lottie Branton.
Surbiton High School – AFC Wimbledon
Emily Allen, Annabelle Maskell (C), Naomi Bradley, Tess Finn, Taylor Warren, Yasmin Jackson, Sophie Leach, Dolly Reynolds.