The Grand Finalists have been determined following the two Girls Cup Regional Finals. Played before the Papa John’s Trophy Final, the competing teams will be representing AFC Wimbledon (Surbiton High School) and Hull City (South Hunsley School).
Northern Regional Winner – Hull City (South Hunsley)
Host – Derby County
Derby County Community Trust were proud to host the EFL Utilita Girls Cup Regional Final, with Shrewsbury Town, Wigan Athletic, Blackpool and Hull City competing for a spot at Wembley. All the players enjoyed their day and the standard of the sides made for an entertaining and competitive set of fixtures.
The teams competed in a round robin style tournament with each side playing three games. Wigan won all their matches in the opening stage of the tournament, with Hull finishing in second place, followed by Blackpool and then Shrewsbury.
In the third and fourth place play-off, Blackpool had won the fixture 4-3 earlier in the day, but in another tight encounter, it was Shrewsbury that were victorious on this occasion as 7-4 winners.
The final was another exciting game as Wigan and Hull faced each other once again. The Latics triumphed 6-3 in the previous fixture, but this time it was Hull who came out on top with a 7-4 win to book their place at Wembley.
WE’RE GOING TO WEMBLEY!! The biggest congratulations to our U13 girls for giving the performance of their lives today! They showed pure grit and determination to win the northern final of the #EFLgirlscup!👏🏼Players players goes to Belle C & Evie A and coaches player was Lucy H⚽️ pic.twitter.com/5I6fjBNiNg— South Hunsley PE (@southhunsleype) March 3, 2022
Southern Regional Winner – AFC Wimbledon (Surbiton High School)
Host – Swindon Town
On Thursday 3 March, Foundation Park in Swindon hosted the EFL Utilita Girls Cup Southern Regional Final. MK Dons, AFC Wimbledon, Cheltenham Town and Bristol Rovers were the four teams from across the south who were competing for a place in the Grand Final at Wembley.
AFC Wimbledon got off to a good start, winning their first two games comfortably, closely followed by MK Dons, who after a narrow 1-0 win against Bristol Rovers sealed their places in the final, although not before they faced each other in the final group game. After a closely fought contest, which looked like it would finish in a draw, it was AFC Wimbledon who snatched the win in the final few minutes with two goals in quick succession to take them through to the final in first place.
Cheltenham and Bristol Rovers competed against each other in the third and fourth place play-off, which Cheltenham edged by a solitary goal. Elsewhere, it was AFC Wimbledon and MK Dons who faced each other again, but this time for a place in the Grand Final at Wembley Stadium. MK Dons fought hard but it was AFC Wimbledon who found the back of the net twice to seal their place at Wembley. Congratulations to AFC Wimbledon and best of luck in the final!
The Grand Final will take place ahead of the Papa John’s Trophy Final at Wembley on Sunday 3 April.