It was goals galore this week when a team of eight talented footballers took to the pitch as part of a Premier League u11s regional tournament.
The Year 6 girls football team from Milton CofE Primary School in Cambridge were excited to be selected to represent Cambridge United FC at the prestigious event held in Milton Keynes and their impressive skills highlighted exactly why they were chosen.
A squad put on an accomplished display scoring a whopping 12 goals in their group stages and going on to top the group with a clean sheet.
The team travelled to compete against 12 other teams as part of the competition which saw squads from across the region go head-to-head.
Year 6 teacher and sports coordinator Rebecca Houghton said: “What an event! We travelled by coach and when we arrived, we were given our own team changing room. After a warmup, we got started with the group stages.
Top of the group
“The girls played really well in the group stages and ended up finishing top of their group. Laura Burtenshaw, who was playing in goal, made some fab saves to keep the oppositions’ scores low, supported by Molly Doig, Elsa Downie and Nieve Halksworth who were in defence. Ellie Gloag and Bettina Bobby did a great job playing in the wings, bringing the ball up the pitch to Ava Theobald and Emily Moore who had some lovely assists to each other’s goals.”
The star team beat Barnet 2-1 in the quarter final taking them to a nail-biting semi-final game against Milton Keynes which ended in a 1-1 draw and took the teams to a tense penalty shoot-out in which the girls were victorious.
Ashley Dyer, education and skills manager from Cambridge United Community Trust, said: “It was some of the best football I’ve seen. The team was absolutely brilliant, and they are a wonderful group of girls with more success to come. They played the best semi-final match I’ve seen, it was unbelievable.”
The squad put on an incredible display to make the final against Luton but were worthy runners up after a 4-1 defeat.
Worthy runners up
Mrs Houghton added: “The team played amazingly well against a tough opposition. They persevered well through the whole match and fought to the very last second. They finished runners up which is a fantastic achievement. The girls were fantastic representatives of both the school and Cambridge United.”
As part of the day, the girls were given the chance to have their photo taken with the official Premier League trophy as well as the MK Dons mascot.
Their inclusion in the tournament came ahead of a national celebration of women’s football across the country over the first weekend of March.
James Fraser, co-headteacher at Milton which is part of the Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust, said: “It was an amazing achievement for the team to attend the tournament and make it to the finals. The girls are fantastic ambassadors for our school.”
A total of around 92 professional football clubs across the country have taken part in the Premier League tournament, culminating in a grand final which will take place in Watford this May.