On Wednesday 10 October, the girls of Malvern St James Girls’ School successfully retained their Under 11 Girls Football District Champions title. The tournament held at Dyson Perrins C of E Academy attracted 13 teams from 12 different schools across the Worcestershire West district.
Last year, MSJ won the tournament without conceding a goal and repeated that feat with group wins against Malvern Wyche (3-0); Eldersfield ‘A’ (1-0); Kempsey (3-0); and Broadheath (3-0). They therefore finished the group with a record of played 4, won 4; goals for, 10; goals against, 0.
These results meant MSJ topped their group and faced Northleigh in the semi-final. MSJ dominated the game and created a number of very good chances but, mainly due to the performance of the Northleigh goalkeeper, were unable to score in either normal time or the additional ‘golden goal’ extra time. The resultant penalty shootout saw a number of unsuccessful attempts from both teams before two of MSJ’s team converted their kicks and the MSJ goalkeeper made a save to ensure a 2-1 penalties win.
The tournament final against Kempsey followed a similar pattern to the semi for the MSJ girls. Many chances to score went unconverted so the match was again decided by the taking of penalties. One of the MSJ team saved two of the Kempsey spot kicks, which meant that MSJ’s captain’s successful kick was enough to secure a win for MSJ.
Ian Fry, MSJ’s coach, was very proud of the girls’ performance. “Our girls played fantastically well in the group stages. The majority of the team are all new to playing football and I couldn’t be more proud of the way they played today. We are delighted to be district champions for the second successive year and to again have the opportunity to represent our district at the county tournament in the New Year.”
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