Park U15 Girls are Devon Champions!

Park U15 Girls are Devon Champions!

Written by Mr King, PE Technician

On Thursday 25th April Park U15 Girls took on Sir John Hunt Community Sports College in the final of the Devon Cup. Park finished 2nd in the qualifying tournament beating teams from across Devon on route to the final. 

The girls put in two weeks of hard work before the final, playing friendlies against Park boys and girls teams, ready for the moment they took the pitch at Devon FA HQ.

When kick off arrived the teams took to the pitch side by side. As they lined up to shake hands the team sheets were read aloud on the tannoy around the ground. 

Park started well, passing the ball around with confidence. The early possession eventually paid off as Violet Hill managed to create a few yards of space and let rip a strike from distance that flew past the keeper putting Park 1 – 0 up. 

Park’s midfield dominance continued towards the later stages of the first half, Eliza Wells , Edith Horrell, Amelia Reed & Olivia Boulton dominated the middle of the pitch, keeping Park on the front foot. Violet soon after pounced on a through ball and neatly slotted home the second. Park 2 – 0 up.

The game was very even after this, SJH grew into the game and their number 9 caused a few problems for Park. SJH got very lucky with a lumped clearance that dropped behind the Park defence, resulting in a free cross and an easy finish for SJH. 

Half Time 2- 1 Park.

The finish line was in sight as the whistle blew for the second half but it was clear that fatigue was starting to impact the Park girls. Despite this, the group rallied together competing for every ball like their lives depended on it. A crazy moment of football led to both teams scoring again. Violet with another to complete her hat trick. 3 – 2 Park. 

SJH grabbed an equaliser not long before the full time whistle, Park had chances, the best a well worked move involving Scarlet Rose, and Amelia Reed led to a shot well saved from the SJH keeper.

3 – 3 Full time.

The dreaded penalties were up next, penalties scored by Khloe Reed, Amelia Boulton and three saves by Chloe Banagan were only enough to send the team to knockout penalties. Both teams had no luck with their first two, two more vital saves by Chloe Banagan kept Park in the game. SJH stepped up for their 8th penalty….saved by Chloe again!!! Not only did Chloe save the final SJH penalty she bravely stepped up and scored the winner for Park. A moment of individual brilliance that will forever be remembered by myself and Mr Phillips, and the entire Park U15 squad.

Special mentions to the captain Amelia Reed who led by example throughout the competition. Additionally all players in the squad not mentioned in the report, everyone contributed to achieving this trophy, they all supported when not playing and gave their all on the pitch.