Girls Football Club - South East Champions
Girls Football Club has been going from strength to strength this season and they faced by far their biggest test on Friday 10th May, when they made the journey down to Ardingly College for the ISFA South East Regional Qualifiers.
After finishing runners up in this tournament last year, the girls knew a run to the final would once again grant them a spot at the National Finals and a fantastic trip to St George’s Park.
The tournament had grown substantially from last year, with 14 schools now competing for the top two spots. Blackheath had the toughest of opponents to start. Royal Russell were runners up in the Nationals last year and had won it in the year before. However, Blackheath showed just how far they have come on as a team with a resounding 3-0 victory.
A 0-0 draw with St Cedds was to follow before the girls got back to winning ways with a 1-0 win over Great Walstead. Thomas’ Battersea were the other team who started strong in Group B and in a crunch match to decide top spot, it was Blackheath who came out 2-0 winners in a hugely entertaining contest.
Convincing wins over Radnor House and Farringtons followed, as Blackheath topped the group with an impressive 16 points. So just like last year, all that stood between Blackheath and another trip to St George’s Park was Ardingly College. This time though there was no doubt who was going through to the final as Blackheath scored three quick goals to secure their place in the final.
Lambrook were the opponents in the final. They had also gone through the tournament undefeated and with both teams now guaranteed a spot at the National Finals, all attention turned the fight to be crowned South East champions.
An early mistake from Blackheath saw Lambook open the scoring but the girls showed amazing resilience to battle back and score late on to force penalties. A few nervy moments later and it was Blackheath who kept their composure best to go one step further and claim the title of South East champions!
This is an absolutely amazing achievement for the girls who are now working hard to train for the finals in June.