Girls Football Club are off to the National Finals
The Girls Football Club has been enjoying great success this year and their progress has been amazing. However, we still did not predict the girl's outstanding performance when they visited Ardingly College in Sussex for the ISFA Nationals South East Tournament on Friday 11th May.
The tournament involved 12 schools with the winners and runners-up qualifying for the National Finals at England’s headquarters – St George’s Park.
First opponents were Farringtons and despite a dominant performance, Blackheath Prep could not find the back of the net as they started the tournament with a 0-0 draw. The girls were slow to get going in their second game but eventually got the goal needed to beat Ardingly College Bs for a 1-0 win. Portsmouth Grammar School were next and Blackheath Prep knew a draw would guarantee them a place in the semi-finals.
In this match Blackheath Prep were on top from the start and some fantastic attacking football saw them win 3-0 and top the group on goal difference. The girls were through to the semi-finals and our supporters could not contain their excitement as the team faced a very strong side from the tournament hosts, Ardingly College. Ardingly played some impressive football but the girls showed just how strong they are defensively to keep their opponents at bay. Just when it looked like the game was heading for penalties it was Blackheath Prep who found themselves in on goal and a shot in off the post saw wild celebrations on (and off!) the pitch. The girls conceded their first goal of the day in the final, as they went down 1-0 to Royal Russell (last year’s National Champions), but the aim of qualifying for the finals had already been achieved.
I am so proud of every one of the girls this year, their progress has been astonishing and they have absolutely earned their day out at St George’s Park on Tuesday 26th June. Congratulations girls!