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ESFA Girls Under 14 PlayStation Inter County Trophy
Quarter final match report: Staffordshire v Kent. 11 January 2014
Venue: Stafford Town FC
A cold, bright January afternoon was set on fire by the meeting of Kent SFA and Staffordshire SFA in the quarter final of the PlayStation Schools’ Cup, with Staffordshire wishing to redeem themselves from last year’s narrow defeat on penalties. Both sides had previously won all of their games and one would lose their unbeaten record here.
Staffordshire started with the upper hand, applying pressure and creating some good chances within the first 5 minutes. A long ball from Anna King was played forward towards Harriet Wellings, who was brought down and a free kick was awarded. The free kick from Molly Bruton rattled the crossbar, but Sam Richards was there to follow up and fire home to give Staffordshire the lead.
As the first half progressed, Kent began to apply pressure, searching for an equaliser. Some good forward play between Miri Taylor, Ella Rutherford and Millie Isaac created an opening which was finished with a well struck shot from Ella Rutherford, putting the sides level as they went in for half time.
Both sides came out relishing the challenge, desperate to finish the game in normal time. Some good progress was made down both wings by Danielle Oxley and Ellie Bruton, putting in tricky crosses for the Kent back line to deal with.
Kent chased forward with a number of counter attacks which were strongly dealt with by Alex Buck and the Staffordshire back line.
Nearing the end of normal time Staffordshire kept the pressure on, retaining a large amount of possession. Shania Hayles was set free down the touchline, attempting to reach Siobhan Watson, Charlotte Freisner and Harriet Wellings waiting in the box. Some good saves from Kent’s Amelia Houghton Boyle kept the score tied approaching the last minutes, but the game wasn’t over yet!
A tough last ditch effort from Kent left Staffordshire to defend a corner in the last seconds which was cleared several times by a number of Staffordshire players.
With both sides not being able to find a winner in the game in normal time a repeat of last year’s semi-final was looming. Both sides battled hard through the final 20 minutes; however it was Kent who managed to score the crucial goal, which was unfortunate to go in despite Staffordshire keeper Hannah Hampton’s best efforts.
Staffordshire continued to press until the end with string of passes ending in a strong shot from Siobhan Watson which was tipped round the post by Amelia Houghton Boyle.
But to Kent’s relief the final whistle blew and though they were excited, yet they were gracious in their victory.
We wish Kent the Best of luck in the semi-final of the Sony PlayStation National cup and thank Stafford Town for the use of their excellent facilities, especially considering the previous week’s bad weather conditions.
Final Score: Staffordshire SFA 1- 2 Kent SFA