Football Tournament @Yeovil FC

Court Fields were one of over 25 talented schools from all over the South West who made the journey to Yeovil FC on Friday, knowing that the winners would represent their school and Yeovil Town FC in the EFL Schools Cup this year. The EFL Schools Cup Final will be played at Wembley. Court Fields were drawn in Group 1 which consisted of 9 teams, with only the top two going through. The girls did exceptionally well in the group stages, managing to top their group and go through to the quarter finals where they met Selwood (Frome). The quarter final was a pretty one-sided affair with Court Fields showing their class and taking an early lead through Kenzie. However, Selwood’s goalkeeper was having a fantastic game and managed to keep them in the game. In the last minute of the game Court Fields were caught napping and allowed Selwood into score with a good long-range strike. Penalties followed and through some fantastic saves from Bathan in the Court Fields goal, they progressed to the Semi Finals.

In the semi-finals they met last year’s winners Budmouth College (Weymouth). The semi- final was an end-to-end game with neither side being able to break down each other in normal time and it was a penalty shootout yet again (just when Mr Conway’s heart rate had just returned to normal from the previous shootout). However, the girls kept their nerve and yet again Bethan pulled off some great saves to send last year’s winner home and put Court Fields into the final against Preston School (Yeovil). The final was an end-to-end game played at an extremely high intensity. Both teams had very good chances, only to be thwarted by two excellent goalkeepers. With one minute remaining and penalties looming yet again, Kenzie went through on goal and stuck the ball in the top corner…1-0 in the final to Court Fields. The girls held off the last Preston attack and the full time whistle signalled a fantastic win for the girls and Court Fields School. More important than the win was the fantastic attitude all the girls showed and how proud they were to represent Court Fields. The girls will now go through to represent Court Fields and Yeovil Town FC in the Southern Finals Tournament where a place at Wembley is at stake. Well done girls, a very proud coach and Head of Year.

Team: Bethan, Tenika, Halle, Ella, Amber, Kenzie, Charlotte, Emily