Sussex Catholic Primary Schools Football Cup
The third annual Sussex Catholic Primary Schools Cup 6, a side competition took place on Wednesday afternoon at a very sunny Culver Road, Lancing, headquarters of Sussex FA and the home ground of Brighton and Hove Albion Ladies. The eight girls (Reeha, Kyah, Ruby, Madison, Flo, Eva, Caitlin, Amelie (captain)) had not had much opportunity to practice their football, so we went with a positive attitude and an expectation of a fun day, and great excitement to be playing at the home ground of Brighton ladies. On arrival the girls ate their lunch in the stands and started to take in the lovely atmosphere and were very keen to warm up on the 3G pitch. The prayer for sport set out the spirit of the competition and a respect for all competitors.
The first game against English Martyrs (the eventual winners of the girls cup), saw a loss of 4-0. The girls were incredibly supportive of each other and Amelie took on captains role and gave lots of encouragement and support to all of the team. Caitlin was strong in defence and stopped the score line being higher, as did Amelie in goal. The girls unknowingly learnt from this game and went into the second game against St Francis of Assisi knowing what to expect from the whistle. This game was more end to end and the girls enjoyed being in the attacking half of the pitch. Eva, Flo, Reeha and Ruby were strong in the middle of the pitch and Madison gave a strong defensive performance. The opposition scored two goals but again the girls took a lot from the game and were happy with the improved goal deficit. Sacred Heart was the third six minute game to be played and the Towers girls were delighted when the final whistle blew and the score line was 0-0. The girls had battled well and this meant that they had scored some points from the no score draw. Towers faced St Peters Red in the fourth game and the confidence from the girls was evident to see. Kyah unleashed a shot from just outside the area and the ball hit the back of the net with great force. The remainder of the game was very tense but with under a minute to go Kyah again shot from a distance with great power and scored her second goal. The final whistle blew and the girls celebrated together, it was a pleasure to see the delight on their faces. The final game of the day against St Peters Blue saw another 0-0 draw.
When the results were given out, Towers had finished fourth out of six teams. The fabulous afternoon had been an enjoyable experience and the girls had so much fun. The competition was so well organised and a perfect platform to play competitive football against other like-minded schools, with so much being taken from the day. I expressed how proud I was of the girls and the journey back to school on the mini bus was full of singing, joy and a buzz of what had been a fantastic experience.