SHS Girls are National Football Champions
On Monday 30th April, the U18 girls football team travelled to Borehamwood (home of Arsenal Ladies) to challenge reigning champions ACS Cobham in the ISFA National Cup Final. After two unsuccessful attempts in the previous two years where they finished as runners up in the competition, the girls - lead by their captain Lauren Rigby - were determined to put their hands on the trophy and won the match 2-0.
The game started with the two sides looking evenly matched and composed for the first 15 to 20 minutes, but Stamford grew in confidence as the half progressed and started to dictate the game. They created several half chances to finally open the score on the 27th minute with a fantastic 20 yards left footed shot from Emma Couzens. Having survived a late ACS Cobham strike which hit the crossbar, the girls retreated to the dressing room for half-time.
The second half saw Stamford increase their domination, with Abbie Brewin and Lauren Rigby constantly harassing the ACS Cobham defence and coming close to doubling the score on several occasions. Meanwhile the back four, inspired by the very impressive Maria Davies and Annissa Zak, neutralised any attempts from the opposition to get back into the game.
The second goal came 12 minutes before the end of the match, when Hannah Brewis latched onto a fantastic through ball from Beth Carnegie to escape the last defenders and beat the keeper from close range. The last ten minutes felt like an eternity, with a vast amount of chewing gum and fingernails being consumed in the dugouts. Eventually ACS Cobham never managed to trouble Hannah Paish in the Stamford goal and the final whistle was greeted by cheers from the accompanying SHS parents and staff.
The girls have fought hard to reach and win the final, beating Wellingborough (Wellingborough 1 Stamford 6), Uppingham (Stamford 4-Uppingham 1), Oakham (Oakham 0 Stamford 3) and Welbeck Defence College (Welbeck Defence College 0 Stamford 4) along the way.
Heidi Myles, Head of Games at Stamford High School, said “The girls put on a fantastic performance and fully deserved to lift the trophy for the first time. They worked tremendously hard throughout the season to reach the final and have taken football at Stamford High School to new heights.”