Fantastic season for girls’ football

Fantastic season for girls’ football

Malton schools U14 girls’ football team have had another outstanding year on the pitch, even managing to surpass last season’s achievements.

In the first of four competitions entered this season, the girls travelled to Caedmon school in Whitby on a cold November day to participate in the Whitby & Ryedale Schools District Tournament. The girls won 5 out of 5 matches, scoring 17 goals and conceding 0, retaining their trophy from the 2016/17 season.

In February the team faced Graham school of Scarborough in the final of the Whitby & Ryedale District Knockout Cup, after beating Caedmon and George Pinder School on the way to the final. Malton were the current holders of this trophy, after victory against Scalby school last season, and were in no mood to pass the trophy on. The match finished 4-0 to Malton, with Graham proving worthy opponents on the day.

In the English Schools FA National Cup, the girls bettered their third round exit last year, and progressed through the quarter finals round, after impressive victories against schools from Ryedale, York, Leeds and Middlesborough. Playing away to Rossett of Harrogate, the girls were narrowly beaten 2-1 in a match that they controlled for large parts. A great achievement to be one of the last 8 teams nationally from an opening round of over 250 schools, but the girls were hugely disappointed on the day.

The final competition of the season saw Malton v Rossett going head to head again, this time in the North Yorkshire School County Cup final. After tasting defeat in the final of this competition in 2015/16, and success in 2016/17, the Malton girls were determined to not only retain their trophy, but also to settle a score with Rosset after the disappointment of the National Cup result. Malton were dominant throughout the game, limiting Rossett to only two chances. However it was Rossett who struck first, taking advantage of a defensive mix up and scoring from close range. This really put the fire into the Malton girls and they pressed furiously for an equaliser, which came with 5 minutes of normal time remaining. The game progressed into extra time. With both teams running out of steam and unable to break the deadlock, the match had to be decided on penalties. Malton won the toss and took full advantage, converting the first kick and placing pressure on Rossett. Although these were no highlight reel penalties, Malton secured success with the end result Malton 2-1 Rossett.

A fantastic season for the girls. Well done.

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