Students play in the U14 Football County Cup final

Eleanor, Lucy and Ava reach coveted final with their Rushden and Diamonds teammates

On Sunday 12 May, three of our Year 9 footballers took to the pitch at Sixfields Stadium to play in the U14 County Cup Final. Eleanor J, Lucy H and Ava S play for AFC Rushden and Diamonds and have battled hard all season to reach the coveted final. The game took place in beautiful sunshine, in front of hundreds of spectators making for an excellent atmosphere.

Rushden and Diamonds had the stronger start, utilising the space out wide and creating a number of early chances. It seemed like only a matter of time before they took the lead when, against the run of play, Netherton kicked a long ball over the top, the ball was passed inside, and their number 9 slotted the ball home. To many of the spectators, the goal looked to be offside but without the support of VAR, the lineswoman declined to put up her flag and the goal stood!

Rushden and Diamonds continued to play better football; Ava demonstrated excellent speed which allowed her team to create attacking plays, Lucy performed solid tackles to regain possession and Eleanor worked tirelessly to support the defence and play the ball through the midfield, in the aim of clawing a goal back. Unfortunately, they were undone again before half time when a cross came into the box and was finished by the same striker for the opposition.

It was over 25 degrees in Northampton and this took its toll on both teams in the second half. Rushden and Diamonds continued to battle, never giving up, however Netherton’s direct football proved to be more effective and they scored a further two goals. It was a great standard of play and we are really proud of the girls, as they should be too!

A big congratulations to all three girls for making the final and playing some lovely football on the day. Congratulations also goes to Mrs Jenson who was given an award for being the team’s ‘Volunteer Of The Year’, the team is lucky to have you!


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