School Sport: Frances Bardsley win futsal title

PUBLISHED: 16:00 12 March 2015

Frances Bardsley girls' under-14 futsal team with the Essex Cup (pic: Ned Keating)

Frances Bardsley girls' under-14 futsal team with the Essex Cup (pic: Ned Keating)


Under-14s through to regional championships

Frances Bardsley School’s under-14 girls’ futsal team have won the Essex County FA championships after defeating Shenfield in the final at Sporthouse.

The two schools met in the first match of the group stage, but both were able to progress to the final of the tournament.

Frances Bardsley lost the Group B opener 2-0 to Shenfield, but rallied back in their next game to beat Barking Abbey 2-1.

The Romford school then won 2-1 against St Martin’s and defeated Sacred Hart 1-0 to finish second in the table and progress to the semi-finals.

They secured a 2-0 victory over Group A winners Notley to set up a rematch against Shenfield.

In a keenly fought final, Frances Bardsley were able to gain a measure of revenge by winning 2-1 to lift the cup.

Frances Bardsley teacher Sharon Chapman praised the effort of the team, who are managed by Chris Smallwood.

“The girls played really well and seemed to get better as the tournament went on. They stepped up to the plate in the semi and the final,” said Chapman.

“We thought we’d feature in the knockout stages, but we knew Shenfield would be our nemesis throughout.

“As a team they were excellent. Sophie Kelly, Lauren Banbridge and Isobel Plunkett were fantastic in getting the goals for us.”

By winning the tournament the girls have qualified for the Eastern Regional Championships later in the year alongside Shenfield.

Frances Bardsley finished second in that tournament last year and Chapman is looking to improve on that this year.

“We actually lost to Shenfield in the regional final last year, so we’re hoping to go one better and qualify for the national tournament.”

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