1 July 2019
Stamford High School U13 girls football team become national champions after competing in the Independent Schools Football Association’s National Cup Finals at St George’s Park on 22nd May. The National Cup Finals saw Stamford High School compete against 11 schools from across the country for the ISFA National Cup with high-quality football played across the board.
The Stamford U13 team started strong with some very impressive play in the early stages; winning Group A with 10 points and only 1 loss from 5 games, resulting in them progressing through to the semi-finals. The semi-final saw the Stamford girls play against a solid Cheadle Hulme team with nothing separating the two teams in the first half and opportunities missed by both sides. Stamford remained focused and a well-worked piece of play resulted in a free kick being awarded in the final 2 minutes of the game. I.Philby stepped up to the challenge, with the team’s fortune in her hands, she hit the ball cleanly into the top right corner of the goal getting Stamford through to the final with a 1-0 win.
In the final Stamford faced a very strong Nottingham High who had dominated their games throughout the qualifying stages. Stamford started strong and pressed the opposition with an early goal from E.Baker putting the team at ease. The girls continued to work hard for each other and found their flow with another superb goal from I.Philby leaving them 2-0 up at half-time. Following a short break the girls continued to play well with their confidence growing and another two goals slotted in by E.Baker and I.Philby, leaving the full-time score 4-0 to Stamford High School and gaining the title of 2019 ISFA National Champions.
Stamford High School Football coach and PE teacher, Zoe Leddy, commented: ‘Special mentions go to E.Baker and I.Philby who both left the tournament as joint top goal-scorers with a very impressive 6 goals each and also P.Steen who did a sterling job in goal throughout the tournament. Well done to all.’
Team: P.Steen, E.Smith (Captain), I.Sargent, R.Sumner, M.Sinfield, C.Hindmarch, I.Philby (Vice-Captain), P.Anson, L.Carroll and E.Baker.
Pictured (from left to right): E.Baker, I.Philby