Prepara­tory School cel­e­brate with a dou­ble at the re­gion­als

U11s and U12s make it into na­tional fi­nals

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

How­ever, af­ter gain­ing con­fi­dence from a draw in their first game, Che­sham went on to win their next two 2-1 and 2-0. Next up were group lead­ers Fel­ton­fleet, who won nar­rowly 2-1, hav­ing had a goal dis­al­lowed.

Nev­er­the­less, they were into the quar­ter fi­nals, a fine achieve­ment for what was the small­est team present in terms of num­bers. There, they were up against Ea­gle House, a strong, ag­gres­sive and tena­cious side.

Af­ter a goal­less draw in which ev­ery Che­sham girl put their heart and soul on the line, the tie went to penalty shuf­fles, which they won, thus earn­ing the schools a first ever U12 na­tion­als place.

With the pres­sure off, Che­sham went on to win their se­mi0­fi­nal on penalty shuf­fles too, fol­low­ing a 2-2 draw, and the girls can now look for­ward to the na­tional.

Next up were the U11s, who started slowly with draws against Hoe Bridge, St Faiths and Lax­ton, but a 2-0 win over The Croft en­sured a pas­sage through to the quar­ter fi­nals.

There, they met the win­ners of the other pool, Mil­ton Keynes Prep, who were well drilled, con­fi­dent and fe­ro­cious, but the Che­sham girls played their hearts out, de­fend­ing end­less short cor­ners to earn a goal­less draw. And so to penalty shuf­fles again, and af­ter three shots each the scores were tied, mean­ing sud­den death. Af­ter Che­sham scored, their keeper saved the next Mil­ton Keynes ef­fort to put them through.

In the semis, a dis­al­lowed goal robbed Che­sham of a win, mean­ing the game went to penalty shuf­fles once more – and once more they held their nerve to book a place along­side the U12s at the na­tional fi­nals.

(Above) Che­sham Prep’s U11s and (above left) the U12s

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