Unlucky United girls fall at the final Dutch hurdle
DENHAM United U15s did superbly well to reach the final of the Holland Easter Open – but went down all guns blazing at the last hurdle.
The event, a two-day international youth football tournament, attracted teams from all across Europe, and Denham got off to a flier, beating JVC Cuijk 3-0 and SV Lopik and Snekkersten 4-0.
The following day saw 3-0 wins over Bluaw Geek, Naestved IF and JVC Cujik to set up a final against last year’s winners, FC Stedoco which, with time running out and no goals scored, looked like it would be decided by penalties.
But a lucky break saw their opponents take the lead and as Denham threw everything forward in search of an equaliser, the Dutch side grabbed their second with the last kick of the game.
However, it was still the furthest any English club had ever got in that age group.
The Denham girls were Gracie Perkis, Kodi Spencer, Annie Walsh, Chloe Smith, Charlotte Parrett, Katie Akerman, Reanna Isaacs, Maddie Vilday, Alketa Rragami, Yasmin Garcia, Brogan Moore, Anaisa Harney and Kayleigh Currivan.
Back at home, goals from Amy Holdcroft, Niamh Reynolds and Nicole Leys saw the U14s hold Spurs to a 3-3 draw, but the U11s lost to the same opponents, despite a great display from keeper Charlotte Gaffney. The senior side also went down 3-2 to a last-gasp Crystal Palace winner.
Denham United U15s