Un­lucky United girls fall at the fi­nal Dutch hur­dle

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

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

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