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Under 13's are Tournament Champions

Under 13s Champions 2021Parkside U13’s entered the EFL Girls Cup, a popular football tournament held at West Bromwich Albion Training Ground.

The group stages consisted of 21 teams which were divided into groups of four. There were many goals scored by Parkside and they played some incredible football, beating St George Salter 2-0 and George Dixon 3-2 with fantastic link-up play between Maddie Miles and Maya Roberts who executed some brilliant finishes, scoring five goals. The girls only conceded one goal from Ormiston Forge Academy who beat them 1-0, meaning they finished second in their group sailing through to the quarter finals.

It was an extremely tough battle against Wood Green Academy, two very strong footballing sides and after full-time, despite many shots on target, neither team were able to score past their opponents. This led to sudden death penalties which would be the decider! Maddie Miles as a dutiful Captain, stepped up and was brave enough to take the first penalty and the pressure didn’t faze her as she drilled the ball straight into the bottom left corner. Up next the Wood Green keeper placed the ball down ready for her penalty and struck it straight past our keeper making it 1-1. Tension was mounting for Maya Roberts as she placed the ball down ready to take her penalty, but, she picked out her spot and had no problem delivering; BAM! The ball shot to the bottom right corner and the keeper had no chance of getting to it in time. Parkside now had the upper hand, and it was our keeper's moment to shine with her gloves. As Wood Green’s striker hit the ball, her fast reaction time, coupled with her excellent goal keeping ability saw her dive across the floor, saving Wood Green’s shot and securing us a place in the semi-final.

Parkside couldn’t believe their luck when they drew Ormiston Forge in the semi-final, they had been defeated by this team previously in the group stages and were determined to prove they were the stronger side. Parkside passed the ball, showcasing some excellent phases of play and battled their hearts out, particularly Bella Martin who had her work cut out for her man to man marking, not only a quick-paced but very skilful midfielder. Parkside’s impressive chain of passes allowed them to keep possession, to which a perfect pass was laid off to Maddison Miles, who with her quick feet turned a player and BOOM smashed the ball straight into the back of the net securing them a place into the final.

Other schools gathered around to watch a very heated final against Ipsley School Academy. Both teams were hungry for the win and Maddie Miles and Maya Roberts tested Ipsley’s keeper on many occasions shooting at every opportunity at all angles. Parkside kept possession well and the link up play between defence and midfield saw the ball passed out wide to Ruby Brett who executed the perfect strike, which could only be described as a rocket, straight into the back of the net, crowning us champions with a 1-0 victory.

Each and every one of the girls deserved the win due to their hard work, determination and team efforts. They all worked hard to win their individual battles as well as working collectively as a team. Parkside U13’s now have the privilege of representing WBA in another tournament in the Regional Finals to try and make their way to the National’s and perhaps the opportunity to play at Wembley.