Shenfield High School

Shenfield's High Schools girls football  programme has enjoyed another memorable week with some key victories in big games over the last 10 days. The U14 girls first secured their place in the Essex county cup final following a  5-0 victory against Notley. The Shenfield girls will face Moulsham in the final in the hope to make it two successive county titles in as many years. However the girls have their eyes set on an even bigger prize as they also seek to progress to the later stages of the English Schools National Cup.

As the only school in Essex left in the girls national football competitions, Shenfield have proven a dominant force in the competition so far, scoring 25 goals in the last three rounds and producing some dazzling displays en route. Sharp shooting forwards Shannan Drewe and Ellen Hoad amongst the most frequent of scorers, the technically gifted group have scored no less than seven goals in every round of the competition so far, expanding hopes of following the footsteps of previous national cup winners at the school. Next in line was an eagerly anticipated tie against St Wilfrids school with a place in the national quarter finals at stake.

Shenfiels started the game at high tempo with Sophie Nyiro and Lucy Edmeades causing havoc down the wings. However St Wilfrids posed real threat with excellent attacking players. Sadie Kirrane produced a player of the match performance to nullify many good scoring opportunities and start attacking plays for her team. Shenfield's strength in depth told and they ran out 8-2 winners with goals spread amongst Ellen Hoad, Sophie Nyiro, Shannan Drewe and Chloe Eastwell.

This great win ensured a national cup quarter-final and the girls will hope to progress beyond a phase which has proven too big a hurdle for this group of players in the last 3 seasons. Team Coach Mr Rigg added, “The girls have made fantastic progress since last year when we were eliminated in the quarter finals. This year we have been playing some exciting football and have seen some fantastic performances from a range of players in the squad.”While the schools success within the under 14 group is staggering, it becomes further impressive when accompanied by success at under 15 level in the same competition. Having progressed through to round six, the under 15 girls continued their dominant run dispatching Warden Park Academy in a 6-2 win following goals from Drewe (3), Jackson, Garwood and Nyiro. They next face a familiar and talented Highworth Grammar school team who proved the better team in a close quarter final clash against our girls last season.With girls football thriving at the school and regular success on both a local and national scale, the school now hope to expand upon their current football academy provision by branching into a girls football academy in the coming years. Head of PE at the school Garry Sapsford noted that “With so many talented young girls playing at the school already, it provides us with an excellent opportunity and foundation to attract top players in the area for the academical programme at sixth form level in years to come”.Whatever the future for Shenfield's female footballers, the school remain proud of the unrivalled accomplishments this season, with students and staff alike hopeful of securing yet another national title to add to a fine collection of 10 titles in the last 14 years.