Girls' Football: U13 ISA Football Festival, Ascot
On Tuesday, DoK School took two teams to the ISA Football Festival held at LVS Ascot School. After a good warm up, both teams were ready to play their first group game.
The U13 girls had a few very close few games in their group with a highlight being Tilly C scoring a cracking goal! Their third match was against Shoreham, the eventual runners up of the cup competition, it was a tough game but the girls showed great determination and were kept out by some fine goal keeping with both Millie W-D shots being tapped over the crossbar. The U13s went into the shield competition and this was when they came into their own!! The semi-final was another close game, with a Alex K scoring a cracking penalty due to a hand ball in the box, DoK School thought they had the game in the bag. However, a late break from the other team lead to an equaliser so the game had to go to penalties! Luckily, the U13s had practised some penalties throughout the morning so goalie Jasmine K was ready! She managed to save 4 of the 5 penalties sending DoK School into the final! It was another thriller game, with an unreal goal from Millie W-D and some excellent defence from Maddie I, Frankie M and Macy B. The U13s managed to win the game 1-0 and bag themselves some goal medals!!!
Congratulations to all the girls involved and a huge well done for the exceptional behaviour they showed throughout the day. All the girls were a brilliant asset to the school, Miss Vickers and Mr Southee were very proud!
The U15 team fared a little better in their group, conceding only four goals to strong teams who topped the group. This meant that of their five group games, the dominant defence of Zoe in goal (fearless and cat like with her reflexes) and Issy F (tenacious and covering more ground than a migrating Caribou) and Daisy K (tireless and strong) in front of her, kept two clean sheets. The highlight came in the form of a wonder strike by Poppy S, firing across the keeper into the side netting - inch perfect. The midfield engines of Hannah S, Alice S and Kiki B (who suffered an injury later on but valiantly supported the team), along with Poppy, ran themselves into the ground in the quest for goals and supporting the back three.
The clean sheets continued in the semi-finals and final. The semi-final was decided after sudden death penalties after Zoe made a last gasp save in the dying seconds to take it to penalties in the first place. Then came the Trophy Final. After her endeavours up top, Laura S, grabbed her moment of glory with a fine strike into the roof of the net to bring the trophy home.
Miss Vickers and Mr Southee