The fabulous female footballers of St Ivo School are celebrating another national triumph.
Their Under 14 girls team captured the ESFA Under 14 PlayStation Schools’ Cup amid an avalanche of goals yesterday (Tuesday).
They saw off Harrogate opponents Rossett School 7-1 in a showpiece clash staged at St George’s Park, the national football centre, to follow up their triumph at Under 13 level last year.
Six of those strikes came in the second period with five of them arriving during the final 10 minutes as St Ivo’s superior pace and quality came to the fore.
They were actually behind for much of the first half until Tia Everdell hit a high-class leveller with a free-kick.
She was denied further goals by two fine saves and Lucy O’Brien was thwarted on the stroke of half-time.
O’Brien did succeed in finding the net six minutes into the second half to ease St Ivo ahead for the first time, but they survived a major scare seconds later as Rossett hit the bar with a free-kick.
St Ivo had to wait until the closing stages to turn their dominance into a match-winning advantage as O’Brien completed her hat-trick with two accomplished solo strikes before Everdell rifled in another exquisite effort.
Angel Lyden was gifted a deserved goal in the final minute by a goalkeeping fumble before substitute Lana Dobbie struck deep into stoppage time to apply further gloss to an emphatic success.
“This fantastic win showcases the talent, energy, drive and commitment of our players,” said delighted St Ivo boss Lisa Trigg.
“They put so many hours into training and have been rewarded for the absolute dedication they display.
“To be national champions for the second year running is amazing for a school from a small town like St Ives.
“I could not be more proud of the girls’ achievement, more thankful to the families who have supported us, or more grateful to Darren Marjoram, who has again been a huge help with coaching.”
St Ivo squad: Zoe Barratt (captain), Aimee Best, Sasha Brown, Ellen Bullin, Alice Claridge, Maddie Claridge, Lana Dobbie, Poppy Dunmore, Tia Everdell, Ella Hampton, Angel Lyden, Caitlin McGeown, Lucy O’Brien, Abby Townsend, Erin Waterman, Charly Woolstenholmes.