National semi-final awaits for St Ivo School side

The St Ivo School Under 14 girls team are, back row left to right, Darren Marjoram (coach), Lauren M

The St Ivo School Under 14 girls team are, back row left to right, Darren Marjoram (coach), Lauren Mellors, Emma Mellors, Nell Webber, Sophie Marjoram, Sophie Tarpey, Elle Jefferson , Katherine Speed, Ellie Brown, Lisa Trigg (coach), front row, Abby Townsend, Zoe Barratt, Alice Claridge, Caitlin McGeown, Ellen Bullin, Aimee Best, Casey Norman. - Credit: Archant

The St Ivo School Under 14 girls team have reached a national semi-final.

The talented local pupils booked their place in the English Schools Football Association (ESFA) Under 14 PlayStation Schools’ Cup with a 3-2 victory against Moulsham High School, from Chelmsford, in the last eight.

Katherine Speed hit two of the St Ivo goals before Elle Jefferson clinched their passage with a late strike.

They will now host either Hanham Woods Academy of Bristol or Ruislip High School, Hillingdon, in the last four.

The Under 13 girls could also progress to the semi-finals. They have a home quarter-final tie against Stanley Park High School, Sutton to come.

And the Under 12 girls team made an emphatic start to their national challenge with a 10-0 victory at Burgoyne Middle School in Bedfordshire.

The St Ivo Under 12 boys side bowed out at the last 16 of their competition. Kieran Thomas hit a consolation goal in a 6-1 loss at the Wigston Academy in Leicestershire.