Castle Rushen clinched Isle of Man Football Association Girls’ Senior Secondary School Tournament recently.
It completed an impressive set of victories for this group of players after previous successes at junior and intermediate levels.
Both Ballakermeen and Castle Rushen excelled in the group stages with each team counter-attacking quickly which led to numerous chances being created.
St Ninian’s looked solid in defence thanks to captain Charlotte Fisher but failed to find the finishing touch despite some excellent attacking play. Their charge to the semi-finals was damaged by a defeat to Douglas rivals Ballakermeen and a goalless draw with Ramsey Grammar.
The latter, along with QEII, struggled in the group stage despite heroic defensive displays from goalkeepers Jess Swales (RGS) and Alannah Downey (QEII).
So the stage was set for the semi-finals which saw group winners Castle Rushen play Ramsey Grammar and an all- Douglas tie in the other semi.
Both games were very tight with only a late Castle Rushen goal being the difference in the north v south semi.
However, both Douglas defences were on top which meant neither side could break the deadlock in normal or extra time leading to the dreaded penalties.
Ballakermeen kept their cool to edge out St Ninian’s and set up a date in the final with the southern school.
The final was a one-sided affair as Castle Rushen had too much for Ballakermeen despite impressive displays from Corinthians duo Chloe Fick and Melissa Bell.
It was the eventual player of the tournament Sarah Wignall who continued to shine in the final by spraying the ball around the pitch.
It was from a number of these passes that Castle Rushen managed to find the back of the net five times to be crowned Senior Girls champions.
IoMFA women and girls development officer, Michael Baker, thanked those involved adding: ‘I am hugely grateful for the support of the female PE staff at the schools who have brought 23 teams to the last three school tournaments, allowing the girls to compete against their peers from around the island.
‘It is hoped that the girls go on to further their football experience within local female teams or at a number of upcoming IoMFA initiatives specifically for women and girls.’
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