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Youth sport - football: Cherries' Broadstone girls team are Wembley winners
BROADSTONE Middle School pupil Molly Pike put in a captain’s performance to lead her side to the Football League Girls Cup title with a 1-0 victory at Wembley Stadium.
The Year Eight student scored a stunning long-range strike in the second half of Sunday’s final against northern area winners Thomas Telford to secure the trophy for the school’s under-13 side, who were chosen to represent AFC Bournemouth in the national event.
Thomas Telford were representing Shrewsbury Town, while the match was played ahead of Peterborough’s 3-1 win over Chesterfield in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
“It was an amazing experience and I still can’t believe we have won,” Molly said after the game.
“When I first came through the tunnel I was like, wow! When I got onto the pitch I was so nervous but when I started playing the nerves were gone. I just can’t believe it still.”
Head of the AFC Bournemouth Community Sports Trust, Steve Cuss, accompanied the girls throughout their cup run and was delighted to see them lift the trophy at Wembley.
“It’s been a fantastic journey and one that started way back before Christmas, with a local competition run between all the schools in Bournemouth,” he said.
Broadstone (Cherries) saw off competition from Watford, Gillingham and Cheltenham on their way to the final and went through the whole of the regional and southern area finals without conceding a goal.
“The girls travelled up on Saturday and stayed in a hotel overnight,” Cuss added. “We’ve been on a tour of Wembley and the Football League have really looked after us well.”
Team manager Luke Simpson added: “To be able to walk up the famous Wembley steps to collect a winner’s medal will live long in all the girls’ memories.
“It was an unbelievable experience for players, staff and parents.”
Broadstone Middle School: Kayla Rendell Abigail O'Hare, Mollie Pike, Ella Wright, Charley-Rae Everett, Katie Scadding, Aimee-Rose Collier and Lucie Donnelly.
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