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Youth sport - football: Key roles for Dorset trio in England's triumphs
THREE Dorset schoolgirls have been presented with their international caps having represented England with distinction during an unbeaten season of success.
Jasmine Hughes, Charlotte Johnson and Kelly Snook all played a significant part in the English Schools FA under-15 Girls squad which lifted the coveted Bob Docherty Trophy – contested by six countries – and shared the TSB Trophy.
They received their mementos from featuring in the most successful England Schools under-15 squad so far following their final match at the home of Scottish football, Hampden Park, Glasgow.
The trio were initially called up in December last year following a series of regional trials and had their first outing in early January.
Bournemouth-based winger Jasmine and versatile midfielder Kelly, who lives near Wimborne joined goalkeeper Charlotte, from Bridport, and the rest of the squad for a training camp in Barcelona in February where they kicked off with wins in warm-up games against two Norwegian sides.
They returned to the UK for their final friendly in which Republic of Ireland were trounced 8-0 at Maidstone United with Bournemouth School for Girls student Jasmine netting in the second half.
Competitive action began for the girls in the Bob Docherty Trophy, played at Repton School, Derbyshire, where England pro-gressed through the qualify-ing stage with dramatic sudden-death penalty shoot-out win following a 2-2 draw with Scotland.
Goalkeeper Charlotte, who also plays at the Somerset FA Girls Centre of Excellence, was the heroine with three saves from six Scottish spot kicks to set up a rematch with Republic of Ireland in the final, which England won 2-0.
Their season was rounded off with a one-off TSB Trophy match against Scotland which ended in a 1-1 draw. With no extra-time or penalties in the competition, the silverware was shared.
It was the second time Queen Elizabeth’s School student Kelly had been honoured with an England cap having played her part in the squad last season.
Both Kelly and Jasmine also play at the Hampshire FA Girls Centre of Excellence.
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