NO REPORT SUBMITTED:
Forest v Queenswood
Queenswood v St. James
St James v Forest
NO REPORT SUBMITTED:
Notting Hill & Ealing v King Alfred
In perfect weather conditions for football ACS Cobham started strongly but somewhat against the run of play Kings College Taunton broke down the left and from the resulting cross Cobham's Jasmijn Peters sliced her clearance off the post for a spectacular own goal. Kings were buoyed by this and with Clara Otterling off the pitch with a thigh strain, looked to be gaining control. Otterling returned and despite being handicapped fired in the equaliser as her long shot skidded off the surface and past the King's keeper. Half time was reached with the sides deadlocked at 1-1. In the second half the play was end to end and Cobham were thwarted repeatedly by the Kings defence superbly marshalled by Grace White. Midway through the half Cobham went ahead from a goalmouth melee as Tatiana Saavedra Delgado bundled the ball home. Kings now searched for an equaliser with Katie Beale orchestrating most of the attacks. Cobham held firm and with 10 minutes left Otterling, the outstanding player in the match, cut past two defenders and rifled in a superb cross shot to give Cobham a welcome cushion. Kings went to three at the back and into all-out attack but then conceded a fourth in the dying minutes as Isabelle Erlinger scored from close in. The match was played in wonderful spirit and a great advert for the U15 National Cup.
After overnight and morning rain the match was played on a heavy pitch with a discernible slope. The first half was incredibly close as both ACS Cobham and Millfield attacked from the off. For Millfield, Clarissa Jackson was prominent and she orchestrated most of the their attacking play. Midway through the half she combined with the Millfield left winger, who was very quick and from her resulting cross Millfield took the lead as the Cobham keeper was beaten by a powerful high shot. Cobham responded and Tatiana Saavedra Delgado squandered a great chance after being put in on goal. She shortly made amends when Catherine Cockerham bundled the ball forward from a corner and she pounced to tie the match up. The Cobham keeper Laurelai Vergien held on well to a deflected shot and then minutes before the break Cobham took the lead when Keara Kierstead picked up the ball on the left, angled in on goal and her low left foot shot bounced in off the far post. Unfortunately Millfield were without their best two players after the interval. This was a major turning point as Cobham, now with the slope in their favour dominated the second half scoring five goals through Otterling (2), Simson, DeTrask and Mowry.
SEASON 2018-19 GIRLS U18 & U15 NATIONAL TOURNAMENT
ISFA have confirmed details for the 2018/19 season girls U18 & U15 national tournaments, including a brand new U15 girls national cup and changes to the existing U18 girls national cup. In 2018/19 ISFA will run a 11v11 national cup and a 7v7 national tournament for both U18s (Y11-13) and U15s (Y9-10) as part of its commitment to growing independent schools girls football.
In addition to the new U15 girls cup being launched, there is also a huge change to the format of the U18 girls cup for the 2018/19 season, with a ‘champions league’ style format replacing the existing knockout cup format.
Changes to the Girls U18 National Cup:
- Knockout cup format replaced with a ‘Champions League’ style format with a round robin group stage taking place between 1st October 2018 and 15th February 2019, leading to semi-finals and final for the respective group winners.
- Schools allocated a group based on geographical location.
- During the group stages schools play each other once (home and away fixtures will be determined by ISFA and will alternate year by year). Fixtures will be released by ISFA with schools responsible for agreeing a date for that fixture and notifying ISFA.
- Please note the new Girls U15 National Cup will follow the same format as this (number of entries permitting).
Reasons for the changes:
- As part of ISFAs commitment to growing and developing girls football the ISFA looked at ways of improving the current girls cup to provide more matches and encourage more schools to enter.
- Recent seasons have seen a number of schools enter the competition but not fulfil matches, resulting in some schools only playing a couple of games prior to reaching the final.
- By introducing a group stage opening round ISFA will provide a minimum number of matches for all participating schools, regardless of results, and provide schools with multiple matches against a variety of strength of opposition.
- By introducing regional group stages we are hopeful that this will see stronger links and relationships develop between schools playing girls football in local areas.
- A key strength of independent schools boys football is the tradition of the block fixtures, and we hope in time that this format could support the development of girls football block fixtures.