Having come top two in the Surrey County Cup, the Under 12 Girls had their place in the South Cup, the top two teams of which would progress to National Finals.
We won all three of our group matches without conceding a goal. A very comfortable opening 3-0 win over Buckingham was followed by a rather more nervy 1-0 win over Epsom, whose keeper made two or three outstanding saves to keep them in it for a long period. We finished off with a 3-0 win over Wallingford.
In the quarter final we managed to give ourselves a scare letting Sunbury get in behind to take the lead, but after a nervy 5 minutes we ran out fairly comfortable 3-1 winners. Reading in the semis were, not surprisingly, the best team we played up to that point, but the squad rallied after Siena’s injury to win 2-0 and progress to yet another tournament final against Surbiton.
A few injuries left us a bit light of the task against Surbiton, who ran out deserved 3-0 winners in the final, but we live to fight another day and could easily find ourselves toe-to-toe with them again in a month.
Across the day they played like we all know they can and thoroughly deserve their chance in the Nationals. Best of luck at Beeston on Saturday, 14th May!!