Female footballers at March school suffer English Schools FA Cup extra-time heartbreak

FEMALE footballers at Neale-Wade Community College suffered extra-time heartbreak as they bowed out of the English Schools FA Cup at the quarter-final stage.

The school’s talented under-15s side lost 2-1 to Kennet School from Newbury at the GER last Monday. Neale-Wade started slowly, conceding an early goal but gradually grew into the game and equalised through Georgia Thorpe.

Eilish Brown’s stunning late free-kick nearly secured a deserved victory but her fine effort cannoned back off the crossbar.

Neale-Wade continued to dominate the game during extra-time but Kennet snuck a late winner against the run of play.

Coach Dave Kenning praised the girls efforts and hoped to gain some consolation by winning the county cup for the third year in a row.

Neale-Wade: Dani Westgate, Jade Anderson, Alana Sugden, Danielle Croucher, Rosie Coe, Eilish Brown, Frances Peeling, Aimee Wilson, Heather Nicholls, Georgia Thorphe, Abbie Loosemore, Emma Searle, Alesi Willet, Nicole Butler