Youth football - College pay the penalty

NEALE-WADE Community College under-13 girls football team had to suffer the heartbreak of losing on penalties in the Cambridgeshire Schools Coca-Cola County Cup final. The match played at Neale-Wade on Friday, proved to be a close one and a single penalty

NEALE-WADE Community College under-13 girls football team had to suffer the heartbreak of losing on penalties in the Cambridgeshire Schools Coca-Cola County Cup final.The match played at Neale-Wade on Friday, proved to be a close one and a single penalty from Stanground College's Emily Pavey was enough to defeat the March side.Stanground began brightly but they were made to pay for missed chances when Neale-Wade's Kelly Blanchflower opened the scoring with a well-taken goal on 16 minutes.The home side held on to their lead until the second half when a sustained period of Stanground pressure resulted in two goals in five minutes from Georgia Newman.The cup looked destined to be heading for Peterborough but in the final minute, Kelly Blanchflower scored a dramatic equaliser from close range.With no further score in extra time, the game went to the dreaded penalty shoot-out.Stanground keeper, Hannah Bonney, saved all five of Neale-Wade's spot kicks and the visitors clinched victory with a single penalty from Emily Pavey.It was a disappointing result for the hard-working Neale-Wade side but Cambridge United scouts watching the game did give the March school something to cheer.Kelly Blanchflower's fine performance was rewarded with a four-week trial at United's centre of excellence in Cambridge.


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