A GIRL’S football team have made it into a national cup final for the third time in four years, writes Hayley Paterson.
Balby Carr’s high-flying girl’s football academy side (pictured) will have the chance to overturn last year’s 1-0 defeat to Thurstable Sports College in the English Schools FA National Cup final when the pair square up again in March.
The Doncaster academy won the prestigious trophy back in 2010 after beating Reading’s Madejski Academy and this year will have the added bonus of playing the final on home turf at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Head coach Jordon Beedle, 25, said: “It’s a great achievement to get into the final again, they fully deserve to be there.
“A lot of our players who played in last year’s final against Thurstable were hurting when they lost, so they’ve worked really hard to make sure that doesn’t happen again.
“They’re really up for the game, especially because it’s a chance to get a bit of revenge.
“For Balby, it puts us on the map and nationally says that we are one of the best academy sides for girl’s football, it’s good recognition.
“We’re hoping we get a lot of local support for the final, the team certainly deserves it.”
The under 18s outfit deservedly earned their place in the final having smashed eight past Thomas Telford School in the quarter finals and eventually making their chances count in a 3-1 win over Hull-based South Hunsley High School.
Players to watch Leah Hardy and Rosie Young will also be hoping to add to their impressive record in the competition with 10 and eight goals respectively.
The academy side’s final will be played at the Keepmoat on March 13. The kick-off time is yet to be announced.