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Kesgrave High School Girls bow out in last four of national cup

PUBLISHED: 14:52 15 March 2018 | UPDATED: 14:52 15 March 2018

The Kesgrave High School Girls' Under 13 side. Picture: SUFFOLK FA

The Kesgrave High School Girls' Under 13 side. Picture: SUFFOLK FA

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Kesgrave High School’s Girls’ Under-13 side are reflecting on a memorable journey after reaching the last four of a national competition, writes Nick Garnham.

The Suffolk side bowed out of the English Schools’ Football Association Under-13 Playstation 9-a-side Schools’ Cup, after losing 2-0 away to Bohunt School Wokingham in Berkshire on Monday.

The defeat brought an end to their seven-match winning sequence in the competition which was entered by just under 400 schools.

Their run started with an 8-0 victory over Thomas Mills high School from Framlingham, before beating Westbourne Academy from Ipswich 4-3 in round two.

The Kesgrave Girls then beat Sir John Leman from Beccles 6-1, Notre Dame High School, Norwich 3-2 after extra time and St Ivo School from Huntingdon 3-2.

Victories followed 3-0 against Shenfield High School from Essex and 2-1 versus Kingsdale School from South London to reach the last four.

PE teacher Chris Finch, who is also the team’s manager, said of Monday’s match: “The semi-final was a highly competitive contest with two talented teams playing fast flowing, attractive football.

“Despite having a number of chances and us hitting the woodwork midway through the first half, Bohunt were able to put their chances away, scoring once in the first half and then their second, a great header from a corner, with five minutes remaining.

“We were always in this game and in the second half really applied the pressure but without getting that all-important goal.

“Despite the result the school are very proud of the girls’ achievements. The girls have performed brilliantly, growing in confidence as a team and playing with real heart and desire.

“It’s the first time any Kesgrave High School team have reached the last four in the ESFA national cup competition and the support from parents, teachers and pupils along the way has helped make this a really memorable journey for the girls.

“Although the girls were initially disappointed about Monday’s result they have soon been able to realise what an achievement it was reaching this stage and are now even more determined to replicate and beat this year’s national cup achievements, next year.”

Andre Dozzell has revealed his frustration as his return to action stalled earlier in the season but the teenager is now hungry for minutes on the field after returning to the first-team picture.

ANDY WARREN spoke to Ipswich Town No.2 Stuart Taylor about his journey from cleaning Paul Lambert’s boots at St Mirren to assisting him at Portman Road.

In past columns I have talked about a divide between athletes that earn large amounts of money, and those that do not, and how there is a movement in Ipswich to bring this sporting diversity together.

Striker Kayden Jackson scored a hat-trick as Ipswich Town defeated QPR 5-1 in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Playford Road this afternoon.

Trevoh Chalobah has been training with the full England squad today ahead of the Three Lions’ clash with the United States tomorrow night.

Jordan Graham is training with Oxford United after being given permission to move on by Ipswich Town.

Teenager Jack Lankester hopes to be involved with the Ipswich Town first team for the remainder of the season but would be prepared to spend time out on loan if it aides his development.

Ipswich Town boss Paul Lambert has been impressing the players with his skills on the training pitch. STUART WATSON looks back on his playing career.

Tristan Nydam is keen to make the most of his loan stay in Scotland but is still keeping a firm eye on parent club Ipswich Town.

Former Ipswich Town boss Paul Hurst is the favourite in the betting as his former club Shrewsbury search for a new manager.

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