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Hampshire Games- Girls football 21/6/18

Following a successful tournament in Southampton, our girls were invited to represent the city against the best sides in Hampshire. What followed was an incredible day.


Opening ceremony
The grandeur of the occasion was represented by the girls participating in the opening ceremony to the games. The children were entertained by an Avatar style dance performed by an talented dance group from Farnborough Junior School and listened to an inspirational speech from Steph Twell (double British Olympian). Her words of, "support your friends," was shown by our girls throughout the day and embodied every action they undertook. Finally the girls walked around the stadium alongside the other athletes as the tournament began.


First group 
Halterworth 2-0 Bitterne Park
Although the girls started slowly by conceding two girls, they slowly grew into the game and were unlucky not to get one back.
Player of the match- Jess- several great saves kept the scoreline down.


Bitterne Park 0-1 Ludlow
In this end to end game the girls were desperately unlucky not to get anything from the game. The girls created several great chances and on another day would have scored at least one.
Player of the match- Ella- ran the game from midfield with several probing runs and clinical passing.


St John the Baptist 4-1 Bitterne Park
The scoreline didn't reflect what at the times was a very close game. Several moments of individual brilliance from SJtB's star player (she scored all 4) led to their victory. The girls were delighted to celebrate Lola's goal.
Player of the match- Lola- a fantastic goal on her debut.


At this point the tournament split in half. We went on to compete in the Championship tournament.


Championship tournament
Bitterne Park 1-1 Springhill
Despite the girls going behind early in the game, the girls increased fluidity showed in this match. Amy scored a brilliant goal to level the scores, peppered their goal with shots and could have won it. 
Player of the match- Amy- a clinical finish to level the scores and set up an exciting finish. 


Kings Furlong 0-2 Bitterne Park
This was a tough game against a very physical side but the girls held their own throughout. Two brilliant goals from Amy and Ella secured the victory.
Player of the match- Martha- wasn't phased by the strength and physicality of the opposition.


Anton 1-1 Bitterne Park
This neck and neck game rivalled the World Cup for entertainment. A goal from Ella early on put us ahead early on. Anton levelled, setting up a thrilling finale in which either side could have easily won it. 
Player of the match- Leyla- brilliant movement on and off the ball made things tricky for the other side.


By finishing our group undefeated, we topped the group and received a bye into the semi final. 


Freegrounds (won on penalties)1-1 Bitterne Park 
The girls were up against it from the start but defended admirably throughout. An absolutely stunning finish from Ella and some determined defending at the end took the game to penalties. The girls coped well with the pressure of penalties which went to sudden death. Eventually we were beaten by Freegrounds.
Players of the match- Mollie/Macy- impossible to separate these two apart both making it tough for Freegrounds to break through our defence. 


There is no harsher way in football than to lose on penalties in a semi final however the girls spirit after the game showed true pride, respect and confidence over what they achieved playing against the best teams in Hampshire.