St Clement Danes (SCD) School U13 girls’ team travelled to Beaumont School last month for the national cup competition and came away with an impressive 5-0 victory.
Beaumont started well and were moving the ball effectively. SCD defended well, with strong performances from Alex Frater, Yahvi Tailor and Esha Majithia.
The deadlock was broken by an extraordinary long range effort from Frater who struck the ball first time from within her own half to lob the stranded Beaumont goalkeeper.
SCD eased into the game from this point, making some excellent passing combinations to create more chances. Beaumont defended resiliently until Matilda Beloou curled the ball into the top right corner after taking a slight deflection off the oncoming defender.
The second half required goalkeeper Immy Browne to make a couple of important saves to deny Beaumont. The two wingers for Danes, Daisy Beesening and Katie West, caused more trouble for the Beaumont defence. The hard work and persistence paid off when Katie West claimed her first goal of the game from the right hand side.
A brilliant, match-long effort from Nancy Young up front prevented any chance of Beaumont playing out and the pressure continued. Katie West went on to claim her second of the game with strong play down the right before cutting in to powerfully finish.
Renee George came off the bench to have a fantastic impact, beating her marker on numerous occasions. Alana Ashby, Libby Carstair and Megan Hamilton came on to further shore up the defence. Katie then went on to seal the game with her hatrick and St Clement Danes’ fifth. Renee was awarded player of the match by her opponents for her performance from the bench.
Also last month, the Year 7 and 8 girls’ football B team played their first match of the season, seeing some students representing the school for the first time. Against an accomplished St Michaels A team, they made a great start and came in at half time level at 1-1, with SCD ending up 8-1 winners.