The Under-13s girls football team from Stoke Newington School in Hackney progressed to the Area Finals of the Football League Girls Cup recently and will now go on to represent the O’s at the tournament hosted by Southend United on January 15.
Each of the 72 Football League clubs organise their own local schools competition with the winning school going on to represent their professional football team at the Area, Regional and National final should they progress.
Deserved winners, Stoke Newington, won every game played over two evenings at the Goals Football Centre in Chingford, defeating Lammas School from Leyton 3-0 in a close matched final despite the look of the score line. A total of nine schools took part, each playing one another with the top four moving to a semi-final knock-out.
Progression at the Area finals would mean entry into the Regional finals and one step away from a Wembley appearance and the ultimate game against a northern region school played prior to the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final on April 3.
Howard Gould, Leyton Orient Community Liaison Officer said: “The Girls Cup, and equivalent Kids Cup for boys, is more than just a football tournament due to the tremendous prize that awaits the eventual finalists – playing at Wembley Stadium! And I’m happy that ‘Stokey’ will be our representatives as they were unlucky last year, losing out to a last minute goal in the local semi-final.
“I know Ian (Bruce) and Steve (Clark) will have the girls working hard in training and the club are right behind them as they look to reach the next stage which will be a first for Leyton Orient. I’d also like to thank all the other schools that took part, namely:- Buxton, Chingford Foundation, Holy Family, Lammas, Leytonstone, Highams Park, Heathcote and Walthamstow School for Girls.”