On Monday 15th October Southend United held their annual EFL Girls Cup tournament at the playfootball centre at Chase High School...
The event featured over 170 girls spread across 21 teams as they battled it out to take home the trophy and earn the place to represent Southend United in the next round of the tournament.
This was our biggest girls tournament to date and it was great to see so many girls coming down and enjoying their football as it shows how much women's football has increased over the past few years.
Projects officer April Smith from the Trust said “Our Girls Cup is always a great way for schools to showcase their footballing talent and a way to unearth some hidden gems as we see how girls football in the local area has grown.”
The Girls Cup competition is for school girls from years 7&8 and helps get girls into football.
All of the schools that attended the competition work with or have worked with the Trust in various activities from PE lessons to Premier League girls sessions.
The tournament kicked off with the group stages that took place across four pitches, the winner of each group progressed into the semi-finals.
King John won their group and they faced Shenfield High and Basildon Academy took on St Martins to decide who will go face-to-face in the final.
After two hard-fought games, we had our finalists which were Shenfield High and Basildon Academy.
Both teams went into the final confident and they started strong but Shenfield were quick on the break and eventually broke the deadlock, four minutes into the first.
The goal boosted their confidence and they went into the break 3-0 up.
Shenfield came out in the second half with the intent of scoring more and they did just that, netting two more goals before the final whistle.
Shenfield will now go on to represent the Blues at Millwall against the likes of Stevenage, QPR and Crystal Palace.
The winner of the next rounds will go on to the final and represent their designated Club at Wembley Stadium.