Football: Passmores stands firm in Essex Cup battle

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Passmores stands firm in Essex Cup battle

PASSMORES Girls’ U14 football team played away at Chingford Foundation School in the Essex Cup Quarter Finals on 18th December, scooping a last-minute victory which has enabled them to progress to the Semi-Finals.

Last season, Chingford knocked Passmores out of the cup at the same stage of the competition, so this was something of a grudge match and a chance for Passmores to make up for last year’s disappointment.

In the first half, morale was high and the team was on fine form, achieving an early lead with two goals scored by Lauren Clenshaw and Charis Howell. But the tide turned in the second half as Passmores conceded a goal, and then when a decision did not go their way, the opposition equalised with a penalty, making the score 2-2 at full time.

The pressure was on as the game entered extra time, but although tired, the girls dug deep and battled on. Their determination was rewarded five minutes in, as Charis scored a cracker of a goal, resulting in a 2-3 win for Passmores.

After the game, Charis said, ‘we had all worked hard, so to get knocked out last year had been really disappointing. But this time we were all so happy that we were singing on the bus all the way home!’

The team will now face Great Baddow and again, there is a long standing rivalry between the teams as Baddow knocked Passmores out of the cup a few years ago. The girls are now preparing to avenge this earlier defeat, and are training hard with the help of the Passmores boys’ team.

Reflecting on her team’s performance, coach, Miss Conway said, ‘they work hard, never give up and play to the final whistle. Their hard work has paid off’.

The semi-finals will take place at home towards the end of January.

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