On the 26th of November 2015, 5 Year 7 girls and 3 Year 8 girls made up the u13 Y Pant girls 6 a side team to represent the school in the Cardiff City National Football league competition.
The competition was split in to two groups comprising of 8 teams in each group. Y Pant were drawn in pool 2. They began their group stages at a slow but steady pace, with an initial 1-1 draw with local rivals Porth County Comprehensive school.
Results gradually improved throughout the day, with the girls picking up the pace of play and playing to their potential. This resulted in the girls winning the remainder of their pool games, playing some great football and scoring some fantastic goals along the way.
When all the pool games where complete, 4 teams progressed to the knockout stages of the competition. Whitecross (Hereford), Rhymney Comprehensive School qualified from Pool 1 and Y Pant and Porth County from pool 2 with Y Pant topping the group on goal difference.
Following these results in the Semi Final first place played second in the corresponding group.
Whitecross v Porth
Y Pant v Rhymney
Whitecross beat Porth convincingly in their semi. The Semi Final between Y Pant and Rhymney was a much tighter affair. After the 10min game time the score was 1-1, this meant it would take penalties to separate the team.
The girls showed great nerve under extreme pressure to step up and win the penalty shoot out 2-0 which meant Y Pant were through to the final.
The final was now between Y Pant and a very strong Whitecross team having won the competition for the past 3 years and very firm favourite at the beginning of the competition. There was a huge gulf in height between the two teams, but that’s all that separated the two teams with a very well contested final which was a worthy final to such a great day.
After an end to end game with both teams giving everything they had to the cause, Y Pant came out victorious with a well worked team goal to clinch the game 1-0.
The celebrations after the games were great to see and the excitement and jubilation having won the competition were evident. What made it even more rewarding for the girls is that the hard work they have put in training on a weekly basis had paid off. With this being the first football completion a number of the girls have competed in with some of girls having only taken up football at the start of the academic year.
This team will now go on to represent Cardiff City Football club in the Area final. This will be held in Exeter University on the 14th of January 2016. They will now compete against other finalists who will also be representing there respective Football League clubs.