With victories against Hampton and Sawston along the way, on Sat 14th May Planation & Spartak Girls U10’s made history by being the first ever girls team from Saffron Walden to reach a County Cup Final vs Gunthorpe Harriers. It was a day that will last long in the memory of the players’, coaches, parents and spectators who were taken on a roller coaster ride of emotions.
The day started with a team talk in the changing room at Herbert’s Farm, followed by the big ‘surprise’ for the team when the Hummer Limousine arrived to take them to match at Newmarket Town FC in style. The team thoroughly enjoyed the journey, with loud music, singing and Mexican waves all the way. The anticipated bad weather held off during the warm up and the girls soaked up the Cup Final atmosphere, but the butterflies built as kick off was delayed for almost an hour when the preceding U11’s Cup Final went to extra time and then penalties.
Finally the match got underway…….
After 5 minutes the team was a little shell shocked to find themselves 2-0 down, the coaches, parents and spectators began to think it was going to be a very tough afternoon, but they were forgetting the self belief and ‘never say die’ attitude that has characterised the team all season. Rather than let their heads drop, the players’ rolled up their sleeves and battled their way back into the game, keeping the score at 2-0 at half time.
The team started the second half well and dominated large parts of the game and pulling it back to 2-1 and then 2-2. With 5 minutes to go PSG thought they’d completed the turnaround, when but for the width of a blade of grass they thought they had scored the winner, but it was not to be and the game went to Extra Time.
By this stage, the tension for those on the side lines was unbearable, PSG had some good chances but it was evenly matched, with both teams scoring and the first period of ET finished 3-3. The effort and commitment displayed in the first 50 minutes took its toll, and pushing forward to seek a winner PSG were exposed in defence and Gunthorpe scored two late goals to secure the victory 5-3. Despite the disappointment every coach, parent and spectator cannot failed to have been impressed by the effort and performance of the team.