On Tuesday 26th February the Academy U16’s Girls football team competed in a play-off to determine who won the overall Tameside League. The top 4 teams out 16 teams competed against each other – Droylsden Academy, St Thomas More, Fairfield High School for Girls and Alder Community School.
The Academy students played all three teams with Jamie Lee Beddow showing her strength and speed up front and scoring some excellent goals. Droylsden Academy and Fairfield High School finished on equal points and equal goal difference which meant the two schools had to play again to determine a winner.
Deadlock after normal and extra time led to a penalty shoot-out. Aashi Yaseen and Erin Longsden took fantastic penalties, but Zoe McGraths unbelievable performance in net saving all 4 penalties that Fairfield took meant Droylsden Academy won the shoot out and consequently won the Under 16’s league.
Miss Sanderson said “the girls have worked hard all season, and the grit and determination they consistently showed really paid off on Tuesday. I am so proud of them, and a special mention to our match winner Zoe who saved all 4 penalties to see us the finally win the league”.
Zoe said “the final play-off against Fairfield was a great game, shame penalties had to separate the teams, but it was good to see our players were able to finish it off with some excellent strikes, congratulations and same again next year please girls”.
The three Year 11 students Paige Phillips, Aashi Yaseen and Zoe McGrath have played for the Academy since Year 7 and have never missed a match. Lauran Kirkham has played with the team this season, but as unfortunately unavailable to play in Tuesday’s game.
From the left Paige Phillips, Aashi Yaseen, Zoe McGrath, Erin Longsden, Chloe Saxon-Clarke, Natasha Reece and Jamie Lee Beddow