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The Oasis Academy Oldham under-13 girls' football team represented Oldham Athletic in a tournament at Barnsley FC’s Oakwell Stadium.
The area final of the npower Girls Cup saw the girls compete for the chance to play in the regional final against teams from across the North of England. The national final will take place at Wembley Stadium in April.
Despite digging deep and putting in some great performances, the girls were knocked out at the group stage. They
In the group stages, the Oldham girls played York, Middlesbrough, Rochdale and Leeds. lost 0-2 to York followed by 1-1 draws against Middlesbrough and Rochdale and a scoreless draw against Leeds.
Oasis Academy Oldham PE teacher and sport coordinator Sarah Walters said the girls had displayed determination and commitment.
"Our player of the tournament was Kelly Hinchcliffe and the girls showed fantastic fighting spirit and enjoyed playing at a professional football ground.”
“Although we didn’t win, the girls performed brilliantly. Rebecca Turner scored a goal to put us into the lead against Middlesbrough which was cruelly snatched away in the dying moments.
She said: “This was a tough competition involving some very talented under-13 footballers from the North of England.
Oasis Academy Oldham principal David Hayes congratulated the girls on reaching the tournament.
"They earned the privilege of representing the area and they did so with tenacity. The girls should be proud of themselves.”
"These are principals that will take them through life. Their success on the pitch is testament to the mettle they have shown.
“By competing at this level they are learning resilience, determination, sportsmanship and the desire to keep improving.
He said: “The under-13 girls can be very proud of themselves for playing in this prestigious competition.
Pictured (left to right): Georgia Childs, Lauren Childs, Rebecca Turner, Zoë Turner, Hannah Evans, Amelia Donohoe, Kelly Hinchcliffe, Ellie Connor, Ellie Wall.