Festivals - Association Teams
Under 14 Girls' Inter-County Festival - Day One
The Under 14 festival began with a lunch for all teams and a welcome from ESFA Chairman, Dave Woollaston. Festival Committee Chairman, John Appleby, thanked Lorna Blakeman for all the work she had done as if truth be told she has almost single handedly organised the whole affair.
Day one began in glorious weather and the first two games played were Surrey v Lancashire and Dorset v Staffordshire. National Champions Lancashire were too strong for Surrey and ran out comfortable winners, Staffordshire led Dorset 2-0 at the break and finished 4-2 ahead in a very even second half.
Games 3 and 4 involved Worcestershire and Sussex and South Yorkshire and locals Shropshire, South Yorkshire and Shropshire finished 2-2 in a tight hard fought game whilst Worcestershire came from behind to beat Sussex by the odd goal in 5.
Last match of the day involved the two furthest travellers with Durham taking on Kent, beaten finalists at this year’s national championship. Kent led early but Durham rallied and claimed victory with a twice taken penalty in the last minute.
The festival is not only a showcase for excellent girl footballers but the referees pool was made of young people who were all still at school. Their guiding light and mentor Mark Warren ensured that all games were well refereed by young people who all volunteered to give up their holidays to support schools’ football. A large number of parents were there to support their daughters and the whole atmosphere was a joy to behold not that the games were any less competitive for being in a festival format with no league tables, cups or medals to be won.
On Tuesday all teams will play two games and all are hoping that the good weather holds.