Girls reach new heights in trophy

National cup winners - Stamford High School U18. Back row, form left, Hannah Brewis, Emma Couzens, Beth Carnegie, Genny Peck, Andy Elliot (coach), Abbie Brewin, Maria Davies, Annissa Zak, Aimee Blay, front, Olivia Chandler, Aisling MacDonald, Hannah Paish, Zoe Wilson, Sarah Bloomer. laying down, Lauren Rigby
National cup winners - Stamford High School U18. Back row, form left, Hannah Brewis, Emma Couzens, Beth Carnegie, Genny Peck, Andy Elliot (coach), Abbie Brewin, Maria Davies, Annissa Zak, Aimee Blay, front, Olivia Chandler, Aisling MacDonald, Hannah Paish, Zoe Wilson, Sarah Bloomer. laying down, Lauren Rigby
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STAMFORD High School girls have been crowned national champions after winning the ISFA Cup Final.

The girls beat reigning champions ACS Cobham 2-0 to improve on the runners-up spot Stamford have claimed in the previous two years.

Led by captain Lauren Rigby at Borehamwood FC (the home of Arsenal Ladies), Stamford grew in confidence as the first half progressed and they opened the scoring on the 27th minute with a 20 yard left-footed drive from Emma Couzens.

Cobham struck Stamford’s cross bar before half time but after the break Stamford increased their dominance with Abbie Brewin and Lauren Rigby coming close.

The back four, inspired by the impressive Maria Davies and Annissa Zak, neutralised the opposition and 12 minutes before the end Stamford secured a cushion when Hannah Brewis latched onto a fantastic through ball from Beth Carnegie to escape the last defender and beat the keeper.

Stamford held on for the final ten minutes with Hannah Paish untroubled in the Stamford goal.

To reach the final the girls beat Wellingborough 6-1, Uppingham 4-1, Oakham 3-0 and Welbeck Defence College 4-0.

Heidi Myles, head of games at the school, said: “The girls put on a fantastic performance and fully deserved to lift the trophy for the first time. They worked tremendously hard throughout the season to reach the final and have taken football at Stamford High School to new heights.”