Huddersfield New College’s Women’s Football Academy team are National Cup winners! Following the Association of College’s National Cup Final, the team have returned as champions after storming to victory with a 2 – 0 win.
The National Cup Final took place on Monday 30th April at Bescot Stadium, the home of Walsall FC. The team beat Brighton and Hove Albion College in a tense final, the hot favourites after they made the final in the previous year.
Both teams played at a rapid pace as they both looked to attack from the start. Tara Duce scored the first goal with a 35 yard strike. The game remained open as Brighton finished the stronger in the first half.
The second half much like the first half was end to end but again Tara Duce played the decisive ball to Ellie Womsersley for HNC and her finish was clinical as she turned her defender and fired across the keeper into the top left corner. Brighton again pressed but Captain Rose Priestley, inspirational all season, had the answer for any attack. Huddersfield New College finished National Champions with Ella Harris receiving Player of the Match for her outstanding contribution.
Jamie Marsden, Director of Sport and Academies comments: “The final was one of the most exciting games I have watched and the level of talent in our Women’s Football Academy team is huge. The team are at the top of their league and remain three points clear, so more trophies could be heading to College! The Women’s Football Academy challenges and supports some fantastic footballing talent and we are privileged to be be supporting the players both academically and in their chosen sport. We very much look forward to seeing where the team progress in their sporting careers – we fully expect them to remain at the top of their game!”
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