Kent schools featured prominently at the recent Futsal National Finals. Dartford Grammar School for Girls U12s, Walderslade Girls School U14s and Westlands School U16s were all in attendance in the girls’ competition, along with Hayesbrook School U12s in the boys’ competition. For these teams, the journey to this event began back in October 2011 in the district qualifiers of the Kent Schools FA Futsal Competition. Since then, they have battled through county and regional finals events to reach the National Finals.
In the boys’ competition, Hayesbrook School U12s performed well in the group stages, finishing with 7 points from 4 games to qualify for the semi finals as runners up in their group. In the semi finals, they faced Rokeby from Essex and with the game poised at 1-1 in the closing minutes, Hayesbrook managed to snatch a last minute winner to book their place in the final.
In the final, Hayesbrook faced a team that had already beaten them in the group stages, Blidworth SR Elite Coaching. Hayesbrook started with enthusiasm and determination and took a 1-0 lead against the much fancied team from Nottinghamshire and held this lead for the majority of the match, but with 3 minutes remaining, Blidworth equalised with a sharp passing move and finish. With the match looking to be heading for penalties and just 9 seconds left on the clock, Blidworth struck again with an incisive pass falling to the feet of the event’s top scorer who made no mistake with his finish to win it for his side.
In the girls’ competition, all three teams representing Kent performed well. Unfortunately, despite some strong performances, both Dartford Grammar School for Girls U12s and Walderslade Girls School U14s were knocked out in the group stages. Westlands School U16s performed superbly in the initial group stage, winning three of their four group matches to finish 2nd in their group and qualify for the semi finals. Unfortunately, they were unable to match Hayesbrook’s earlier achievement and were defeated 2-0 in the semi finals.
The Kent Schools FA congratulates all of these schools on representing the county so well in the national finals.