On Thursday 3rd May Durrington High School’s U14 girls football team headed to Sussex FC County ground (home of Lancing FC) to play in the county cup final. They faced a very strong Dorothy Stringer team (who had knocked out the reigning champions in their semi-final). The journey to the finals was impressive, and at times nail biting, the whole team showed great determination in every match played. With expert coaching and encouragement from Ms Morley, the girls had a bye in the first round but beat Hove Park 4-3 to reach the quarter-finals where they played Oriel High School, wining 5-3. Their semi-final against Seaford Head was very tight but they won 4-3 to reach the final.
They had to wait nervously all day for the 5pm kick off but were mature and calm in their preparation. They had a tough battle but they showed determination and excellent teamwork. Despite this, a close game saw the girls lose 3-2, but each player was fantastic and an absolute credit to the school. Although disappointed they were proud of themselves and their performance, and so they should be, coming second out of 25 schools is a great achievement.
Special mentions must go to Grace Watkins who scored two stunning goals and Jasmine Williams, the team goalkeeper, who performed some outstanding saves to keep Durrington in the game.