Huddersfield New College’s Women’s Football Academy has started 2019 as they mean to go on, winning the Association of College’s (AoC) Girl’s Premier Cup following a tense penalty shoot out in a match against Hartpury College.
Hartpury College had a great start to the game, leading two nil until the HNC team scored a goal. Hartpury then scored another goal, putting them firmly ahead before half time at 3-1. The second half started with an incredible piece of play from Hartpury with a 4th goal. All seemed lost, but the HNC Women’s Football Academy dug deep, battling for every ball.
Elle Hamilton-Dewhirst scored a second goal, with Ellie Womersley scoring another goal at 75 minutes, meaning HNC was just behind Hartpury at 4-3. With the clock ticking down, HNC continued to battle, showing heart across the entire field, but into the first minute of injury time Anna Pederson (GK) knew their best hopes was to send strikers Ellis and Womersley in on goal as fast as possible. A bouncing ball looked difficult for Macy Ellis to bring down but with one touch away from the defender, Ellis was able to take the ball on a half-volley to finalise a truly incredible comeback for the Girls Academy! 4-4 at full-time. The game then went to extra time, with no goals scored the game ended with a tense penalty shoot out with HNC scoring four goals and Hartpury scoring three.
The Women’s Football Academy will now progress to the quarter finals.
Jamie Marsden, Head of Academies comments: “Our Women’s Football Academy ended 2018 at the top of their game, and as this match shows, are absolutely determined to maintain their position in 2019! The team demonstrated some fantastic skills and determination to reach a draw before winning at a tense of penalty shootout. Our Sports Academies nurture and coach some fantastic talent, with two of our female footballers recently signed for the English College’s Women’s Squad for the 2018-19 season. We are really looking forward to seeing their progress over this season.”