Ormskirk School's Under 14 Girls football team played in the Lancashire Cup final against Ribblesdale School, Clitheroe at Squires Gate in Blackpool.
The game on paper was going to be close with Ribblesdale scoring 27 goals in their last three games, conceding only three and with three Lancashire players in their squad to match Ormskirk’s three (Amelia Size, Lucy and Erin Staunton-Turner) things couldn’t be more evenly matched.
Ribblesdale had a good first half and pressed well, creating a few chances and testing the Ormskirk defence, who rose to the challenge brilliantly. 25 minutes into the first half Ella Brighouse, from Ormskirk was played through on goal, she kept her cool and finished it off with power and precision- a great strike.
Ormskirk went into the half time break one goal up and feeling confident, this continued into the second half, Ormskirk’s girls worked incredible hard, closing down the opposition and minimising Ribblesdale’s chances.
It was 20 minutes into the second half when Charlotte Dunham’s cross landed to skipper, Lucy Staunton-Turner who twisted and turned away from the defence to smash the ball into the back of the net 2-0.
Laura Goff, PE teacher said: “It was a great end to the season, with us missing out in the National semi-finals on penalties, so it was great to win the Lancashire Cup. It’s is always a difficult competition with some strong teams. Our girls have played outstandingly all season and in the final they put on a great team performance and deserve to be Lancashire Champions!”
The school's Under 13 girl’s cricket team have continued the winning form of last year’s National Champions, in becoming ‘Chance to Compete’ County Champions.
Chance to Compete is the ‘Chance to Shine’ National secondary school competition aimed at giving secondary state school children an opportunity to play competitive cricket.
Ormskirk played four teams from across Lancashire, winning all their matches to be crowned County winners.
Laura added: “The girls have developed as a side massively this year and have worked hard in training, it’s great to see it pay off and its great to retain the county title.”