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Kirkley High School's U16 girls fly high

PUBLISHED: 11:47 30 April 2008 | UPDATED: 20:16 05 July 2010

AFTER winning ten games, the prestigious RAF English Schools Football Association (ESFA) U16 Schools' Cup has been proudly brought back to Lowestoft by the Kirkley High School girls team.

AFTER winning ten games, the prestigious RAF English Schools Football Association (ESFA) U16 Schools' Cup has been proudly brought back to Lowestoft by the Kirkley High School girls team.

The triumphant teenagers, led by skipper Paige Shorten, beat Bridgnorth Endowed School from Shropshire 3-2 on Monday at the City of Manchester Stadium - the home of Manchester City.

Louise Sturman opened the scoring for Kirkley in the 16th minute, and despite being pegged back Shorten fired a stunning 25-yard free-kick into the top corner.

But the Shropshire school rallied and equalised again, before player of the match Paige Shorten scored a match-winning penalty to bring the cup back to Lowestoft.

More than 50,000 students compete in the prestigious RAF Schools' Cup each year, and Group Captain Mark Page, of the RAF Inspectorate of Recruiting said: “The teams that competed in the finals have worked tirelessly throughout the season to get to this stage. Their complete dedication never ceases to impress me, and each year the standard of football continues to rise”

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