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County joy for Harris

PUBLISHED: 13:36 01 February 2008 | UPDATED: 19:36 05 July 2010

HARRIS Middle School won their second Under 13 girls football title in three years in fine style last week. The final was played at the Gainsborough Sports Centre in Ipswich against Stoke High School, with the score finishing 6-1 to Harris.

HARRIS Middle School won their second Under 13 girls football title in three years in fine style last week. The final was played at the Gainsborough Sports Centre in Ipswich against Stoke High School, with the score finishing 6-1 to Harris.

Natasha Thomas opened the scoring in the first 10 minutes, racing onto Gemma Gooch's long through ball to finish clinically. The same player added a second shortly after latching onto keeper Kayleigh Moran's clearance and playing an exquisite one-two with sister Bianca, to finish in identical style to her first. Natasha completed a second consecutive first half hat-trick in superb fashion with a 20 yard thunderbolt.

Harris' defence of Ellesse Houghton, Hollie Jary, Elizabeth French and Emily Harris restricted Stoke High to just one chance in the first half, but the keeper Kayleigh stood firm and made a great point blank save, to preserve Harris' 3-0 advantage at the break.

Any hopes of a Stoke comeback were dashed right at the start of the 2nd half, when Laura Dyson made a great run down the right wing and her cross was turned into her own net by a Stoke defender. Super-sub Shanice Lucas capitalised on defensive confusion to grab a 5th goal for Harris, turning in a loose ball at the far post.

Stoke then managed a consolation goal, when their forward poked the ball home despite the close attention of a marker. Harris responded immediately though and Bianca Thomas crashed a shot into the top corner of the net to round off a fine display by herself and the entire Harris team.

“It is very satisfying to see the girls fulfil the potential they showed when they first started at the school and I hope they can build on this great performance and go on to represent Suffolk with distinction in the National Cup,” PE teacher and team manager Ashley Sonnex told The Journal.

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