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SCHOOL SPORTS Denes High cruise to title

PUBLISHED: 12:47 18 June 2010 | UPDATED: 17:42 06 July 2010

THE Denes High U14 girls futsal team were in dominant form as they claimed the East of England title.

Natasha Thomas was in typically lethal form scoring the majority of the team's goals and she was ably assisted by Laura Dyson who was the main creative force in midfield.

THE Denes High U14 girls futsal team were in dominant form as they claimed the East of England title.

Natasha Thomas was in typically lethal form scoring the majority of the team's goals and she was ably assisted by Laura Dyson who was the main creative force in midfield.

Shannon Reynolds and Zalonia Warford also chipped in with goals as Denes won all four of their group games to qualify for the final. It was nice to see Georgia Wilson back in form after two years abroad, showing glimpses of her all-round ability, whilst Lizzie French in goal was only beaten once in the qualifying rounds, ironically from the boot of Natasha Thomas!

Denes played Hastingbury in the final who made the girls work hard for victory. Thomas scored after five minutes to put Denes on their way, but they were rocked by a quick equaliser into the top left-hand corner past unsighted French. Holly Jary calmed nerves on the stroke of half-time, scoring her first ever goal for the team, crashing in a thunderbolt free-kick.

The game was settled at the start of the second half when Thomas nearly demolished the inflatable goal scoring direct from the restart. One more goal completed the scoring for a convincing 4-1 victory.

The girls will now take some stopping in the national finals at the beginning of July.

Honest Harris in final heartache

THE Harris U12 girls futsal team came tantalisingly close to securing the Eastern region title in Bedford on Saturday.

In the qualifying rounds Harris secured a final spot with three wins and a defeat, although the defeat occurred when Harris had already made the final and took the opportunity to rest players.

Captain Zoe Cossey was in sparkling form again providing the bulk of the Harris goals and also working back to help the defence. Paige Baker linked very well with Cossey and was also a threat in front of goal. The other goals were provided by utility player Lauren White who filled in as forward and sweeper equally well.

Paige McCormack and Edie Williamson worked hard to provide the defensive base for success, whilst Steph Goodwin in goal showed her bravery diving at players' feet on a number of occasions.

The final against Shenfield High was a very close encounter with few chances. Shenfield hit the post in the first half after some great skill from their captain, whilst Paige Baker had a fierce angled shot well saved.

The game was decided in the last minute. Zoe Cossey had her back leg clipped as she closed in on goal. The resulting stumble enabled the keeper to close the angle and make the save. Later the refs admitted that had Cossey gone down a penalty would have resulted, but unfortunately she suffered due to her honesty.

Shenfield took advantage of their good fortune and scored with 30 seconds remaining when an unsighted Goodwin couldn't prevent a long free kick sneaking in. The Harris girls were a credit to themselves and represented Suffolk admirably, but Shenfield were missing one of their best players on the day and will be strong contenders at the national finals.


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