Following the growth of the girls’ game in recent seasons, Middlesex FA decided to re-introduce their own girls’ cup competitions, to replace the Capital Girls’ Cups, which spanned several County FAs. We staged all four of the finals at our Rectory Park HQ on Saturday, 7th May. The second game of the day was the Harold Horskins Under 14 final between Hinton & Finchley Revolution Haringey and Queens Park Rangers Women.
26 teams entered this season’s competition.
Hinton & Finchley Revolution U14 Haringey reached the final by beating Denham United Ladies Youth 4-2 away in round 1, Ickenham Youth Panthers 10-1 at home in the quarter-final and London Bees 4-1 away in the semi-final. They had received a walkover in round 2 against Actonians Girls.
Queens Park Rangers Women U14 had a walkover against Young’s Football Club in round 1 and then recorded a series of very convincing victories. They beat Omonia Youth Girls 12-1 at home in round 2, Wealdstone Youth Girls 8-0 away in the quarter-final and then Kensington Dragons Youth 7-0 at home in the semi-final.
H & F Revolution Haringey play in the Junior Premier League and QPR in the Middlesex Youth League.
Matches in this cup are played over 35 minutes each half.
The pre-match presentations
The weather improved for this, our second final of the day, which was dominated by the team from Haringey, whose impressive passing football overwhelmed QPR. They led 4-0 at the interval and finished 5-0 winners.
Asees Sangha (11) heads Haringey's first goal
H & F Revolution went ahead in the 5th minute. Ellie Johnson advanced through the middle and her shot was palmed for a corner by keeper, Orla Cooper. The kick was taken by Betty Larkin and headed home by Asees Sangha.
Nia Garwood nets Haringey's second goal
Nia Garwood slid home Haringey’s 2nd goal after 8 minutes.
Nia Garwood shoots for Haringey's third goal
Haringey’s Betty Larkin was just wide with a shot from just outside the penalty area before Nia Garwood finished a good move to score her team’s 3rd goal in the 16th minute.
The lead increased to 4 after 19 minutes, when Asees Sangha’s scorching left footed drive from an angle hit the roof of the QPR net.
...and her drive hits the roof of the net
Ellie Johnson crossed to Betty Larkin but Orla Cooper saved her close-range shot. Orla saved from Betty again, high from a wide angle.
Orla Cooper saves from Betty Larkin
QPR came into the match as the interval approached. Priya Wilson made a good run before being dispossessed by Hayley Che-Mujh. Then Chloe Evea set up Priya but keeper, Leila Hadari gathered her shot.
Score at half time: H & F Revolution Haringey 4 Queens Park Rangers 0
Nia Garwood worked through the QPR defence but replacement keeper, Mathilde Barbier saved at her feet.
Mathilde Barbier saves at Nia Garwood's feet
Nia Garwood completes her hat trick...
In the 51st minute, Asees Sangha crossed to Nia Garwood, who took the ball around the keeper and netted Haringey’s 5th goal to complete her hattrick. Nia had been a constant threat to QPR right through the match, with her dribbling ability and finishing power.t
...and wheels away in triumph
Mathilde saved from Charlotte Fox and Ellie Johnson skimmed the bar with a powerful drive.
After a very good short passing move, Asees crossed for Betty Larkin, who couldn’t quite connect.
Final score: H & F Revolution Haringey 5 Queens Park Rangers 0
The winners with the trophy
Referee, Pat Griffin controlled the match well. He received good support from his Assistant Referees, Noga Meyer and Callum Nicol and Fourth Official, Jack Ardouin.
The Guest of Honour was Sian Osmond, the Middlesex FA Women’s Recreational Football Officer, who was presented to the teams and match officials before the game and presented the cup and individual mementoes afterwards. Sian chose H & F Revolution’s Nia Garwood as player of the match.
The attendance was 121.
Hinton & Finchley Revolution Haringey: Leila Hadari-Agaeev, Hayley Che-Mujh, Melissa Ait Amaara, Ugomma Ekendi, Vedhika Walia, Charlotte Fox, (capt) Elisia Huetson Nueva, Ellie Johnson, Asees Sangha, Betty Larkin and Nia Garwood.
Rolling substitutes: Elsa Clissitt, Zara Kirstein, India Nwodo-Shittu and Kaya Bamber.
Managers: Ronan O’Rourke and Joe Khalifi Coach: Adem Ali
Queens Park Rangers: Orla Cooper (Mathilde Barbier 2nd half), Sadie Miller, Lily Vos, Kasey Davenport, Annabel Fawcett, Lily Martin (capt), Lily Peterson, Izzy Morley, Vicky Panagopoulou, Keira Simpson and Chloe Evea.
Rolling substitutes: Meira Ashby, Millie Williams, Jessie Davis and Priya Wilson.
Manager: Katie Wales Coach: Andrea D’Anna.
As ever we thank Chris & Jim for joining us to cover the match, Chris & Jim have sat down and selected some key shots from the match, Chris has also very kindly provided a full album of imagery from the match.
Chris & Jim's Picks
Full Album Courtesy of Chris Benn