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 third game of the day was the Under 16 cup final between Hinton & Finchley Revolution U15 Haringey and Hinton & Finchley Revolution U16 Haringey.
16 teams entered this cup.
Hinton & Finchley Revolution U15 Haringey reached the final by beating Actonians Girls U15 10-0 at home in round 1, Denham United Ladies Youth U16 Wildcats in a penalty shoot-out, after a 3-3 away draw in the quarter-final and Harefield United U16 4-2 at home in the semi-final.
The U16 team received a walkover against Ruislip Rangers U16 Girls in round 1 and then beat Enfield Town Ladies Youth U16 6-0 at home in the quarter-final and London Bees U16 3-0 away in the semi-final.
They must be doing things right in Haringey to get their U14, U15 and U16 teams all through to their respective finals.
H & F Revolution Haringey U16s play in the Junior Premier League and the U15s in the Brentwood Boys League, which they won this season.
Matches in the U16 cup are played over 40 minutes each half.
The Haringey U15 team were short of players for this match. They only had 10 players available originally and then midfielder, Izzy Peel was hurt in the pre-match warm-up. Therefore, it was agreed that the U16 team would only have 9 players on the pitch at any time.
The pre-match presentations
Unsurprisingly, the result of this match was a convincing victory for the U16 team. The U15 team battled hard and thanks to an acrobatic display from their goalkeeper, only trailed by 2-1 at the interval. However, the U16 team eventually finished 7-2 winners against their tiring opponents.
The U16 team went ahead after 3 minutes through Rimini Lowe’s drive. Then Shakira Kafero-Roberts forced the ball home for a second goal in the 9th minute.
...and scores the U16's first goal
Shakira Kafero-Roberts shoots to put the U16's two up
The U15 goalkeeper and captain, Liamara Hensel Berg made a series of saves to deny the U16s any more goals before the interval.
Rhiann Grant hits the U15's first goal
Furthermore, in the 30th minute, Rhiann Grant, the U15 centre forward, broke away up the middle, lost the ball and then won it back before netting, to reduce the arrears and give the half time score a reasonable appearance.
Score at half time: H&FR Haringey U15 1 H&FR Haringey U16 2
Shakira Kafero-Roberts nets the U16's third goal
Shakira Kafero-Roberts fastened onto a through pass and scored a third goal for the U16s, 5 minutes after the break.
Shakira completes her hat-trick
Rimini Lowe hit a post and then Shakira completed her hattrick and made the score 4-1 in the 54th minute, by driving the ball home, following keeper Liamara’s save.
Rhiann Grant scores the U15's second goal
The U15s hit back in the 62nd minute and Rhiann Grant scored again, after seizing upon a rebound from the goalkeeper.
Justine Roberts hits the U16's fifth goal
U15 defender, Trea Hourigan, made a goal saving tackle. However, in the 72nd minute, Justine Roberts hit the ball into the roof of the U15 net to make the score 5-2.
Rimini Lowe nets the U16's sixth goal
Three minutes later, Rimini Lowe drove home her sides 6th goal, despite a valiant effort from Liamara, who got her hands to the ball. Amber Leighton forced her way through to add a 7th goal in added time.
Amber Leighton scores the U16's seventh goal
An acrobatic save by U15 keeper Liamara Hensel Berg
Final score: H&FR Haringey U15 2 H&FR Haringey U16 7
The match officials all performed admirably, especially so given the unusual circumstances of the match.
The Guest of Honour for this match was Gill Taylor, who is the Chair of Middlesex FA’s Women and Girls Committee. Gill was introduced to the teams and match officials before the kick off and presented the Cup and individual mementoes afterwards. She chose U16 striker, Shakira Kafero-Roberts as Player of the Match.
The match attendance was 62.
Hinton & Finchley Revolution U15 Haringey: Liamara Hensel Berg (capt), Ella Kostem Stephens, Rosie Mowatt, Rosie Davies, Tabi Jackson, Rhiann Grant, Saoirse Hourigan, Trea Hourigan and Leah Brodkin.
Manager: Adem Ali
Hinton & Finchley Revolution U16 Haringey: Teida Nkamoto, Tayla Dennis (capt), Lola Shack, Emily Pickard, Amber Leighton, Sarah McDermott, Rimini Lowe, Shakira Kafero-Roberts, Mia Obeng, Justine Roberts, Alena Hubbard, Megan Peters-Weise and Chloe Ions.
Coach: Jack Manzi
Referee: Ariel Ward Assistant Referees: George Allman and Pat Klosinski Fourth Official: Beverley Adeboye.
As ever we thank Chris & Jim for covering the match, they have selected some of the key images from the match, whilst Chris has also kindly provided a full album of imagery from the game.
Chris & Jim's Picks
Full Album Courtesy of Chris Benn