Treorchy Comprehensive School

Treorchy U16’s girls football team were crowned Welsh Champions on Saturday, banishing the disappointment of 2 seasons ago to comprehensively beat Prestatyn High school team that boasted two Welsh internationals in their side.

The U16’s girl’s route to the final has notched up an incredible 28 goals in 5 games. In the first round home game against Cwm Rhumney they won 6 – 0, in the second round they beat Monmouth Comprehensive school 6 – 0, in the quarter finals they won 8 -1 against Cefn Saeson and in the semis they beat a strong Cwmtawe side 6 – 1.
The final against Prestatyn on Saturday took place at The Venue, home ground of Welsh Premier team T.N.S. at Oswewstry, looked to provide a sterner test for the girls but there was no chance of the girls letting this opportunity slip through their hands. A late injury to right back Shannon Rees raised a slight issue on selection but with the strong squad of girls to pick from, a result of hard work, training and commitment Shannon was replaced by Emily Jones Yr 9.
The game started nervously from Treorchy’s point of view but two saves from goal keeper Fran Walurus and a battling mid-field bolstered by the added addition of striker Angharad Chown soon quashed any attack that Prestatyn could mount. In the 10th minute a pass from Gemma Evans found Alicia Davies the other side of the Prestatyn defence and a sweet shot with the outside of the boot sailed past the Prestatyn Welsh international goal keeper.
Prestatyn came back 5 mins later, a corner not dealt with affectively let Prestatyn score a scrappy goal. 8 mins later though, as Treorchy’s footballing ability and philosophy of passing and movement took hold. A fine Chloe Evans 20 yard pass from her own half, threaded through the Prestatyn defence, found Gemma Evnas in full flow and she whipped a cross into the box and it was met back post by Angharad Chown with a thumping header. That left it 2 – 1 half time.
After half time for 10 mins Treorchy with stood a resurgent Prestatyn but a resolute defence lead by Phoebe Lewis and Chloe Evans would not let Prestatyn back into the game. A fine save from Fran Walurus at the end of this period was the end of Prestatyn’s chances. Treorchy turned this defence into attack and the front line lead by Jenna Jones year 7 who held the ball up well to relieve pressure and chased the ball tirelessly all game. It was her good work that allowed Angharad Chown to grab her second goal of the game, a one on one effort with goal keeper that put Troerchy 3 – 1 up with 25 minutes to play. The final goal came from an excellently delivered corner from Alexie Clayton which found Alicia Davies in space and she smashed the ball into the roof of the net. The girls had won the Welsh Cup and the celebrations could begin.
The year 11 girls Alicia Davies, Alexie Clayton, Angharad Chown, Fran Walurus, Pheobe Lewis and Chloe Evans have been a credit to the PE department for a number of years, they have won every competition they’ve entered from rugby, basketball, rounder’s and football but on Saturday they comprehensively won the competition that they’ve work hard and trained for over the last five years.
The team also had a lot of younger girls playing in a competition against girls some four years older than themselves, which shows that the future is bright for girl football at Treorchy Comprehensive School, They are;
Yr 7
Katie Broome
Yr 8
Casey Goodenough
Kelsey Evans
Shannon Jones
Yr 9
Emily Jones
Georgia Jones
Stacey Symmons
Yr 10 Gemma Evans