Mia saves day as Kirkham qualify

Kirkham U14 are through in the National Hockey Tournament

Kirkham U14 are through in the National Hockey Tournament

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Kirkham GS have qualified for the North of England finals in the National Schools Tournament after winning through the regional finals at Timperley.

They lost their opening match 1-0 to Greenbank High School, whose goalkeeper was in inspired form.

A must-win match against Sedbergh followed and KGS trailed 1-0 with 10 minutes remaining.

And when Sedbergh were awarded a penalty flick the game looked to have got away.

However, Mia Brennand saved the flick and this sparked a KGS revival.

Drama followed as Hannah Mears missed a penalty flick at the other end only to be given a second chance as the umpire ordered a retake, Hannah coolly slotting the ball past the keeper this time.

Sedbergh pressed for a winner but KGS defended resolutely, with Lucy Treaddell in excellent form in front of the defence.

With time running out, KGS broke down the right and Beth Dowbiggin met the cross to score the winning goal with the last touch of the match.

This left KGS as runners-up in their group and facing a semi-final against Altrincham.

Altrincham piled on the pressure as last ditch tackles, great saves and clearances off the line kept KGS in the game. A final score of 0-0 meant a penalty flicks competition. Three saves from Mia Brennand and successful flicks from Beth Dowbiggin, Lucy Barrow and Hannah Mears sent KGS through to the North of England Finals!

The KGS U12 and U13 teams won matches against Fylde coast neighbours Rossall.

The U12A won 5-0, with Beth Will-Dowbiggin scoring a hat-trick amd Lexie Fraser adding a brace.

Kirkham’s Agatha Barker-Mill, Aurelia Greenhalgh and Libby Baxter were resolute in defence.

The scoreline was the same in the U13A match as Darcey Lonsdale scored two, and there was one apiece for Lucy Treadell, Lizzie Coulston and Anna Wilkinson.

In the U13 B fixture, Lily Butcher scored a hat-trick, and Margaret Hodgson, Jemima Towers and Hannah Doyle were also on target in the 6-0 win over Rossall. Kirkham GS have qualified for the North of England finals in the National Schools Tournament afte winning through the regional finals at Timperley.

They lost their opening match 1-0 to Greenbank High School, whose goalkeeper was in inspired form. A must-win match against Sedbergh followed. and KGS trailed 1-0 with 10 minutes remaining.

And when Sedbergh were awarded a penalty flick the game looked to have got away. Mia Brennand saved the flick and this sparked a KGS revival.

Drama followed as Hannah Mears missed a penalty flick at the other end only to be given a second chance as the umpire ordered a retake, Hannah coolly slotting the ball past the keeper this time. Sedbergh pressed for a winner but KGS defended resolutely, with Lucy Treaddell in excellent form in front of the defence.

With time running out, KGS broke down the right and Beth Dowbiggin met the cross for a winning goal with the last touch of the match.

This left KGS as runners-up in their group and facing a semi-final against Altrincham.

Altrincham piled on the pressure as last ditch tackles, great saves and clearances off the line kept KGS in the game.

A final score of 0-0 meant a penalty flicks competition. Three saves from Mia Brennand and successful flicks from Beth Dowbiggin, Lucy Barrow and Hannah Mears sent KGS through to the North of England Finals!

The KGS U12 and U13 teams won matches against Fylde coast neighbours Rossall.

The U12A won 5-0, with Beth Will-Dowbiggin scoring a hat-trick amd Lexie Fraser adding a brace. Kirkham’s Agatha Barker-Mill, Aurelia Greenhalgh and Libby Baxter were resolute in defence.

The scoreline was the same in the U13A match as Darcey Lonsdale scored two, and there was one apiece for Lucy Treadell, Lizzie Coulston and Anna Wilkinson.

Kirkham led 3-0 at half-time, and though Mia Brennand had more to do in goal, the In the U13 B fixture, Lily Butcher scored a hat-trick, and Margaret Hodgson, Jemima Towers and Hannah Doyle were also on target in the 6-0 win over Rossall.

Katie Preddy had a hand in several of the goals.