Victory will see Ivybridge represent region at Memorial Stadium

The drama of penalties played the decisive role in a thrilling 2017 EFL Girls Cup held at the Goals Soccer Centre in Plymouth.

On a glorious autumn day, Plymouth Argyle Community Trust welcomed schools from across the region for a festival of football.

After some tremendous games throughout the group stages and a highly competitive tournament, it was down to the final four, coming from South Dartmoor Community College, Eggbuckland Community College and two teams representing Ivybridge Community College. The Ivybridge teams were kept apart in the semi-final and it turned out to be one defeat and one victory for those girls, leaving a final contested by Ivybridge and South Dartmoor.

The ideal start for South Dartmoor saw them edge ahead within the first minute and they were tantalisingly close to getting their hands on the trophy when Ivybridge popped up with a fine equaliser, steered into the bottom corner.

The final whistle arrived and sent the teams to penalties, where the girls stepped up with the assurance of a German side in the World Cup. After some fantastic spot-kicks, Ivybridge finally prevailed and will now move forward to the regional finals held at Bristol Rovers in January.

For more information on the wide range of options available for female footballers, contact women and girls officer Michaela Phillips on:; or call (01752) 562 561 (ext.4).

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