Premier League Primary Stars

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Ovingham Middle School U11 Girls reached the Primary Premier League Stars final at Leicester City’s King Power Stadium.

The Premier League Primary Stars tournament kicked off on the 23rd May 2018 at the King Power Stadium, home of Leicester City. Over 12,500 young people and over 1600 teams took part in regional competitions for the chance to represent their Premier League club on the grand stage. Ovingham Middle School represented Newcastle United and certainly showed why they deserved to represent them. The girls were drawn in a group with: Bournemouth, Brighton, Chelsea and Leicester. The girls were excited but nervous as they stepped out of their comfort zone and on to the pitch in front of thousands of spectators.

The first game was Bournemouth and the girls started fast after shaking off nerves and started to find themselves on top without playing their renowned passing football. However, after a lot of strong attacking play, chance after chance went begging. The girls defended well and managed to shut out a strong Bournemouth player who represents Southampton Academy but the game ended 0-0. The girls took the positives from this match with a clean sheet and the creation of lots of chances. Lily W took the girl of the game accolade after a strong display in centre midfield.

Next up, the girls faced Brighton who won their opening fixture so they were top of their group. They were playing on pitch one in front of the stand with the entire crowd in and the strong support helped OMS battle back from 1-0 down. Brighton took the lead due to a mistimed bounce which their striker dispatched past Lois. This brought Ovingham to life with Anna and Emily playing some superb passing football from defence. Ovingham equalised when Lillie C finished off a brilliant passing move. The girls were full of confidence and Rose R broke free and smashed the ball in to the back of the net which lead to all of the girls celebrating together which demonstrated the togetherness of the team. After another slick passing move, Emily and Lily connected together to play through Rose who made it 3-1. Finally, a free kick was awarded for a bad foul and up stepped Lillie C to score an unbelievable goal by chipping the ball into the top corner. The girl of the game accolade went to Rose R.

The girls were now top of the group and had Chelsea to play. The OMS girls took a few minutes before they started playing their fluent football but Chelsea were managing to defend their goal well. Chelsea sat on the edge of their box and defended well which was frustrating OMS. Finally, OMS scored when Lillie C smashed the ball past the goal keeper into the bottom corner. A vital 3 points for a solid team display, with Lillie C getting the girl of the game award due to a relentless display.

The final group game was against Leicester which was always going to be tough in front of the home crowd. The girls knew that a point should be enough to see them through to the next round. A tight, nervous game ended 0-0 with OMS defending well. The girl of the game was Emily D for a solid, tenacious performance in defence.

The semi-final was up next and it was Newcastle United vs Manchester City. The girls played unbelievable passing football through out and put on a spectacle for the crowd. Lillie C scored a screamer after slick passing which lead to Rose laying the ball off for it to be smashed in to the top corner. Emily, Anna and Millie put in very strong defensive displays which lead to the girls dealing with any danger. Lillie C then scored another brilliant goal after fantastic team work to send the girls in to the final. The girl of the game could have gone to anybody but Lillie C was awarded it thanks to her brilliant goals.

Newcastle United vs Everton was the final fixture. Ovingham started off brilliantly taking the game to Everton and the girls created lots of chances. The girls were very unlucky and on another day may have scored 2 or 3 goals. Everton then took control of the second half of the game when their superb midfielder who represents Liverpool academy scored 2 and set up another. The girls fell short in the final but they were still amazing. This was still an unbelievable achievement for Ovingham Middle School making it to the final 2 from 1600 teams.

Thank you to NUFC for their amazing support and congratulations to Everton! A very proud day for all involved.