King Ecgbert School have been crowned queens of Wembley after a sudden-death penalty shootout win in the inaugural npower Football League Girls Cup Final.
Representing Sheffield United, King Ecgbert School sealed victory in dramatic fashion as opponents, and Watford representatives, Queens' School missed the decisive spot kick after both failed to score in normal time.
Having both hit home their opening three penalties, the tie went to sudden death. Both sides then hit the bar but a conversion by Ecgbert goalkeeper Tegan Allen-Warwick, followed by a heart-breaking miss from Queens' sent the trophy back to Sheffield.
"It felt amazing to win, I will never forget this feeling - I am going to tell my children," said a beaming Tilly Hallas Potts. "We were extremely nervous this morning but I knew we could do it - even when they hit the post I knew that we could win."
A national six-a-side competition for girls aged thirteen or under, the npower Girls Cup is designed to promote healthier lifestyles to children and engage with the next generation of stars.
Ecgberts and Queens' battled through ten rounds of local and regional tournaments to reach the competition's climax played ahead of kick-off in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final.
And either side could have taken the glory during the allotted 14 minutes after Cassandra Chase first struck the inside of the post for Queens' and her opposite number, India Thomson-Carr then had a one-on-one brilliantly saved by Jordan Littleboy.
Queen's teacher Katie Wilding added: "It has been a great day out and we have fantastic memories. It is a shame to lose it on penalties but that's football.
"They're such a great bunch of girls and they won't let it get to them. We came so close hitting the post but we will come back and do it again next year. Some of the girls will unfortuantly be too old but maybe we will see some of them run out here for England in the future."
Re-launched this season following sponsorship from Football League title sponsors npower, the competition is split into the Girls Cup and the Kids Cup - a national six-a-side competition for mixed U11 teams.
Delivered by The Football League Trust and the community teams at all 72 clubs, this year nearly 600 schools took part across the country in the Girls Cup meaning over 4,500 girls participated at some stage of the competition.
For more information on the npower Football League Girls Cup please visit www.npower.com/girlscup
|Queens' School representing Watford
||King Ecgbert School representing Sheffield United|
||India Thomson - Carr|
||Tilly Hallas Potts|
|Florrie Holland King