St Joseph’s Catholic Academy win the 2019 EFL Girls Cup!

St Joseph’s Catholic Academy won the 2019 EFL Girls Cup on Sunday, with both themselves and Mangotsfield School putting in a performance to be proud of at the iconic Wembley Stadium.

In what was an excellent contest and a fitting end to this year’s competition, St Joseph’s – representing Checkatrade Trophy finalists Sunderland – won 3-1 against their opponents, who were representing Bristol Rovers.

Before kick-off, there was a special surprise in store, as England international Jordan Nobbs gave both teams a pre-match team talk and posed for photos.

The game itself was the perfect precursor to the Checkatrade Trophy Final, with fans of both Sunderland and Portsmouth getting behind the girls. Jess Harvey gave Mangotsfield School the lead with a superb finish, but another well-taken goal, this time from Sophie Greener for St Joseph’s, meant it was level at the break.

After the interval, Greener also claimed an assist, with a piece of individual brilliance seeing her set up Eve Parker to fire home. Parker then scored her second to seal the win and the trophy, going through on goal and slotting the ball into the bottom right-hand corner.

Both sides received medals in the Royal Box after the game in recognition of their fantastic achievements in the 2018/19 Girls Cup, and St Joseph’s lifted the trophy to great applause around Wembley.

After the game, Greener said: “It feels amazing to say I’ve played at Wembley, and even better to say that I’ve scored. Meeting Jordan Nobbs before the game, someone who’s been here before, made us even more confident.”

Parker added: “Not many professional players get the chance to play at Wembley, so to play there at this age and score two goals is amazing. It feels like the whole journey has been worth it, it’s been amazing and it’s great to play with such talented girls.”

Alicia Berry, Assistant Curriculum Leader of PE at St Joseph’s Catholic Academy who was there on the day to support the girls said: “It’s hard to put into words how I’m feeling to be honest.

“I’m over the moon. It’s probably one of the proudest moments of my life to say that we have such talented girls and that they have had the opportunity to showcase their talents at a stage as big as Wembley. I’m so pleased for them.”

Everyone at the EFL Trust would like to congratulate both teams and thank them for their part in what was a memorable day for those involved.

Girls Cup Area Finals Round-Up

The Kinder + Sport Girls Cup Area Finals have taken place over the last month, with each school representing their local football club in a bid to go one step closer to Wembley and make the Regional Finals of the competition.

Here’s a look back on some key moments during the Area Finals…


BIG WINS: Haslingden High School PE Faculty (representatives of Blackburn Rovers FC Community Trust) pulled off some fantastic results in the Area Finals, they won 6-1 and 7-1 in their first two matches and held their nerve to beat Wigan Athletic 4-2 in the final!

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UNLUCKY: Wigan Athletic were incredibly unfortunate to miss out on a Regional Finals place. Despite winning all of their group matches including their fixture against Blackburn in the build up to the final, they lost 4-2 against Rovers in the decider!

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UNBEATEN AND PROLIFIC: Holy Trinity School representing Barnsley FC Community remained undefeated throughout the whole of the Area Finals and their top goalscorer Lucy goes into the Regional Finals having already bagged 14 goals so far in the competition!

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TEAM SPIRIT: Peterborough’s final at Nottingham was incredibly tense against Derby County. It seems as though their close team spirit got them through to secure a 1-0 win and go one step closer to Wembley.


REIGNING CHAMPIONS: Last year’s EFL Girls Cup winners Shrewsbury Town, represented by Thomas Telford School, remained unbeaten throughout their Area Finals tournament with 5 wins and 1 draw.



GORDANO SCHOOL DO IT AGAIN: Dan White, Bristol City Community Trust’s head of operations said: “It was great to see representation from all the professional clubs in the region and I am delighted Gordano Secondary School have managed to progress to the next stage and will be again representing Bristol City.”


ON FORM: Top scorers Thompson and Gordon of Waingels PE department representing Reading FC play a key part in securing their place in the Regional Finals.


TALENTED: Waldegrave School representing Brentford FC’s coach Jamie Tompkins was full of praise for his players as they progress into the next round on the road to Wembley.


LAST GIRLS STANDING: A late goal seals it for Luton Town representatives Queensbury Academy, as they win 1-0 against Cambridge United in the final and claim the last spot in the Regional Finals.


Teams through to the North Regional Finals to be played in Sheffield on 3rd March 2017:





Teams through to the South Regional Finals to be played in Swindon on 1st March 2017:

Bristol City


Luton Town


The two teams who are victorious in the North and South Regional Finals will proceed to play at the Grand Final at Wembley on 2nd April 2017.