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Girls’ football focus on the season ahead

The girls' football 1st XI take kick off in an ISFA National Cup match

The success of the Lionesses and the Women’s Super League has swelled interest in the sport and the pupils are displaying their passion on the pitch.

On the pitch

Before Christmas, the 1st XI faced Cheadle Hulme School in the opening round of the ISFA National Cup. A strong first half performance saw the team race into a 3-0 lead. A tighter second half ensued with both teams bagging two goals each. The girls were delighted to secure a 5-2 win that saw them into the next round where a home match against Rossall School awaited.

The girls' football 1st XI defend their goal in an ISFA National Cup match

The visitors, who have a strong pedigree in the competition, proved to be too strong for the SGS players and came away with the win. The girls relished the opportunity to test themselves against such strong opposition in the second round and will use the experience to continue to improve as the season progresses.

The Senior footballers will also take part in a Macclesfield 5 League tournament later in the Spring term.

The Under 15 Girls start their cup challenge with a home tie against AKS Lytham on Thursday 2nd March.

On the captain’s board

Emily Mills is the first girls' football captain to have her name on the SGS Captains board

The Player of the Match for the ISFA National Cup first round game was captain Emily Mills.

On the training pitch

The Friday morning training sessions are well attended by players from all year groups and this is great preparation as they look ahead to the official start of the season in the Summer Term.

Lily’s safe hands

Fourth Year goalkeeper Lily Groves is thoroughly enjoying training with Manchester City’s Under 16 squad

Fourth Year pupil Lily Groves is thoroughly enjoying training with Manchester City’s Under 16 Squad. The goalkeeper, who has been in a number of England camps, has played numerous games for the side – including in matches against Wolverhampton Wanderers Under 16s, Leeds United Under 16s, Glossop North End Boys, Newton Le Willows Boys and a touring academy side from Australia.

Lily has also been selected for the Under 15 ISFA squad and has played in goal in the last few rounds.