Balby Carr have been crowned the country’s best college girls football team after clinching the English Colleges FA National League Cup.
A Leah Hardy strike gave Balby a 1-0 win over tough opponents Gateshead College as they lifted their second cup in what has been an incredible footballing season for the Doncaster-based academy.
Yesterday’s final at Stoke City’s Britannia Stadium also proved an emotional occasion for the current English Schools FA champions because it was the final time the year 13 girls would play for Balby Academy of Sport.
Their winner came courtesy of a blitzing run from Ashleigh Mills who found Hardy and she proved the coolest player on the pitch as she slotted home.
With some half time words from coach John Buckley, Balby knew they had it all to do as Gateshead came back at them following the interval, probing for an equaliser.
However, with the expertise of goalkeeper Megan Govier and her Doncaster team-mates denying the Gateshead contingent - who saw a chance crash off the underside of the crossbar - Balby proved more than difficult to beat as they celebrated a stunning victory in Stoke.
See the May 22 edition of the Doncaster Free Press for a full report on Balby’s incredible success.