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Rovers narrowly miss out in EFL Girls Cup

Rovers represented at Fleetwood Town's training ground

11 January 2018

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Blackburn Rovers Community Trust were represented by St Augustine's RC High School in the North West regional finals of the Girls Cup on Thursday at Fleetwood Town's Poolfoot Farm training complex.

EFL clubs from across the region gathered on the Fylde Coast to participate in the competition, with the aim to reach the next round, and from there, reach the national final at Wembley Stadium later in the year. 

Ten teams participated on the day in Fleetwood, with the format being two leagues of five, with the top two advancing to the semi-finals before the winners of those two games faced off the Final. 

Rovers were pitted in a tough group alongside Preston North End, Carlisle United, Bury and eventual champions Bolton Wanderers. 

The footballers from St Augustine's showed a fantastic attitude and commitment throughout and wore the famous Rovers badge with pride. Despite their efforts, they narrowly missed out on a top two place in their league, with one win, one draw and two defeats. 

St Augustine's began with a defeat against Preston North End before a convincing victory against Carlisle United.

Their penultimate league fixture was a thrilling 3-3 draw against Bury before a defeat against winners Bolton Wanderers rounded off their participation in this year's Girls Cup.

Blackburn Rovers Community Trust's Andy Aspinall praised St Augustine's efforts and believes girls football is growing ever more popular by the year.

He said: "They have all enjoyed it which is the most important thing and they have all worked hard. 

"They should all be really proud of themselves for the effort they have put in against difficult opposition. 

"This is the highest standard of football I have seen at this stage of the competition. The finals we hosted at the Blackburn Rovers Indoor Centre before this round, we had 30 schools enter and we engaged with hundreds of girls wanting to play football so all in all it has been a positive experience for everyone involved."

To find out more information on how to take part in next season's EFL Girls Cup, please email Andy.Aspinall@brfctrust.co.uk


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