Girl power! Double joy for St Albans City Youth celebrated at tournaments

St Albans City Youth U11 girls won the club's own small-sided tournament.

St Albans City Youth U11 girls won the club's own small-sided tournament. - Credit: Archant

St Albans City Youth’s success at the club’s own small-sided tournament continued with the girls taking centre stage.

St Albans City Youth U10 girls won the club's own small-sided tournament.

St Albans City Youth U10 girls won the club's own small-sided tournament. - Credit: Archant

Both the U10 and U11 sides came out on top in yet more exciting tournament football.

The U11s North A had to battle past 11 other teams, including three of their club-mates.

They had been placed into group A, one of two six-strong groups, along with STACY North B, Stevenage Starlets A, Stevenage Snowcats, Knebworth Girls and Berkhamsted Rangers Asteroids.

And with only the winners of the group progressing, they came out on top after winning all five of their matches, scoring an incredible 19 and conceding none.

They started with a 3-0 win over Stevenage Snowcats with goals from Hannah Pope, Emma Bracey and Talia Joseph and followed that up with a 7-0 victory over Knebworth Girls, Pope adding three more, Joseph two and Scarlett Mills also getting a brace.

And they confirmed their passage with a 3-0 win over North B, 1-0 against Berkhamsted and 5-0 over Starlets A.

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Mills got four, Pope three and Joseph and Emma Bracey one each.

North B ended in third with three wins.

They bagged nine goals in total with Cora Baylis and Emilie Hicks both getting three, Scarlett Robb two and Ebba Taylor-Hugh one.

Marina McCullen, Caitlin Adair and Ruby Littlechild made up the rest of their team.

City Youth’s South B team shocked their counterparts in the A squad by finishing second, two places higher than them.

Anna Cox, Erin Mill and Violet Shepherd got their goals.

Second was good enough to get them to the third/fourth play-off where they lost 3-1 to Berkhamsted.

Cox got that goal with the remainder of their squad being Elisa Hebblethwaite Florence Tatlock and Katie Storey-Brown.

The South A squad were Purdy Brooks, Stella Ekblad-Piscitelli, Alicia Moss, Annalise Moss, Freya Elliot, Maya Elliot and Emily Martin.

But the day belonged to the North A who defeated Stevenage Starlets B in the final 2-0.

Neither team had lost going in to the showdown, nor conceded a goal, but second-half goals from Pope and Evie Cussans made sure the trophy would stay in St Albans.

Rebecca Smith was the final member of the squad who were presented with their prize by Sarah Kropman, head of the STACY girls’ section.

The U10s competition was made up from seven different clubs, split into two groups of five.

And the STACY girls, made up of Emma Bracey, Gabby Bradley, Alessia Cipolla, Vanessa Cipolla, Emily Edgecombe, Olive Jones, Sophie Lerwill. Scarlett Robb, Teagan Scarlett and Rebecca Smith were in sparkling form.

Smith, Alessia Cipolla and Robb gave them a 3-0 win over Bury Rangers A, before two from Scarlett and both Cipolla sisters earned a 4-0 success over Bedwell Rangers.

Meninas B were beaten 7-0, Robb and Scarlett getting two and Lerwill, Edgecombe and Bradley one each and they finished their tournament with a 6-0 win over Hitchin Belles White.

Robb and Scarlett again got two each wile Smith and Alessia Cipolla completed the triumph.

The U8s and U9s also had as festival of football.

The U8s contained 10 teams from seven clubs with the STACY squad consisting of Alexa Johnson, Sophea Bridge, Jessica Reeve, Siena Sahota, Charlotte Luckhurst, Olivia Wood and Sacha Davies enjoying two wins and a draw.

The U9s event had six teams with STACY entering two sides.

The Central team were Lauren Viney, Enya Brewster, Lucy Hosty, Alais Bell and Holly Green and they picked up a great 9-0 win over Stevenage Starletts.

The North’s side, Rachel Kincaid, Maisie Taylor, Sophie Harris, Chloe Freedman, Verity Lobina, Thegan Atwell, Shea Fagan and Sophie McMahon won two and drew one.