Sunset’s girls win U15 FA Cup

Sunset FC 2017 U15 Girls FA Cup Champions

It’s been quite a year for the girls’ teams of Sunset Football Club. Nearly a month after the U13 team capped their season with an FA Cup title, the U15 team – with some of those same girls – was at it again on 5 June.

Standing in the way of more FA Cup glory, were familiar rivals Elite Sports Club. And what a game it turned out to be, needing extra time to determine the winner.

Sunset controlled possession for much of the first half but Elite made better use of their opportunities and took the lead thanks to a goal from Stoyana Stewart. Elite sported a 1-0 lead at the half.

Stoyana Stewart (10) scored twice for Elite.

The lead was not safe, as the young ladies of Sunset FC were determined to maintain their unbeaten run through 2017. The equaliser came compliments a strike from Molly Kehoe, who nearly put her side ahead a few minutes later but the shot was just wide.

As Sunset pressed forward, Elite was ready for the counter attack and Stewart doubled her tally with a shot that was too hot for the keeper to handle. With the clock ticking toward the end of regulation Sunset stared defeat in the face but were undeterred. Kasey Golding levelled the score with a few minutes left and two 10-minute periods of extra time beckoned.

With the extra frames added, fatigue was sure to be a factor, especially following a day at school. But as the shadows lengthened across the field, it was almost poetic that Sunset’s best came at twilight.

Shayana Windsor scored the go-ahead goal with about halfway through the first extra time period and Jade Pitcairn surged forward with an insurance goal a few minutes later. With no further scores in the second added period, it ended 4-2 in favour of Sunset FC.

It was all over when Jade Pitcairn scored.

In a game that deserved no losers, there could only be one winner and Elite’s girls should be proud of the effort they displayed despite ending in defeat.

“They were amazing,” said Sunset’s coach Anna Boughey of her players. “It was a tough game and they struggled in the first half and it took them a while to get into their own game but were put under the pressure of extra time and they really shone. They went out there and showed what we are about at Sunset.”

She attributed the team’s success on the pitch to their collective strength. “It’s hard to pick just one of them. They played really well together all season and that’s why we’re in the position we’re in now,” Boughey said.

The girls celebrated by dousing their coach Anna Boughey.

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