Bedford claim Investec Girls' Schools U14 T2 title

Investec Girls Schools U14 T2 2020
Bedford Girls' School went an entire day unbeaten as they were crowned the 2020 Investec Girls' U14 Tier 2 champions at Reading HC.

Mya Lakhan was their star on the day, finishing as the tournament's top goalscorer and appearing on the scoresheet twice in the final as they beat King Edward's School, Bath 3-0.

St George's College and St John's School, Leatherhead both missed out on the final on goal difference and it was the former who emerged with the bronze after a shootout following a goalless draw in their play-off.

Investec Girls Schools U14 T2 2020 B

Pool A
Godolphin School 1-2 St George's College
St George's College started the day in perfect fashion but they were made to work hard for it by Godolphin School. Jenna Franks and captain Cat Patterson put St George's in a commanding position just after the quarter hour mark before Olivia Gomarsall halved the advantage. However, despite their best efforts, Godolphin couldn't find an equaliser.

Bedford Girls' School 3-0 Wellingborough School
Bedford showed an early statement of intent as they cruised to victory over Wellingborough in their first game. Lakhan opened the scoring in the eight minute with her first of the day before doubling the lead in the 21st minute. Megan Howlett then added a third shortly after to secure the points.

St George's College 3-0 Wellingborough School
An exhilarating second half performance by St George's saw them make it two wins from two by beating Wellingborough. Neither side could break the deadlock in the first half but three goals in seven minutes from Anabel Shawyer, Emma Furness and Katie Linn could not be answered.

Bradford Grammar School 0-2 Bedford Girls' School
Two goals in three minutes from Lakhan propelled Bedford to a second win in as many games and kept them firmly in the hunt of a chance to reach the final. Bradford made them work hard but a field goal and corner from Lakhan proved to be their undoing.

Godolphin School 2-2 Bradford Grammar School
Bradford produced a fantastic second half comeback to claim their first point of the day. Gomarsall had given Godolphin an early lead before Millie Wills doubled their advantage in the ninth minute but Laura Kraft brought Bradford back into the game early in the second half. Captain Rebecca Flaherty then found the equaliser in the 22nd minute to ensure both teams got off the mark.

St George's College 0-0 Bedford Girls' School 
Having both won their opening two games, neither of these teams could be separated in a close and intense battle.

Godolphin School 1-5 Bedford Girls' School 
Bedford gave themselves a strong chance of qualifying for the final with a thumping win over Godolphin. Ria Lakhan - younger sister of Mya - was the star of this game, scoring twice, while Howlett also notched her second of the tournament. Molly Lincoln had opened the scoring for Bedford, while Faith Adeyemi-Abere finished it in the 23rd minute, moments after Gomarsall found the net for Godolphin.

The result meant that Bedford finished their four games with a total of 10 points and a goal difference of +9. That meant St George's had to win their final game by six goals or more to guarantee themselves a place in the final.

Bradford Grammar School 1-0 Wellingborough School 
Eleanor Dawson's 16th minute goal was enough to hand Bradford their first win of the day in a tight affair with Wellingborough.

St George's College 3-0 Bradford Grammar School 
St George's ended the group stages with an easy win over Bradford but it wasn't enough to secure their place in the final. Three goals in five minutes from Franks (2) and Patterson had put them a commanding position after 16 minutes but they couldn't find the other three goals needed to see them usurp Bedford at the top of Pool A.

Wellingborough School 0-2 Godolphin School 
Gomarsall's fourth goal in as many games helped Godolphin claim their first win of the day and finish the group in third position. Having netted in each of the previous three fixtures, Gomarsall was on target again after just five minutes before Wills secured the win early in the second half.

Final Standings
1) Bedford Girls' School (Final)
2) St George's College (Third/Fourth Play-Off)
3) Godolphin School
4) Bradford Grammar School
5) Wellingborough School

Pool B
Cranbrook School 1-0 Wrekin College
Alex McGarry's ninth minute strike was enough to see Cranbrook take all three points after a tough game against Wrekin.

King Edward's School, Bath 0-0 St John's School, Leatherhead
Nothing could separate these two teams as they played out a goalless draw in their opening group game.

St John's School, Leatherhead 3-1 Wrekin College
Jess Hyde's double powered St John's to their first win of the championship. They had trailed in the third minute as Charlotte Ferguson caught them cold but Hyde equalised three minutes later. She then gave her side the lead in the 18th minute before a late goal from Mya Murphy secured the points.

Queen Margaret's School 0-0 Cranbrook School
The second goalless game of the group stage was played out between these two as both defences impressed.

King Edward's School, Bath 3-1 Queen Margaret's School
King Edward's eased to their first win of the day to put them in with a strong chance of finishing top of the group at the halfway stage of the day. Sophie Franklin-Adams gave her team an early lead before captain Izzy Reid doubled the advantage in the 17th minute. Florence Forbes drew one back for Queen Margaret's but Dotty Hodge's goal shortly after quelled any hopes of a comeback.

St John's School, Leatherhead 2-0 Cranbrook school 
St John's extended their unbeaten run in Pool B and ended Cranbrook's thanks to two second half goals from Hyde and Farah Patel.

King Edward's School Bath 1-0 Cranbrook School 
Zoe Trezies' second minute effort was enough to secure a second consecutive win for King Edward's and claim an important win in their bid to reach the final.

Queen Margaret's School 1-1 Wrekin College 
Wrekin claimed their first point of the day with a credible draw against Queen Margaret's. That came after a seventh minute strike from Wrekin's captain Saffron Pemberton-Jandu cancelled out an earlier effort from Zoe Usher.

Wrekin College 0-3 King Edward's School, Bath 
St John's School, Leatherhead 1-0 Queen Margaret's School 
Heading into the final round of matches, St John's were in pole position to reach the final as they topped the group on seven points. King Edward's were also on the same number of points but sat second by virtue of having a worse goal difference.

However it was the latter who made it through to the final after easing past Wrekin thanks to another goal from Trezies and a double from Bella Fitzgerald. St John's also emerged victorious but could only muster one goal, courtesy of Hana Blackman, which meant they slipped to second in the group and were left to fight for the bronze.

St George's College 0-0 (2-1 SO) St John's School, Leatherhead (Third/Fourth Play-Off)
Both teams headed into this game looking for some consolation after agonisingly missing out on the final. And it was St George's who took home the bronze medal after winning the shootout, with Furness and Linn on target while Amy Richards kept out four of the five efforts that she faced.

Bedford Girls' School 3-0 King Edward's School, Bath
Bedford ended a near-perfect day in the best possible fashion as they strode to the U14 T2 title. Howlett opened the scoring in the 11th minute before Lakhan scored her fifth of the day less than a minute later to give her team a commanding half-time lead. Lakhan then added another in the 22nd minute to put the icing on the cake and see Bedford lift the trophy in front of their fans.

England Hockey would like to thank the following for their help in making this event happen:
  • Tournament Director - Debbie Garner
  • Technical Officers - Steve Kirby, Ben Redwood
  • Judges - Yvonne McCartney, Bob Jordan, Hilary Kay, Derek Rutherford
  • Umpires Manager - David Elworthy
  • Assistant Umpires Manager - Chris O'Hagan
  • Umpires - Mariette Truter, Martyn Shuttler, Sam Church, Kevin O'Linn, Simon Milford, Mark Cumming, Georgia Mann, Beth Hall, Alan Wade