Under 15’s Cup Final: AFC Worthing Youth Divas 4-3 Chichester City Ladies

AFC Worthing Youth Under 15's Girls - Cup Winners

AFC Worthing Divas won a thrilling cup final at Shoreham FC.

AFC Worthing Youth Divas U15 4 v 3 Chichester City Ladies U15
Date: 17/04/2016
Venue: Shoreham FC, Middle Road

On a bright sunny morning at Shoreham FC the Divas were starting their fourth cup-final in three years.

After a tight opening, Gypsy nodded the Divas into the lead as the Divas started to dominate the early part of the game with their crisp-passing football. Chichester levelled the score ten minutes later against the run of play. This only seemed to spur the Divas on in what was becoming a one-sided first half. Further goals from Lauren, who poked the Divas ahead to make the score 2-1, and a low drive from Millie meant the Divas went in at half-time well on top of things at 3-1.

The second half saw a similar pattern of play. The Divas dominated for long periods and were rewarded halfway through the half with a wonderful volley into the top corner from Ava Hutson. Chichester to their credit kept going and were always dangerous going forward. With fifteen minutes to go, Chichester were rewarded with a free kick just outside the Divas penalty box and pulled the score back to 4-2 with a thunderous free-kick. Sensing a comeback, the game became very stretched and was end to end, Within three minutes the cushion was down to a single goal. Another breakaway from Chichester resulted in a deflection that looped over the Divas goalkeeper despairing attempt to save. 4-3.

The last ten minutes were frantic. Sensing an improbable comeback, Chichester were piling the pressure on the Divas. With minutes to go another free kick was awarded to Chichester. The girls managed to block the effort and the resulting second attempt with keeper Darian making a brilliant save to deny the equaliser. While the last few minutes were frantic, the final score was 4-3 which although a close scoreline did not really reflect the pattern of play.

Winning the Cup was the first piece of silverware the the team has won after three previous attempts at U13s and U14s.

Well done girls!

Captain Millie Colbran leads the girls out at Shoreham FC

Worthing Girls - Cup Final Winners!

Pre match huddle

Post-match handshakes with Chichester

Post match celebrations following the win over Chichester Ladies

AFC Worthing Divas pre-match Cup-Final warm-up


Worthing girls celebrate one of their goals against Chichester

Lauren leading the ball away to safety from her defensive position

Georgia striding forward with the ball against Chichester

Worthing Under 15's Cup-Final Squad

Tia and Annabel post match

Craig Punter, U15's Divas Coach

Worthing girls appluading their opponents Chichester Ladies

AFC Worthing Youth Divas with their winners medals

Captain Millie Colbran with Cup and winners medal

Captain Millie Colbran receiving with cup

Smiles all round for the Worthing girls after winning the cup

Pre-match Cup final introductions.

Hannah Ifould
April 18th, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Congratulations girls, very proud of you all. Thank you to all the Coaches for their hard work this season

Craig Punter
April 19th, 2016 at 8:01 am

Thank you for your kind words Hannah there a pleasure to coach, great bunch of girls that want to achieve positive results and play great football.

Craig Punter
April 19th, 2016 at 7:58 am

Fantastic display of passing football once again girls, your will to win and hard work is so impressive and I’m extremely proud to be your manager, lets continue with this great form for the final three games and win the treble.

John King
April 27th, 2016 at 10:31 am

well done Divas great to see you winning the cup, And congratulations to Craig for making the team into a formidable force, Go on and win the league