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Youth football event’s huge popularity inspires plans for another tournament

07 June, 2018 — By Steve Barnett

Highbury Wolves Under-11s (in blue) celebrate their success after beating Tufnell Park (in yellow)

THE artificial pitches at Market Road in Islington hosted “a brilliant showcase” of girls’ football on Sunday as trophy-chasing teams took part in a an action-packed competition.

There were scintillating skills, tremendous teamwork and goals galore as players representing Arsenal in the Community, Camden Youth FC, Hampstead, Highbury Wolves, Islington Girls, Tufnell Park and Haringey Girls all turned out to tackle the ­challenge of the Camden and Islington Youth League Girls’ Football Tournament.

In the joint Under-12s and Under-14s event, Camden Youth added to their already packed trophy cabinet by beating Haringey 1-0 in the final thanks to a clinical finish from Tierney Gallagher.

The silverware success wrapped up a hat-trick for the club at Market Road, where they also won the Camden and Islington Youth League Under-12s title and the League Cup.

Meanwhile, youngsters from Highbury Wolves were also celebrating after seeing off competition from two teams representing Tufnell Park to win the Under-11s trophy after finishing top of a round-robin format.

Camden Youth beat Haringey to clinch the joint Under-12s and Under-14s trophy

League secretary Karen Greene said she was delighted with how well the showpiece was received, revealing plans for another girls’ competition before the new season gets under way in September.

“The tournament proved a huge success, with all the teams that took part getting the chance to play many competitive games,” she said. “The standard was exceptional.

“All the players thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Over 100 girls took part, and a great afternoon was had by all. We’re now looking to hold another tournament in September, and interested teams should get in touch.”

She added: “From two years ago when we started from scratch, to now when we have over 150 players competing in the girls’ league week in, week out, is fantastic. To have been able to watch it grow has been brilliant.

“We will be looking to increase the number of girls we have playing in the league again next season, and we’re always encouraging clubs who haven’t already to start up a new girls’ team and get involved.”

For more information call Karen Greene on 07785 224 888 or email greener106@btinternet.com with your details.

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