Surbiton High School were celebrating at the end of the first ever Independent Schools U13 Girls National Finals Day as 100 girls from 10 schools battled it out at the national football centre at the National Football Centre, St George's Park.

In Group A it was Nottingham Girls High School and Shoreham College who started well, picking up wins in the opening matches, with Royal Russell and Headington both winning in the second round of matches. Royal Russell were soon displaying some excellent attacking football and went on to top the group with a 100% record. Shoreham College and Nottingham Girls High School played out an entertaining 2-2 draw as both teams battled it out to reach the semi-finals, with the latter defeating Queen Ethelburga’s in the final game to secure 2nd place in the group.

Group B saw Surbiton High and Cheadle Hulme start strongly with opening game victories before playing out a 0-0 draw against each other in the second round. Forest School and LVS Ascot both recovered from opening round defeats with victories in the next matches as they looked to keep the pressure on the teams above them but both Surbiton High and Cheadle Hulme continued to pick up victories and qualify for the semi-finals.

In the first semi-final Royal Russell once again showed their attacking quality, defeating a strong Cheadle Hulme side 2-0, whilst in the second semi-final Surbiton High came back to edge past Nottingham Girls High School 2-1 in a thrilling match. In a high quality Final both teams produced an excellent display of football, but it was Surbiton High School who took their chances and won the game 2-0 to become ISFA's first girls U13 independent schools national champions.

Full Results and League Tables

All photographs of the U11 Finals are courtesy of RWT Photography. These and other photographs of the match and the post-match presentations, along with the DVD fliming of semi-finals and Final, can be ordered from or by ringing 01733 204445.

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