Following trials last year, Scarlett was selected to play for Middlesex SFA and despite suffering a serious injury whilst playing for the county earlier in the season, she showed real resilience in coming back even stronger to play a pivotal part in their successful end to the season.
On Saturday 15th June, the Middlesex Schools’ FA U14 Girls’ Representative Squad welcomed their equivalents from Essex to Rectory Park, the home of Middlesex County FA, for the South East England Schools’ FA (SEESFA) Cup Final. The visiting squad included 12 Regional Talent Club players and had won the national Inter-County Trophy. The fixture therefore represented a significant challenge for the Middlesex side.
Middlesex finished the game as 3-2 winners, becoming SEESFA champions for the first time since 2010. To claim the title is a truly momentous achievement considering the team was not back in existence until 8 months ago.
Middlesex Manager Adem Ali commented: “We knew coming into the game we were up against a fantastic squad. Taking on the National Champions was all the motivation the girls needed and they all put in superb performances.” After the game Middlesex Schools’ FA Vice-Chair Chris Ampofo said “It was a fantastic game and both teams should be very proud of their performances. This is a wonderful way to end the season and a great reward first and foremost for the players and their coaches but also for the many teachers, volunteers and match officials in Middlesex who give their time to support schools’ football. It is great to have a platform for the talented girls in the county.”
All at APS would like to say how proud we are of Scarlett’s achievements, which are all the more impressive when you take into account the challenges she has had to face in coming back from injury. Scarlett has represented the APS school football team ever since their first match in Year 7 and captained the girl’s football team to numerous successes over the last two years, most recently winning the Premier League Girls World Cup at Hertfordshire University hosted by Watford FC.