Sunday 27 July 2014

Keele Tournament   Ladies Squad The 2014 Keele Cup Tournament saw Stoke City Ladies take three teams for the first time following a successful open trials and a number of excellent young talent stepping up from Stoke City’s Centre of Excellence. What a tournament it was ! The first team were entered into the Elite section named the Warrior Trophy whilst the remainder of the squad entered the open age Keele Cup. The first team smashed the group stages beating Middlesbrough, Crewe & Guiseley to take them through to the Sunday Semi Finals. It took a 4-3 win on penalties to beat Old Actonians in the Semi Final before another final against local rivals Wolves. The Wolves players had already been giving Stoke some grief from the sidelines as we had signed Jamilla Palmer & Courtney Jones and it didn’t help matters when Jamilla scored against her old club. Hostilities were raised further which resulted in one of the Wolves players being sent off. The final eventually ended up all square so the final also went to penalties. At 4-4 it fell to Jones as the final taker, as the Wolves girls ramped up the abuse pointing out that Jones had missed her penalty in the semi, she duly smashed the ball harder into the net than any shot seen during the weekend. Stoke Goalkeeper Alice Langstone was subsequently inspired to pull off a flying save to win the trophy. Triple 2-1 wins In the Keele Cup the other two Stoke teams both performed well to finish second in their respective groups against some quality opposition. They managed to avoid each other in the semi finals and both teams won their games 2-1 for a place in the final. Stoke C then beat Stoke A 2-1 in the final to take the Keele Cup. A quite remarkable achievement for Stoke City Ladies to enter three teams for all three to reach the final and win them both.