Youth Academy Round Up

In this round up we bring you the latest in what has been a busy start to 2020 for our Youth Academy players both for club and representative teams.

Our Under 21 Dual-Career Academy have moved to the WSL (Women’s Super League) Academy Plate competition where they will play Brighton for a place in the Semi-Final.

Our Under 16 squads are fairing well in Junior Premier League sitting 1st and 4th in both the League and League Cup competitions and earning themselves a place in the FA Somerset Cup Finals. The success of these teams has saw numerous players get the chance to train with our first team as the vision to field a team from our own looks that little bit closer to reality.

The Under 14’s followed suit in their semi-final of the FA County Cup with an impressive performance and earn’t themselves a place in the final.  After a tough start to their season, the 14’s are adapting well to life in a boys league and the different challenge it provides to them.

Both age groups will face sides from AEK Boco on Somerset Finals Day.

Head of Youth Phil Hubbard commented on the season so far, “It’s been a brilliant season no matter what happens the rest of the season for our youth teams. We will still push the players to be better and to be competitive as ultimately we do want to create able and winning players. But to consider what has been put in place this season – we are now an academy at the forefront and that in turns attracts players too so it’s all really positive.

Away from the club there has been some impressive representative and school performances.

In the English Schools National Cup, Somerset defeated Dorset 3-1 to set up a final versus Lancashire. Between the two teams, eight players were from the Yeovil Academy. Congratulations to Keeley Banfield , Ellie Bell, Jasmine Read, Ella Smith, and Brooke Stirrup  and commiserations to Tia Asker, Abi Barker, and Summer Kilby. A well fought, contested game from both sides showing quality on the ball.

The latter stage of cup competitions don’t stop there, Clarissa Jackson shone for her Millfield Seniors in their English Schools FA Quarter-Final versus Cardinal Newton. The young forward scored two well taken goals to ease her side through in an entertaining but thoroughly deserved win.