Soccer | Albury High girls take on pacesetters in a must-win final

Albury High School’s Bill Turner Cup soccer squad girls will take on perennial powerhouse Westfields Sports in the semi-final next week. Picture: KYLIE ESLER

Albury High School’s Bill Turner Cup soccer squad girls will take on perennial powerhouse Westfields Sports in the semi-final next week. Picture: KYLIE ESLER

ALBURY High School is under no illusion as to the challenge they face in making the semi-finals of the Bill Turner Cup.

The school’s under-15 girls’ soccer side won through to the penultimate round with a courageous 3-2 win against Bathurst’s McKillop College a week ago in the quarter final.

But Albury now takes on Westfields Sports at Glen Park on Tuesday.

The specialist western Sydney sports school has won four of the all-comers cup in the past six years and has been runner up on the two other occasions.

Albury City’s Sally Lynch, also a student at Albury High, has taken on the coaching role of the side this year.

“We know we face a mammoth challenge but the girls have just continued to improve,” she said.

“And importantly 10 of the 15 in the squad can still play next year.

“Our defence is good but it is the middle of the park where we are at our strongest — that will be tested next week.

“Most of these girls play club soccer at the weekend so they know what to do, my job has been just directing traffic.”

Manager Guy Fahey said Gracie Wilson-Cooper had inspired the side to their quarter final win.

“We dominated possession but let them into the contest,” he said.

“Gracie deserves a special mention — with her team down to 10 she returned to the field after a heavy knock to inspire the girls to victory.”

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