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Underdogs triumph at the Launton tournament
Move over Leicester City, here is the latest remarkable story of footballing underdogs; and it has unfolded right here.
Chesterton Primary School, competing against girls’ clubs from around Oxfordshire, caused a genuine footballing upset as they triumphed at the Launton Ladies Under 12s football tournament on Saturday. To make their achievement even more impressive, the Chesterton Lionesses, made up of three current Year 6 pupils and three Year 7 former pupils, were playing together for the first time in nearly a year.
The story began nearly two years previously when I organised a girls’ football friendly to see how keen they were. After seeing the enthusiasm and talent on display in that game, we promptly set up a club for the girls to develop their skills and arranged for them to play friendly matches against other local schools. The Chesterton team were soon chalking up victories against larger schools and completed the season by winning every game. Seeking an extra challenge, the girls and I decided that they would enter the Launton Ladies tournament in June 2016. Clad in their new neon pink kit and with the sole aim of scoring just one goal, the team were delighted to reach the semi-finals, scoring four goals along the way. With half of the team moving onto secondary school that September, it seemed as if their footballing adventure together was at an end.

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Chesterton CE Primary School
Chesterton CE Primary School              Alchester Road, Chesterton, Bicester              Oxon OX26 1UN
Tel: 01869 252498              Fax: 01869 244012