Girls Regional Talent Club enjoy FA Cup run
Shrewsbury Town’s Regional Talent Club has enjoyed some success in the Under-16s Girls FA Cup.
Town reached the last-16 of the competition thanks to a penalty shoot-out win over Milton Keynes, before bowing out of the competition at the hands of Wolves.
Shrewsbury Town in the Community’s Women’s and Girl’s Officer, Pete Wilson, was pleased with the players efforts.
“We played Milton Keynes a few weeks ago and it was fantastic encounter of football”, Pete said.
“It was two evenly matched teams and compared to 12 months, where we went there and lost 4-1 in a friendly, we are doing extremely well.
“We took a 1-1 draw and came back from 2-0 down on penalties to win 5-4, so it shows great resilience from the girls we have.
“For some of them it’s there first experience of proper football where once a sub is made that’s it, so it was a wake-up call that game time might be limited and you’ve got to go and make an impact.
“We got lucky in terms of the penalties, but we turned it around. Our ‘keeper made some really good saves and even scored the winning penalty.
“When we drew Milton Keynes we knew it was going to be tough because they are a tier above us, but we dug in, we did everything right, the game plan worked, there were no individual errors and they showed a lot of maturity.”
The Under-16s will be looking to step into the Ladies team in the near future and Pete is excited by what the future might hold.
“We’ve got seven players that will be moving up within the next 12 months”, said Wilson.
“We’ve got one that is already old enough and is just recovering from injury, so she could be making an appearance for the ladies this season, along with another couple.
“They are there to challenge and they are there to add to the squad with the ladies when we need it, but we don’t want to hinder their development and we want to make sure we get the best quality football for them and f that’s keeping them in the RTC for the rest of the season then we will do it.
“The Under-14s coming through are looking bright as well and our Under-12s have had a really positive start in terms of their development, so it’s pleasing across the board.”