Dereham girls heartbreak thanks to two late goals

The talented under-15 girls football team at Dereham's Northgate High School are coming to terms with a heartbreaking defeat in the sixth round of the English Schools FA cup.

The girls had gone further in the competition than ever before in the school's history and were confident of success.

In front of a packed crowd at the school last week there was jubilation when the girls went 1-0 up thanks to a Joy Farrell header in the first half and were all over their opponents from Havering in London, who boasted the current U15 England captain among their squad.

But disaster struck just 90 seconds from time when the visitors were awarded a free kick and managed to slot a goal into the Northgate net. They then scored again in extra time leaving the girls in tears as they left the pitch.

Teacher and coach Kit Circuit said everything seemed to be against them. 'We had a goal disallowed for offside and another girl was flagged up for offside when she was clean through,' he said. 'We were ahead for 80 percent of the game and were all over them even though they were much bigger than us. I was fighting back the tears at the end as well - I don't think we would have minded losing if we had been outclassed. But this was the biggest game in the school's history. We can keep this team for next year and I think they have a great chance of winning the whole competition.'