2022 – Don & Dearne Girls’ Cup

Penalties decided the first ever Don & Dearne Girls’ Cup held at Dearne & District JFC in Goldthorpe. Despite multiple periods of golden-goal extra-time Brampton Ellis and Mexborough St. Johns could not be separated. In the shoot-out St. Johns won 2-1 with penalties from Daisy C and the all important winner from Gracie W.
Up until the final, Brampton Ellis had been the only team to win all four of the matches, including a 2-0 victory against St. Johns.

Champions – Mexborough St. Johns – unbelievably strong defensive performance throughout the competition and this gave them the platform to take their chances when they came up. In the final, they kept their calm in the shootout and made history by becoming the first school to ever win the Don & Dearne Girls Cup! Congratulations MSJ!

Runners Up – Brampton Ellis – played their part in an entertaining and incredibly tense final that went to penalties. So close to glory and had a couple of chances in the final to win it. Unbeaten throughout qualifying and the finals day, their only “loss” was via a penalty shoot out in the final.

3rd – Wath C of E – recovered from a heartbreaking golden goal loss in the semi finals to secure third place. Played some superb attacking football throughout the tournament.
4th – Goldthorpe Sacred Heart – consistently good throughout qualifying and the finals, impressive considering their teacher told me that hardly any of them play football regularly. I hope that some of them are now inspired to look for opportunities to play for local teams!
5th – Thorogate & Gooseacre – no separating these two schools in the end. Both recovered from early setbacks to finish the tournament strongly, great resilience shown.

7th – Swinton Queen – unlucky not to make the semi finals, they finished third in their group and one extra goal would have put them into the top two and would actually have given us a different winner!
8th – Rawmarsh St. Josephs – brilliant attitude throughout the tournament, kept going despite a couple of losses and the girls were a credit to their school. Remember, it’s 8th out of 18 schools.

VAR was in use during the final.

Phil Gregg’s photos from the latter stages of the competition:


Group A
Thorogate 0 Wath CE 4
Gooseacre 0 Sacred Heart 3
Thorogate 0 Sacred Heart 2
Gooseacre 0 Wath CE 1
Thorogate 1 Goosacre 0
Wath CE 2 Sacred Heart 2

Group B
St. Johns 0 Queen 0
Brampton Ellis 4 St. Josephs 0
St. Johns 1 St. Josephs 0
Brampton Ellis 1 Queen 0
St. Johns 0 Brampton Ellis 2
Queen 0 St. Josephs 0

ITV Calendar’s Chris Dawkes interviewing a Sacred Heart player.

4th/5th/6th/7th Preliminary
Thorogate 1 St. Josephs 0
Queen 0 Gooseacre 1 (Golden Goal)
7th Place play off – Queen 2 St. Josephs 0
5th Place play off – Thorogate 0 Gooseacre 0

Wath CE 0 St. Johns 1 (Golden Goal)
Brampton Ellis 2 Sacred Heart 1
3rd place play off – Sacred Heart 0 Wath CE 1 (Golden Goal)

Brampton Ellis 0 St. Johns 0
(St. Johns win 2-1 on penalties)

Referees Lewis Pursglove and Jason Bennett

Wath Qualifier – hosted by Wath C of E
Teams to progress: Brampton Ellis & Wath C of E

Brampton Ellis – undefeated in the Wath qualifying tournament
Wath C of E – 2nd in the qualifying tournament

Brampton Ellis 2 Wath St. Josephs 0
Wath C of E 1 Fitzwilliam 0
Brampton Ellis 1 Wath C of E 0
Wath St. Josephs 3 Fitzwilliam 0
Wath C of E 1 Wath St. Josephs 0
Brampton Ellis 0 Fitzwilliam 0

Thanks to Paul Beevor of Wath C of E for organising, hosting and refereeing. Thanks also to the other teachers who helped out by refereeing.

Dearne Qualifier – hosted by Astrea Dearne Academy
Teams to progress: Thurnscoe Gooseacre & Goldthorpe Sacred Heart

Gooseacre topped the Dearne qualifying group
Goldthorpe Sacred Heart finished 2nd in the Dearne tournament

Thanks to Andy Morton for organising and Astrea Dearne Academy for hosting

Mexborough Rangers Qualifier
Teams to progress: Mexborough St. Johns & Swinton Queen

Mexborough St. Johns – 4 wins out of 4 in qualifying
Swinton Queen – 2nd place in the qualifier at Mexborough Rangers

A massive thanks to Mexborough Rangers, in particular Ian Doyle, Jason Bennett and Declan Doyle. Thanks also to Linda Trow (Queen) for stepping in to record the results.

Montagu 0 Windhill 1; MSJ 3 Wath Central 0;
Montagu 0 MSJ 1; Queen 5 Wath Central 1;
Montagu 1 Queen 2; Windhill 0 MSJ1;
Montagu 1 Wath Central 1; Windhill 1 Queen 1
MSJ 2 Queen 0; Windhill 1 Wath Central 1

Rawmarsh Qualifier – hosted by Thorogate
Teams to progress: Thorogate & St. Josephs

St. Thomas 1 St. Josephs 0
Thorogate 1 St. Josephs 1
St. Thomas 1 Thorogate 1
St. Thomas 1 St. Josephs 2
Thorogate 1 St. Josephs 1
St. Thomas 0 Thorogate 1

Thanks to Jon Bedford for organising, hosting AND refereeing.