BHASVIC’s magical journey ends in national final defeat

BASVIC players after their AoC Cup final defeat to Barnsley College, May 4 2017 (Photo: BHASVIC)

BHASVIC enjoyed their best ever run in the national cup competition but were unable to add to their trophy triumphs (Photo: BHASVIC)

BHASVIC 2-6 Barnsley College

In the end it was not to be. The first ever national final proved a step too far in a remarkable season of success. But the students of BHASVIC – Brighton, Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College – have certainly put some of the county’s best young players on the national radar.

They lost in the Association of Colleges Cup final at Walsall’s Bescot Stadium to their counterparts from Barnsley College – never really recovering from a first-half goal blitz – to round off a campaign that has far exceeded the expectations of their manager, Joe McTiffen.

At the outset, McTiffen set his sights on retaining their Sussex League title and reaching the semi-finals of the national cup.

Having overseen success in both the Sussex League and League Cup, the AoC league title and reaching today’s final, he’ll be a happy man when the immediate disappointment of today’s defeat wears off.

The BHASVIC team (Photo: BHASVIC)

(Photo: BHASVIC)

Their South Yorkshire opponents effectively won the final in the opening half-hour, racing into a three-goal lead courtesy of two Amy Woodruff goals and one by Brittany Sanderson, which Woodruff created.

Henna Butcher pulled one back for BHASVIC two minutes later, but Sanderson‘s second, just before half-time, killed off any hopes of a dramatic comeback by the Sussex college.

Butcher struck again on 62 minutes, but Woodruff completed her hat-trick four minutes later to give Barnsley a 5-2 lead before Sanderson sealed her own treble with Barnsley’s sixth.

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