YORK College under-19 girls’ bid for national glory at St George’s Park was wrecked by Chelsea Ladies’ striker Millie Farrow.
The Sim Balk Lane side had already created history by becoming the first football team from York to compete in an English Schools’ FA College final but went down 12-0 to Southampton’s Itchen Sixth Form College.
Farrow, fresh from playing for Chelsea Ladies in the FA Cup quarter-finals, struck eight times for a triumphant team that also included other players from Chelsea, Portsmouth and Brighton.
York had got to the final, held at England team’s national training base in Burton, by beating Runshaw 3-2 in the semi-finals, following a last-eight 12-0 trouncing of Moulton.
But Itchen raced into a 3-0 lead with Farrow completing her hat-trick within the opening 12 minutes.
After Lisa Bjornstad’s contol let her down in front of goal, Farrow went on to add a fourth two minutes later and skipper Laura Rafferty – a senior Northern Ireland international - rifled in a fifth past York keeper Ellie Frank from 30 yards.
On 21 minutes, Katie-Jo Duckworth prodded wide from eight yards but further efforts from Farrow and Atlanta Primus – the daughter of ex-Portsmouth defender Linvoy – saw York 7-0 down at the break.
Farrow added another within two minutes of the restart while York woman-of-the-match Jazz Whitwell held off two challenges with a strong run down the left before shooting over from an angled drive.
After Ellie Harrington made it 9-0, York then enjoyed their best spell of the match around the hour mark.
Midfielder Christina Myberg forced a save from the edge of the box after good work by Whitwell and Chelsea Calvert.
Captain Ellie Harding’s well-struck shot from a similar distance also dipped narrowly over and Itchen keeper Dee Alo Ilolo went on to fumble away a Bjornstad strike.
Primus made it double figures, though, with Farrow adding two more goals although Whitwell and Myberg both went close to claiming late consolations.
On the team’s efforts, head coach Jamie Rank said: “They are the first York College team – boys or girls – to reach a national final and, while we really enjoyed the experience, we are just sorry we didn’t raise our game in the final.
“It was very disappointing to sort of freeze on the day and that’s not taking anything away from Itchen, who were absolutely fantastic. Our girls know they didn’t put in a performance like they have done in previous rounds and their heads went down at 2-0.
“We then regrouped and passed really well to create some openings that we didn’t take in the second half but teams like Itchen are what we aspire to be in the future. The girls had a good look at some of the opposition who play for Chelsea and Northern Ireland and know what they have to do next season.”