Two Leyton Orient Advanced Soccer Schools (LOASS) girls sides suffered semi-final defeats at the Leicester City Ladies Invitational Tournament at the weekend.
LOASS Under-14s returned from Leicester without silverware, despite not conceding a goal during the entire tournament.
The Under-14s were undefeated after the group stages following victories over Sheffield United, Burton Albion, Rotherham United and local girls teams.
Sheffield United Girls achieved revenge later in the tournament as they shut out LOASS’ attacks in the semi final and knocked them out on penalties.
Like the Under-14s, LOASS Under-11s were unbeaten in the group stages and topped their group after five consecutive wins, including victories against Tottenham Hotspur and hosts Leicester Foxes.
Local side Braunstone Trinity, who LOASS defeated earlier in the tournament, halted the Under-11s' run at the semi-final stage.
Head coach Joe Sheehan applauded both teams for their effort: “The girls have had a terrific tournament and showed resilience and fortitude through difficult periods in the league phase.”
He continued: “The opposition today was of good quality and we have also shown that we can mix it up with the better sides in the county.”
LOASS will host their own invitational girls tournament on September 6 at the Score Centre in Leyton before the teams begin their 2014/15 campaign.