AN ISLE of Wight girls' football team have been crowned champions of Hampshire in dramatic fashion after winning their final match of the season.

The U16 County 1 Championship was won by the Vectis girls' team on Saturday.

Vectis strolled to a 6-1 victory against fourth-placed Winchester Flyers.

Off the back of a hard-fought victory in their previous match against title rivals, the Eastleigh Spitfires, the girls knew that only a win in their last game would be enough to land the title.

The Islanders set up the final day drama having gone on a superb five-game winning run — the best possible reaction to the disappointment of defeat in the Hampshire Cup final last month.

Isle of Wight County Press: Vectis U16s right back, Ellie Monk (wearing 3), keeps up the pressure on the Winchester Flyers.Vectis U16s right back, Ellie Monk (wearing 3), keeps up the pressure on the Winchester Flyers.

The wins heaped pressure on Eastleigh, who left Vectis with their destiny in their own hands on the final day.

The conditions in Winchester were hot and energy sapping, with the early exchanges evenly contested with both teams going close on an uneven surface.

As the contest developed, Vectis gained control of the midfield and made their superiority count with a long-range strike from Phoebe Connor in the 25th minute to open the Islanders' account.

Buoyed by the goal, Vectis went on to double their advantage moments later when skilful winger, Mia Richardson, crashed the ball home from a tight angle.

However, it was not all plain sailing for Vectis — Winchester stunning them with a goal with the last kick of the half, to pull it back to 2-1.

Isle of Wight County Press: Thea Broadhead completes her hat-trick — slotting home the final goal for Vectis U16s in their 6-1 hammering of the Winchester Flyers.lyers.Thea Broadhead completes her hat-trick — slotting home the final goal for Vectis U16s in their 6-1 hammering of the Winchester Flyers.lyers.

The half-time team talk by joint coaches, Connor Allen and Max Yardley,  certainly did the trick as Vectis emerged to eventually take total control of the second period.

It took a nervy 20 minutes for the team to re-establish their two-goal cushion, when Thea Broadhead, opened her account.

Three minutes' later, Broadhead was unmarked at the back stick to tap in from close range for her second, following a fantastic run and cross by Richardson, to make it 4-1.

The heat began to take its toll on the wilting Winchester outfit as Broadhead bagged her hat-trick with ten minutes remaining, following a scramble in the Flyers' penalty area.

To rub salt into Winchester's wounds, Vectis scored their sixth in the final moments — striker Faith Wagstaff rifling into the top corner.

The Vectis team comprised I.Adams, M.Jones, I.Mitchison, P.Connor, T.Yardley, T.Broadhead, A.Smith, S.Ford, F.Wagstaff, M.Richardson, G.McDonald, S.Brennen, E.Monk.

Many of the group will move on to play for women’s teams next season, but a core group of younger players will remain in the side to defend their title next season.

Vectis are seeking new players to join the squad. Anyone with a daughter in Year 10 interested in joining their ranks or would like further information, should contact Connor Allen on 07932-888648.