Girls' football round-up

BRANDON LASSES U11 travelled to Horsford on a cold Saturday morning. Horsford had the first attack, but between Ruby Robertson and Suzy Duggan they managed to clear the danger and set Brandon on their first attack.

BRANDON LASSES U11 travelled to Horsford on a cold Saturday morning. Horsford had the first attack, but between Ruby Robertson and Suzy Duggan they managed to clear the danger and set Brandon on their first attack. For the first 15 minutes it was a pretty even match, with the midfield of Leah Zawiasa, Georgia Dargan and Millie Bales working tirelessly to feed Jessie Whybrow up front, but with the Horsford defence standing firm Brandon had few chances. Brandon had a scare when Horsford missed an open goal. Brandon had to defend solidly and Katie Amacker made a series of good saves to keep Brandon in the game. Georgia nearly gave the Lasses the lead from a beautifully-placed Ruby corner but could not quite find the back of the net. With half-time approaching and the Lasses doing a fantastic defending job, Horsford broke through and scored. In the second half Horsford carried on where they left off, on the attack. Brandon were standing strong at the back, still trying to mount attacks but without success. Abbie Craigen was full of running and showing some nice touches, Freya Hayward was working hard up front, but was finding the Horsford defence too strong. With 10 minutes of the second half gone, Horsford split the Brandon defence to make it 2-0. Katie Amacker continued to make some great saves in the Brandon goal, but in the 20th minute she could not reach an inch- perfect lob. Brandon continued to defend well to see game out. Great defending performances all round. Final score: Horsford 3 Brandon 0, PoM: Katie Amacker.

BRANDON LASSES U15 travelled to Debenham LC and won 10-1. Brandon started slowly and it took a while to get their passing game going, finally they made the breakthrough with a goal from Megan Norton. The Lasses grabbed a second when Frankie Torrence scored from the edge of the area, and when a Brandon player was fouled in the penalty area it looked as if they might go in at half-time with a 3-0 lead but as everyone waited for the ref to blow, he waved play on and from a breakaway the home side scored. The second period began with Lasses in more determined mood and the goals came a lot easier. Harriet Mills helped herself to a second consecutive hat-trick, Sasha Dent scored her first two goals for the club, Kayleigh Nolan and two own goals rounded off the scoring, PoM: captain for the day Mariah Moules, who was the driving force in midfield.

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DEREHAM WANDERERS U12 GIRLS played Kirkley and Pakefield and were worthy 4-1 winners. The game was played on a difficult pitch but both teams enjoyed an entertaining game. Dereham attacked from the start and took an early lead with a good run and finish by Rochy. Erren and Hannah in defence were clearing any threats. Ella and Anna playing well in midfield with Cerys having a rare start up front were passing well and Rochy making it 2-0 with a header from a corner. Kirkley and Pakefield started to push forward with strikes from their bright midfield players, only for Drew to be alert to the danger with good saves. Rochy got her hat-trick with a scramble on the goal line. Mary came on making good runs, gaining confidence with every game. The second half Millie came on for Cerys exceeding herself again, taking on players a lot bigger than herself. Dereham kept up the pressure with very limited chances for Kirkley. Ella pushed up into attack and got a deserved goal to extend the lead to 4-0. After that Dereham relaxed a bit and Kirkley got a consolation goal. Girl of the Game: Rochy, another hard-working performance.

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DEREHAM WANDERERS U13 GIRLS played host to North Walsham Angels and after all scheduled meetings so far this season had to be postponed both teams were keen to get this game played. Dereham started the game very well and applied all the early pressure, they had been sent out with a clear message to work hard and get ahead, and this they did when Lanti opened the scoring, no more than Dereham deserved. They further capitalised when Chelsea finished off a cracking move between herself, Lanti and Merrick, Lanti added a third before North Walsham scored what was goal of the game with a free-kick that was dispatched from around 20 yards with pin-point accuracy. Bea restored Dereham's three-goal advantage shortly afterward, finishing off a move during which Lanti had displayed great skills, including a cheeky step over. Unfortunately the Walsham keeper seemed to injure herself in trying to stop the goal and while she bravely continued until half time she was unable to continue after the interval. There was time for Lanti to complete a first-half hat-trick to give Dereham a deserved 5-1 lead at the break. In the second half Dereham continued to play some great football, at times the passing and movement was as good as, if not better, than any time this season. Bea completed her hat-trick with goal numbers six and seven in a performance that earned her the manager's player of the week award, Lanti helped herself to a fourth and Chelsea finished off the scoring with goal number nine. This was a very good team performance and has given Dereham the psychological advantage ahead of the upcoming cup semi-final against the same team. Final score: 9-1.

HETHERSETT ATHLETIC U14 GIRLS put in a determined display at Aylsham but had to settle for a 1-1 draw after failing to convert a string of opportunities. Hethersett created three good chances in the opening five minutes. They took the lead after eight minutes when a good move involving Erica Hall, Sophie Cooke and Adelaide Mott saw Beth Evans fire in a shot which the keeper could only parry and Ella Stephenson was on hand to fire home. Aylsham came back into the game in the second half as Hethersett lost their shape and 15 minutes from the end, Aylsham broke through to notch the equaliser. Hethersett had strong appeals for a late penalty turned down.

SHRUBLANDS U13 GIRLS played Bungay Girls in what was a very cold and wet day. No end of games were being called off due to the weather but they decided to give it a try and with both teams giving it their all there was some good football played. This game was played in a fantastic spirit with Shrubs not having any subs to be able to swap girls around. Jess was due to only play half because of injury but battled on and played a full game. Beth was solid as ever until the cold set in and she needed to come off but played until the end not to let her team-mates down. The rest of the girls need a pat on back as well: Paige, Kayleigh, Nicky, Abbie, Courtney Charlton and Amber Merrick. With conditions finally getting better of both teams and score 9-3 the game was cut short with permission of both managers in the interest of all the girls who braved the elements. Thanks to all parents who helped with putting up and taking down the goals and Andy who runs the line. This is very much appreciated from all at Shrubs U13/14 Girls. Next game is at home to Halesworth Girls who need one point to ensure they are league champions for U13. This will be the fourth year running, well done. Shrubs are looking for new players for the 2011/12 season, if interested contact Steve on 01493-661548. You must not be signed for anyone else at moment or if you are please wait until the season finishes then get in contact. The club is sorry that one of the girls has decided to call it a day and good luck to her in what she chooses to do in future. Training is on Monday at YO Soccer from 7 to 8pm. All girls to attend please, very important session.

BOHEMIANS GIRLS U12 played at home to a very hard-working team Red Rose. Bohs managed to score first against the run of play but Red Rose hit back with two goals. Bohs were struggling in the first half, but managed to get a goal back before half-time to make it 2-2. In the second half Bohs came back onto the pitch with a lot more confidence and played as they have been so far this season, working well together as a team. With players put into different positions, with no sub, they had to work for their win. Megan scored her first two goals for the season, Nicole also scoring her first too. The score at the end was an 8-2 win. A great game girls, well done and still unbeaten. Get well Zoe.

WAVENEY U11 GIRLS travelled to North Walsham on Saturday and came away with a 6-1 win. Early in the game Waveney could not get started and North Walsham came out fighting. Within 10 minutes, North Walsham went ahead after poor Waveney defending. Despite this, Waveney rode their luck and against the run of play, S Callaghan ran through to put Waveney level. Just before half time, S Callaghan scored again with a low shot to make it 1-2. During the second half, a much improved Waveney team passed and shielded the ball with more confidence. Before long, the pressure paid and S Callaghan completed her hat trick. By now, North Walsham were under pressure. B Turner's corner went to L Robbens who shot to score a great goal, then soon after A Everson scored a high looping shot from distance. At 5-1 it seemed the game was over, but then a cruelly deflected corner which went in the net completed the scoring. D Newman and G Tiffin played well in defence, but notably, all the midfield girls came alive and snuffed out North Walsham's positive start. Sponsors (eon and Iceni Marine Services) Player of the match: L Robbens.

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