Girls' games in spotlight

BRANDON LASSES U12 beat Cornard Dynamos 5-1. After losing out to Cornard the previous week for the league title the Lasses were determined to make amends in the Suffolk Girls' League final.

BOHEMIANS GIRLS U14 faced a very determined and skilful Shrubs team, needing three points to keep their title hopes alive. Bohs forced several early corners which resulted in the opening goal for Chloe. Other good chances were not converted until just before half-time Chloe scored a second, again from a well-taken corner. The defence of Natalie, Marcie and Sophie looked impregnable. Second half Shrubs forced Hollie into a couple of very good saves. Bohs made changes to give all girls a game and Shrubs deservedly scored with only a couple of minutes left to set up an exciting finale, but Bohs stood firm. PoM: Ella and Laura in a really good team performance. Well done to Eddie who refereed a close game very well and is one of a number of progressive young referees who deserve encouragement and understanding as they learn their trade.

Bohemians Girls U14 away to Swanton gave a very accomplished display of attacking football. First half they estalished a commanding lead as Sophie opened the scoring and Rocky and Natalie (2) added further goals. Chloe within 15 minutes had scored her hat-trick meaning she has scored in every game this season. Second half Sophie and Rocky both scored followed by Ella and Neneh and the scoring was finished off by Laura. Hollie who showed impressive skills between the sticks. PoM: Natalie and Ella. Thanks to Shannon, another of the excellent young referees.

BOHEMIANS GIRLS U15 welcomed Cambridge City to Easton College for a match on their fantastic 3G surface. A much depleted team fell behind to this season's unbeaten Cambs League champions. However the spirit and character of this team saw them soon back on level terms when a free-kick from Megan found Charlotte on the edge of the area and she spun and volleyed over the advancing keeper. Chelsea was causing havoc down the left wing and another terrific cross found Libby who side-footed home. Second half saw Cambs equalise and chances came and went at both ends. With ten minutes left, a tactical change yielded instant success when good work from Charlotte found Natalie just inside her own half and with a searing run down the wing she delivered a great cross which set up Libby to fire home. Chelsea scored close to the end. Chris refereed very well at short notice. PoM: All the girls.

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BOHEMIANS GIRLS U15 entered the Horsford tournament for the first time. In six group games they won five and drew one and conceded only the one goal. There was some great team play and plenty of goals for Megan, Nadine, Rocky, Chelsea, Libby and Natalie whilst Ellen was superb in defence. In the final Bohs faced Horsford and gave a sublime performance of incisive passing and movement coupled with deadly finishing. Megan opened the scoring following a run inside her own half before she unleashed an unstoppable shot. The next goal drew gasps and applause from everyone watching when a flighted corner from Chelsea was met on the run by Megan who hit the most ferocious of volleys which the keeper never saw. She went on to complete her hat-trick. Rocky and Libby completed the scoring in a resounding win.

BOHEMIANS U10 GIRLS played at the Horsford U11 girls' tournament, playing in the age group above. Confounding the critics, they stopped a lively North Walsham team in their tracks getting a very good 0-0 result. Alice and Lauren were impassable as Millie, Megan, Georgia, and Bruna showed what playing as a team was all about. Again the girls shared goalkeeping duties with Georgia showing flashes of brilliance. The games came and went with no team outclassing the Bohs. Horsford beat the girls 2-0, as did Sprowston, both of these teams reached the final. Bohs were unlucky to lose to Brandon 1-0 by a scrambled goal. The girls finished the tournament by shutting out both Firside teams 0-0, Bruna and Millie both seeing chances fly past the woodwork. In a league of eight teams Bohs finished in sixth place, conceding only five goals in the tournament. The U10s earned a great deal of respect from the opposition players and coaches by their attitude and play. There is an impressive spirit throughout the team from both the players and parents which makes these events a pleasure to be involved with.

BOHEMIANS U10 GIRLS visited Waveney with seven players. The girls looked lively but went one down to a superbly-taken goal from Waveney. Millie equalised soon after. Lauren, Georgina and Georgia shared the goalkeeping duties and did a superb job. Alice and Daisy were busy throughout, blocking everything and passing well. In the outfield Lauren, Georgina and Georgia all played some beautiful football. Bruna was a revelation, showing the crowd what she is really capable of. Scoring three times and using her skill to run at the Waveney defence, Bruna changed the match entirely. Her combination play with Millie at the front was majestic. Waveney pulled back another goal, Bohs carried on with Millie finishing the job for a 5-2 win for Bohs. PoM: Bruna.

GORLESTON RANGERS GIRLS U11 have the Norfolk Women's and Girl's League Cup final this Saturday against Norwich City FC, kick off 10.15am at Thorpe Rec. Good luck girls give it all you've got but, most of all, enjoy your day.

BRANDON LASSES U12 beat Cornard Dynamos 5-1. After losing out to Cornard the previous week for the league title the Lasses were determined to make amends in the Suffolk Girls' League final. On a tight pitch in wet and blustery conditions both teams started cautiously, but five minutes in, Cornard capitalised when Brandon failed to close the ball down and a fierce shot across goal finished in the back on the net despite Katie M getting her fingertips to it. This spurred the Lasses on, starting to create chances of their own with Lucy P seeing her long range effort tipped over and Ellesse M firing just wide. Brandon then found the equaliser from a long goal-kick that deflected in off the Cornard defender. The Lasses now started to dominate and move the ball around well with Georgia O'M controlling midfield playing in Chloe S and Brianna J down the wings. Chloe S was next test out the Cornard keeper forcing another save but she could nothing to stop Ellesse M after picking up the ball again from a good goal kick turning, beating her player and firing home. Half-time 2-1. The Lasses knew they would have to keep up the pressure against the league champions now having to play up the slope in the second half and did just that when Chloe S picked the ball up wide straight from the kick off, drove into the box fired home at the near post, a great strike and just what was needed! Cornard now had no choice but try to push forward but were repeatedly frustrated by the superb lasses defence of Lucy P, Bethany F and Katie M in goal. Brianna J put the icing on the cake with two late strikes, well deserved for another terrific display. Amy S, Gianna B and Chloe K came on late on to help see the game out, all who have played a major part this season in finishing league runners-p and league cup winners!

BRANDON LASSES U11 travelled to Frettenham on Sunday, May 2, for Horsford FC annual five-a-side tournament. Brandon took an eight strong team, put in a league of eight, with the top four going through to the semi-finals. Brandon set their stall out winning their first two games very well, next up was the tournament favourites they lost by one goal, putting in a tremendous effort. Brandon went on to win one more and draw two, having already qualified for the semis before the last group game. In the semis Brandon again were drawn against the favourites Sprowston, though Brandon gave as good as they got, they could not find a way through and were unlucky to be knocked out at this stage. Overall, every player played well above their means, and done well to get as far as they did.

DEREHAM WANDERERS U13 GIRLS travelled to North Walsham on Saturday for a League Cup semi-final.

Dereham struggled to cope in the first half and were second to the ball on many occasions and were being pressurised into mistakes as North Walsham who were being cheered for every tackle, pass and shot.

North Walsham sensed uneasiness about Dereham and they deservedly took the lead midway trough the first half. Dereham had already had a couple of let-offs but when clean through on goal the Walsham player made no mistake and slotted the ball into the net. This gave the home team even more confidence and the home support even more to cheer about and it became a case of getting to half time without conceding any further goals for Dereham. Dereham had some chances as they chased an equaliser and Lanti managed to hit the post twice and other chances were well saved and Walsham themselves also had chances to increase their lead. The second half started and Dereham looked a different team, they were suddenly first to the ball and they were making tackles. Dereham got the all-important goal when Merrick applied the finish after a spell a pressure. That settled the nerves and as predicted it was North Walsham who were then looking nervy. Dereham kept up the pressure clearly lifted by the goal and it was Merrick again who headed Dereham's second goal from a corner kick. That was the catalyst for Dereham and they went from strength to strength. Chelsea got the next two goals with some good finishes, but North Walsham did rally and started to apply some pressure and were unlucky on more than one occasion as Dereham allowed unchallenged headers in the area, fortunately for Dereham they all went wide and when Walsham did find a shot on target, Channie was in fine form to save them. Lanti scored a couple before Chelsea completed her well-deserved hat trick with a wonderful finish, on the volley that left the keeper stranded. Dereham had been pressurised in this game like at no time before in the season and full credit must be given to North Walsham for that. The final score was 7-1 to Dereham and player of the week was awarded jointly to Becka and Channie.

DEREHAM WANDERERS U12 GIRLS in their final league game of the season earned a point against Red Rose. The opponents put Dereham under constant pressure from the start and were playing attractive football with Erren and Chelsea kept on their toes. Drew was also busy making some good saves. Anna, Rochy and Ella were trying their best in midfield but couldn't make the final pass. To no surprise Red Rose took the lead with a good move. Dereham at this time were unable to reply. Cerys came on to try and give the team another attacking option and give Hannah more support up front but only getting a couple of long-range shots past a resilient defence. The second half Millie came on for Ella who was feeling a bit unwell and Dereham had more possession but Red Rose made it 2-0 on the break. With time running out Dereham started to fight back, Rochy hit the post then got a free kick which was perfectly into the top corner. Red Rose went close to getting a third but Drew Saved well, Erren who pushed into midfield battling for every ball and then Cerys got a good ball to Rochy to blast in the equaliser with two minutes left girl-of-the-game Erren never giving up on this. This Saturday the team will be playing in the final of the League Cup at Thorpe Rec 11.15 against Bohemians, a wonderful achievement in only their second season, good luck girls.