Gorleston/Shrubs reports

GORLESTON RANGERS GIRLS U11 were away to Brandon. Rangers started uncharacteristically slowly. It was some 15 minutes into the match before a speculative effort from the corner of the box by Aimee deflected past the Brandon goalkeeper to open the scoring.

GORLESTON RANGERS GIRLS U11 were away to Brandon. Rangers started uncharacteristically slowly. It was some 15 minutes into the match before a speculative effort from the corner of the box by Aimee deflected past the Brandon goalkeeper to open the scoring. The home team piled on the pressure and a powerful free-kick was cleared off the line by an in-form Beth. This seemed to kick-start Rangers and a great run and cross by Mary found Neve at the far post who just failed to convert. A fine corner led to a mel�e in the goalmouth ending with Hannah S firing in from close range to give Rangers a 2-0 lead at half-time. The manager urged better football in the second half and the girls did their best to deliver, creating a host of opportunities. But they couldn't find the finishing touch. Neve showed some great skills and her work led to a corner which Hannah S tapped home from Aimee's pin-point cross. Jess worked hard but Brandon's big defence proved a big obstacle. Towards the end a fantastic double save by Hannah C kept another clean sheet for Gorleston. The Rangers' defence stood strong throughout with Mary, Beth and Hannah S now developing a great understanding. Hannah C swapped with Aimee for the last 10 minutes and her fresh legs and drive took away any wind that was left in the Brandon sails. Final score: 3-0. GoM: Mary, solid and dependable another great performance.

SHRUBLANDS U15 GIRLS had their first match since before Christmas against a strong Bohemians. The girls only had eight players. In the first half, with Cookie in goal, the girls managed to play some good defensive football. Cookie had many shots pelted at her, but with plenty of stretching and diving the first half saw them only 3-0 down. Simone and Tamla made some great runs up and down the pitch during the first half, which helped to compensate for being one player short. In the second half, Melly bravely offered to do a stint in goal, even though she knew the shots would be coming hard and fast from Bohs. A couple of goals passed Melly, but then she warmed up and started making some great saves. Loddy has settled well in the team, and her headers on Sunday helped to get the girls out of a few dangerous moments. Yet again, the ever reliable Kayleigh, Rhiannon and Lorna were enjoying getting back into match form. A difficult start to the new year's football, but the team showed great spirit. It's great to have Lorna back from injury again, and all wish Catherine a speedy recovery.


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SHRUBLANDS GIRLS U13 and U14 urgently need new players for summer tournaments and next season's U14 and U15 side. They train on Monday night at Yo-Soccer 7-8pm. If interested contact Steve Dent on 01493 661548 and leave a message.

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