Spotlight on girls' reports
BOHEMIANS GIRLS U10 were away to St Edmunds from King's Lynn and they knew this would be a good test of how much they had improved since the last encounter the previous month.
BOHEMIANS GIRLS U10 were away to St Edmunds from King's Lynn and they knew this would be a good test of how much they had improved since the last encounter the previous month. Bohs started really strongly despite playing into a strong wind and deservedly went ahead when Bruna rifled home from just outside the area. The rest of the half was played primarily in the St Edmunds half but could not convert any of the chances. Second half Bohs again started well but were always aware of the threat posed by the home team's striker who is an exceptional little player. However, Alice did a superb job of marking her. Only once did she get away and showed real composure to level things up. A couple of good efforts narrowly missed before up popped Daisy with two minutes left and slotted home to give Bohs a thoroughly deserved win. Thanks to Shelly who refereed very well and to Georgia and Georgina for sharing goalkeeping duties and both of these girls had excellent games. Lauren and Alice were really tenacious, Bruna worked really hard up front and Megan made several important tackles but POM went to Daisy who possesses a wonderful attitude and always has a smile on her face. Next match: Away to Thorpe at Dussindale Park, Pound Lane. Meet Cliff Park 10.30am for kit change. Team: Shannon, Daisy, Bruna, Lauren, Millie, Georgina, Georgia, Alice and Leah.
BOHEMIANS GIRLS U15, away to North Walsham, gave one of their best performances of the season and ran out very easy 8-0 winners. Chelsea and Megan were in scintillating form, scoring six goals between them, and sandwiched in between was an own goal from a great cross from Chelsea. The last goal was a great team goal when a good cross from Libby saw Chloe come running in at the back post to slide home. Marcie was superb in centre defence and was ably supported by Mollie and Sophie. Natalie was once again devastating down the wing and Chloe worked tirelessly up front. The team welcomed back Laura, and her significant contribution showed them what they had all been missing. The attitude and commitment were good. The team were properly focused and this showed in their overall performance, which included some good interplay and slick passing and movement. PoM: Chelsea and Megan. Thanks to Eddie, who refereed at very short notice and did an excellent job. Next match on Saturday against Norwich Greens, meet 9.15am latest at Cliff Park High School.
BRANDON LASSES U12 had to work hard against Stowupland Falcons for this 2-0 victory to see them reach the SGFL KO Cup final. The Lasses played their usual good passing football but the home side defended deep, limiting them to long-range shots and with their keeper in top form they could not the break through. Stow had an early break and could have taken the lead but were unlucky to see the ball come off a post. It seemed a matter of time before Brandon would take the advantage but, as the game went on, the Lasses started to become more frustrated. Stow always looked to catch the Lasses on the break and had their chances, but Katie Meeson came off her line well to keep a clean sheet. With four minutes remaining Brandon finally made their break through as Ellesse Masters fired home from inside the box followed by Brianna Jamgochiam to seal a hard-fought victory. Well done girls, some lovely one-touch football and a cup final to look forward to.
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BRANDON LASSES U11 travelled to second-place Sprowston and with a blustery wind the game came alive immediately with Sprowston having the first effort. Brandon were up for this challenge with Ruby Robertson and Suzy Duggan in defence from the beginning letting Sprowston know who was in charge. In the third minute some lovely passing down the left between Georgia Dargan and Millie Bales led to Millie crossing the ball in to Leah Zawiasa who rifled home to make it 1-0 to the Lasses. Brandon kept pushing with Jessie Whybrow making good runs and passes down the right, but Brandon did ride their luck a bit, restricting Sprowston to several good long-range efforts with Katie Amacker making several good saves. On 10 minutes Leah found Millie and her first-time shot was blocked on the line. Five minutes later Millie had a good shot tipped round the post by the Sprowston keeper. Sprowston had a couple of attacks where they beat the Brandon defence, but Katie was there to snuff them out.
Brandon made two substitutions for the second half with Abbie Craigen and Savannah Hatch coming on. Sprowston came out strong and Katie had to make a couple of fine saves, then in the fifth minute with Brandon failing to clear a ball out of defence, Sprowston rifled a ball in that Katie had no chance to reach. With Brandon still asleep, Sprowston scored again, making it 2-1. Brandon woke up again and started playing again, with Abbie battling in midfield and Savannah going close. This was Brandon getting back to how they can play. With an injury to Savannah and a knock to Abbie, Brandon were back to their starting line-up and were getting closer to equalizing, Jessie, Leah and Millie working well together. With five minutes left to go a long Sprowston throw led to an unfortunate mix-up in the Brandon box and led to Sprowston scoring their third. Brandon carried on pushing forward and were unlucky not to get a second. This was a hard-fought game against a top team and Brandon were unlucky not to get anything out of it. Sprowston 3, Brandon 1. PoM: Katie Amacker.
SHRUBLANDS GIRLS U13 secured their fourth league title in a row which is a fantastic achievement with some very good sides in this league. All the girls and management team would like to thank new sponsor Dave of British Metal Treatments for his very kind donation which has provided new kits and tops. Big thank you. Well done to all players Kayleigh, Beth, Paige, Amber, Courtney Bacon, Courtney Charlton, Nicky, Jess, Lillie, Harriet, Merrick and Katherine who trains with girls and plays for U14 age group along with all other girls who are playing up a year and are playing very well at U14, keep it up girls. Big thanks to manager Julie Dent, assistant manager Janet Shreeves, coach Steve Dent, who put in lot of effort behind scenes as well as with girls training, good luck to all girls that are going forward for Ipswich and Norwich trials again shows the level of consistency girls are showing. This week's game away to Waveney U13 who have secured runners up spot. Meet Denes High School, Lowestoft 11.45am sharp. No training Monday as rearranged game Wednesday evening against Freethorpe U14 meet 5.45pm at ground if you need lift let Julie or Janet know asap.
GORLESTON RANGERS GIRLS U10 entertained Waveney and got off to a good start with the some fine work by Jess and Megan. Jane forced a smart save from the Waveney keeper. Continued good work by all the girls keeps the visitors at bay, with only a rare attack every now and then, a fine run by their right back required Kelsey to make a save. Jane passed to Jess whose shot was saved, Megan tried to score on the follow-up and hit a post. From the resulting corner the ball went straight across the area and got a deflection off of a defender so it was 1-0 to Rangers. Next, Jess, Jane and Megan linked up well and Megan went on a solo run and coolly slotted it home. Like so many games before, Clarissa tidied up at the back, keeping attacks by Waveney to a minimum. Jess took the attack to Waveney, was tackled, the ball coming out to Jade who shot from distance, leaving the keeper no chance. Unfortunately, Jade then had to go off injured and Caitlin came on. The second half saw Waveney keep Rangers pinned back with attack after attack but Jess and Clarissa mopped up well and when Waveney did get a shot on goal, Kelsey was there to save. Jane collected the ball from Kelsey, beat two players and tucked the ball in for 4-0. This seems to wake Waveney up and their full-back went on a solo run and blasted the ball home for 4-1. Rangers attacked straight from the restart and Caitlin and Jane exchanged passes, Jane shot and another deflection made it 5-1. Waveney then lost the ball from the kick-off and the same two combined again and it's 6-1. Waveney then got one back to make the final score 6-2. GoM, Jess, pure versatility in attack and defence. Well done again girls, still undefeated.
DEREHAM WANDERERS U12 Girls were playing at home to Swanton Herons in the semi-final of the cup. The visitors started the brightest keeping in the Dereham half and putting the defence of Erren and Chelsea on their toes for the first 15 minutes. When Dereham managed to make an attack Rochy's cross was just missed by Ella and Hannah. Drew did not have much to do except picking up loose balls. Dereham had a corner which was taken by Ella which was handled in the area by a defender with the referee pointing straight to the spot, Rochy then stepped up and calmly put the ball in the net. The second half was a little better with Dereham having a few more chances with Anna just going wide and Millie hitting the ball well but just going over the bar. Cerys and Mary put a couple of good passes together for Rochy to shoot but the goalie saved well. With about a minute to go Swanton got behind the defence and the forward hit the ball well heading in to the top corner but Drew made an excellent save tipping the ball over the bar. Final score 1-0 putting the girls into their first final. GoM: Rochy, a good all-round performance.
DEREHAM WANDERERS U11 GIRLS played Norwich City Girls and lost 4-1. Dereham matched Norwich kick for kick in an evenly-contested first half. The home side had a number of attacks on the Dereham goal and came close but the visitors defended well and went in at the break 0-0 with Charlotte, Hollie and Brogan having a good game from the midfield. But straight from the kick-off Norwich City scored and midway through the half added a second with a shot from a tight angle. A deflected goal made it 3-0 and Norwich extended their lead from the penalty spot. However, Dereham continued to press forward and were rewarded with a dramatic goal from Saskia with a strong shot from close to the halfway line high into the Norwich net for a final 4-1 scoreline. Squad: Alice, Saskia, Charlotte, Brogan, Jasmin, Leah, Laura, Hollie. PoM: Charlotte and Saskia.
North Walsham Angels U13 beat Taverham Girls2-1. A football match broke out at Millfieild, as Angels entertained Taverham Girls, which appeared to be enjoyed by both sets of players, supporters and management. Izzy took the keeper's jersey, due to an injury to Emily P and gave a confident display in front of the regular defence of Sophie S and Lucy. Jess F started on the right of midfield partnered by Charlotte and Robyn with Lauren as striker. Subs Sophie H and Olivia both came on during the match. Angels looked lacklustre in the early stages but took the lead midway through the half. Lauren took the ball down the left and passed inside to Charlotte who hammered it into the net. Slack marking in the box allowed Taverham to equalise before the interval. The second half, like the first, was even but Angels managed to snatch the lead again. Lauren's shot came back off a defender to Charlotte who drilled a long shot into the bottom left corner. The visitors threatened in the latter stages but Angels held on for a 2-1 victory.