The Under 17s Girls based themselves at Teignmouth, South Devon for their 6th annual tour.
In their first game they played Feniton Ladies, an Open Age team who play in the Devon County League Division 1.
Final Score Wyrley U17s 8 Feniton 2
Rachel Hall scored the first goal after great work from Hayley turner who burst forward from the left before having her shot blocked. Jemma Clews created the second for Hall to slot home. Clews calmy passed into the net fro the third before Feniton pulled a goal back from a corner.
The defence of Amy Marshall, Saff Hicken and Sophie Hardy, who played for the first time in 12 months but looked as though she hadn’t missed a training session or match in all that time, were solid and Nia Jay only had the occasional shot to save.
Cath Davis started the second half on a mission and after taking on half the Feniton team pulled her shot wide with just the keeper to beat. She then contrived to hit the post twice before Turner opened her account. Clews scored her second before Davis finally scored on the volley from close range! Emily Quimby smashed home the 7th. Beth Crook had another fine game, with Laura Cumberledge using her pace to great effect down the right. Clews finished off Wyrley scoring before a deflected shot scored a consolation goal for Feniton.
In their second game they played Paignton Pilgrims Ladies, another Open Age team who play in the Devon County League Division 2.
Final Score Wyrley U17s 5 Paignton Pilgrims 2
This was a tougher game, with the opponents being physically stronger than their first opponents. Wyrley took a long time to get into their usual flowing passing game although Jemma Clews was causing panic in the Paignton defence – so much so that she hit 3 posts and a crossbar in the 90 minutes. The defence of Cath Davis, Saff Hicken, Sophie Hardy and Emily Downes – playing her last game in Wyrley colours – had to be on their mettle as Paignton strived to get into the game. Clews opened the scoring after 20 minutes. Paignton equalised against the run of play. Nia Jay held on to a couple of snap shots.
Rachel Hall had a number of spurned chances before she tucked home a through ball from Emily Quimby. Laura Cumberledge was busy in midfield. Hayley Turner increased the lead before Paignton reduced the deficit to one goal. A fortunate own goal gave the gap that the play deserved before Beth Crook grabbed a deserved goal. Amy Marshall was pushed up front in an effort to give her her first goal of the season but it was not to be!
Our thanks go to Mike and his Feniton team and Kevyn and his Paignton team for providing competitive opposition and their very kind hospitality.
Pictured below Wyrley & Feniton teams; Wyrley team before Paignton game; Wyrley & Paignton teams; Brixham facepainting!; Brixham harbour and Hayley’s arm wrestling challenge!