Bradwell Belles 2 Wyrley U18 Girls 10

Wyrley produced a scintillating performance in gale force winds and driving rain in the County Cup Quarter Final.

The conditions could have been a leveller but the quality of passing and movement was exceptional, despite the girls in both teams getting battered by the winds and soaked by the monsoon like storm.

With the wind behind them Wyrley had the best of the first half, leading 5 0 at the break, but the quality of our girls was displayed in the second half when they time and time again passed from back to front creating numerous chances against the wind. Goalscorers were Sophie Shorrock 3, Laura Cumberledge 3, Jemma Clews 3 and Emily Quimby 1. Highlights of each player were: –

Nia Jay – produced a tremendous one handed diving save to push the ball onto the post in the second half
Leah Fanning – had an opportunity to score after a barnstorming run led to a shot that just cleared the angle of post and crossbar
Amy Marshall – again, another assured performance at the heart of the defence
Cath Davis – never put a foot wrong in an exceptional performance, both defensively and bringing the ball out of defence
Saff Hicken – very comfortable on the ball, with a number of timely interceptions
Laura Cumberledge – worked extremely hard for her goals, with the pick of them where she won three tackles in a 30m run before slotting home
Beth Crook – had a couple of strikes on goal and linked up well between defence and attack
Emily Quimby – scored what was probably her 5th goal of the season direct from a corner
Laura Lindsay – another fine passing performance, picking the simple pass back to defence when required and putting in numerous dangerous crosses
Sophie Shorrock – scored 3 with the pick being the one that was smashed into the top corner of the net and linked up well with Jemma and Rachel
Jemma Clews – scored 3 and her performance deserved more as she was thwarted by a great performance from Bradwell’s keeper
Rachel Hall – led the line very well and is now laying the ball off to the midfield with confidence
Dom McKee – her strength in recovering possession was very much in evidence today, coupled with her trademark runs forward
Hayley Turner – coped with the conditions very well and time after time crossed the ball to the far post, creating numerous chances

Bradwell scored 2 goals in the second half capitalising on goal kicks that, because of the wind, were blown back towards the penalty area.

Super stuff again girls – nothing but praise from management and parents!

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