County Cup Semi-final – Wyrley U18s Girls 7 Lightwood Foley 5

Wyrley progressed into the County Cup final after an epic battle against Lightwood.

Wyrley were soon into their passing game and were bossing the first 20 minutes but found themselves 2 goals down after 2 defensive slips. The response was pleasing however, and goals from Jemma Clews, Becky Jones and Sophie Shorrock put the hosts ahead. The game was end to end – a manager’s nightmare – and Wyrley contrived to give the lead back to Lightwood. Wyrley again showed a battling spirit to lead 5 4 with seconds remaining. Unfortunately, Lightwood showed their spirit and equalised at the death to take the game into extra time.

Wyrley lifted their game again and a sparkling run from her own half and smart finish from Laura Cumberledge and another from Clews clinched a place in the final. Lightwood were reduced to 9 after receiving 2 straight red cards near the end. Lightwood’s keeper had an exceptional game, thwarting many goal opportunities.

Highlights of each girl as follows: –

Nia Jay – recovered her composure after the second goal and made a number of subsequent comfortable saves
Saff Hicken – composed as usual
Cath Davis – playing with a different defensive partner again but was picked by Lightwood as player of the match
Leah Fanning – also regained her composure and came more and more into the game as the game went on
Rachel Hall – asked to play at centre half due to absentees and gained confidence as the game went on
Becky Jones – a very good performance, finishing a fine flowing move and a cross from Jemma and tracking back when needed
Laura Lindsay – an early knock to the head didn’t shake her confidence and won the ball endlessly in the air
Emily Quimby – took a clattering near the end but produced a number of defense piercing passes
Laura Cumberledge – strong performance with endless energy and a fine goal
Sophie Shorrock – took her 3 goals well and tracked back when needed
Jemma Clews – her pace caused problems all game, took her 2 goals very well especially the first Wyrley goal where she curled the ball over the keeper with her left foot
Beth Crook – made a cameo 15 minute performance and has the bruises to prove it

Not their best performance from the girls today but their battling and ‘never say die’ attitude was to be admired.

Well done girls – now on to the Central Warwickshire Girls Football League U18s Open Cup Semi Final v Sutton Strikes next Saturday.

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