Longbridge Ladies 2 Wyrley U18s Girls 4
Wyrley claimed their 5th top division title in 7 seasons with a performance against a rejuvinated Longbridge team that should have been over at half time – the number of chances that were spurned.
Wyrley were shorn of 8 players and arrived with 10 players to match the home team numbers. Longbridge pressed the ball well across the park and many goal bound efforts were blocked. Dom McKee, Sophie Shorrock and Jemma Clews all had efforts that found a Longbridge body in the way. Emily Quimby opened the scoring with a fine strike into the top corner from the edge of the box.
Due to absences, 4 girls had to play out of position and although the passing was good at times, the finishing could have been better.
Becky Jones, despite suffering pain after a minor foot operation in the week, still turned out and she doubled the score with another shot from the edge of the box into the corner. Wyrley continued to seek goals but Longbridge halved the lead with a free kick from 30 yards – their first strike on goal but reward for the effort they had put in to deny us space.
A foul on Jones led to Quimby hitting a sweet free kick over the keeper to again open up a two goal gap. Unfortunately, a rare corner from Longbridge was turned into the net for an own goal.
Nerves were settled with 5 minutes to go. A wriggling run from Sophie Shorrock led to her been fouled and although the resultant penalty was saved, she put away the rebound to clinch the win.
Praise must be given to Longbridge for the effort they put in.
Wyrley clinched the league with a current margin of 5 points with 2 games remaining. Well done girls!