U16 Girls: South Yorkshire 0 Durham 3
Durham secure 3 points
Durham earned the 3 points necessary to maintain their push for a place in the Northern Counties semi-finals with a well-earned victory over South Yorkshire.
For much of the first half South Yorkshire were the dominant team but Durham defended well.
The game changed in the 30th minute when Durham were awarded a free kick just outside the penalty area. An alert Bethany White caught the home defence napping. Her quickly taken free kick to Daisy Appleton, cutting in from the right, was expertly finished to give the visitors the lead.
Sarah Clifford made sure Durham kept their lead at half time with a double save 3 minutes before the interval. First, she tipped a free kick onto the crossbar. The rebound fell to an unmarked South Yorkshire attacker but Sarah reacted swiftly to prevent a goal from being scored.
Four minutes after the break Durham doubled their score. Ellie Gutcher showed her strength by successfully shielding the ball from her marker before playing a perfectly weighted pass to Bethany White. From 30m Bethany’s right footed strike curled into the top left corner.
Durham became more confident in their play and began to put more pressure on the South Yorkshire goal but were unable to to increase their lead.
As the game neared its conclusion South Yorkshire pressed for a goal that would set up an exciting finish but Bethany Middlemas settled the issue with a minute remaining. Natalie Clarke, after successfully screening the ball, found Bethany Middlemas on the right. Instead of going down the right-wing Bethany turned inside and her left footed shot, from the edge of the penalty area sailed into the top left corner.
Durham require a point from their remains two fixtures to secure a semi-final spot.
- Sarah Clifford (Carmel College)
- Rachel Woolston (Biddick Academy), Melissa Storey (Hetton), Alexis Prest (Red House Academy), Holly Brace (St Anthony’s Girls Catholic Academy)
- Bethany White (Hebburn), Ellie Gutcher (St Joseph’s Catholic Academy), Natalie Clarke (St Bede’s RC, Lanchester)
- Daisy Appleton (Carmel College), Jenny Ashton (St Leonard’s RC), Bethany Middlemas (Hermitage Academy)
- Substitute used: Dominyka Podziute (Southmoor Academy)
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