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U14 Girls: Durham 4 South Yorkshire 5

Durham suffer opening defeat

Posted by: allan

Durham let a three goal lead slip as South Yorkshire fought back to gain a narrow victory following an entertaining game played in very blustery conditions.

With only two minutes of the match played Sophie Greener, following an excellent solo run down the left, gave the home team an early lead.

A poor clearance from the visiting goalkeeper landed at the feet of Sophie Greener, who made the most of this easy opportunity, to guide the ball into the vacant goal.

By the 20th minute Sophie Greener had completed her hat trick by finishing a chance created by Ellie Wise.

With the wind at their backs Durham had other good opportunities to add to their score but were denied by shots that were weak thus easily dealt with by the South Yorkshire keeper.

As half time approached South Yorkshire struck twice within a minute. First a good strike gave the home goalkeeper no chance of saving. Then following a corner, which found an unmarked South Yorkshire player who had no difficulty in scoring.

South Yorkshire were buoyed by their late first half recovery and were on level terms two minutes after the interval when they scored from 25m.

The visitors revival continued when they took the lead in the 47th minute following another well struck shot from outside the penalty area.

Durham made every effort to get back into the match but were unable to pierce the visitors defence. Unfortunately, with 7 minutes remaining and the home team committed to finding an equaliser they lost the ball in midfield. South Yorkshire capitalised on this error by scoring a fifth goal.

Durham were given hope in the 65th minute when they were awarded a penalty from which Keira Skelton scored.

For the final 5 minutes Durham pressed for an equalising goal but South Yorkshire held firm to gain victory and three points.

Both teams demonstrated good skills and provided the spectators with an excellent game.

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