Categories: General
      Date: 18/02/17
     Title: U16 Girls: Worcestershire 4 Durham 2

Durham knocked out of national competition

Durham made the long trip to Bromsgrove to play their ESFA U16 Girls Inter-county Trophy quarter -final and returned empty handed after being beaten by a well-organised Worcestershire team.

The game was not even a minute old when Worcestershire opened their account. Following a break down the left a fiercely struck shot from J Grove, into the top corner, gave Worcestershire the early impetus.

Not to be outdone by Worcestershire’s opening goal Jael Anderson’s equaliser 2 minutes later was just as good. The home keeper could only watch as Jael’s super left footed strike from 30m sailed into the net.

Worcestershire restored their lead in the 10th minute. The initial attempt from the home team was parried by the Durham keeper. R Gompertz was the quickest to react to put the home team 2-1 ahead.

Durham were unlucky not to make it 2-2 in the 21st minute when an excellent attempt from Sharna Wilkinson hit the base of the post. Jael Anderson, following in, was only able to guide the ball into the keeper’s hands.

Three minutes after the half time break Durham were, once more, on level terms. The move for the equaliser was instigated by Jael Anderson who drove forward then found Beth Middlemas who turned expertly to create herself some space. Beth threaded the ball through the home defensive line to the on rushing Ellie Gutcher who skilfully guided the ball past the advancing goalkeeper.

Both teams were playing well in difficult conditions as heavy rain, which had not been forecast, continued to fall.

The game swung in favour of the home team around the 70th minute when they scored twice within 60 seconds. First L Eminoglu capitalised upon Durham losing the ball in midfield to score Worcestershire’s third. This was followed by a mix up in the visitors’ defence which resulted in an own goal.

Durham were unable to recover from this setback and Worcestershire comfortably played out the final 10 minutes to gain a secure victory.