Categories: General Date: 27/03/18 Title: U14 Girls: Durham 3 Cleveland 1
Durham into Northern Counties final
Durham finished top of the NCSFA U14 Girls East League by gaining a 3-1 victory over Cleveland following a most entertaining game.
The first half, which was full of incidents as both teams created good opportunities to score.
For Durham Erin Nicholson was the player who suffered the most in the first half. She had several goal bound attempts confidently saved by Cleveland’s keeper Taylar Bennison, who had an excellent game. Ellie-Jayne Laidler was very unlucky not to score when her volley hit the crossbar following a Durham corner.
Cleveland were always quick on the break thus creating problems for the home defence. Unfortunately for the visitors the attempts on goal went narrowly wide or Kayley Dunn, Durham’s goalkeeper, came to the rescue.
Even though the attacking play from both sides merited a goal the score, at half time, remained 0-0.
The end to end play continued after the interval as both teams looked for the opening goal but both keepers were on top form.
The deadlock was eventually broken in the 52nd minute. Erin Nicholson received the ball and out paced the Cleveland defence. Her first attempt was blocked by Taylar Bennison, but Erin reacted quickly and deservedly scored at the second attempt even though the ball went in off the post.
Durham increased their lead 2 minutes later when Rebecca Bell finished superbly from a cross by Erin Nicholson.
The home team made it 3-0 in the 61st minute. Chloe Wymer, progressing down the left passed to Drew Turner who continued the forward momentum by putting Erin Nicholson through on goal. As she approached the Cleveland goal she calmly lobbed the advancing keeper.
With 5 minutes remaining Erin Boyle pulled a goal back for Cleveland. Her perfectly struck shot from 25m gave the Durham no chance as it rocketed into the net.
Durham had to suffer a nervy final few minutes as Cleveland pressed for further goals. The Teessiders went close on a couple of occasions but Durham held on to record a fine victory.
The players from both teams can be immensely proud of the way they played as they entertained the spectators with determined performances, excellent skill and good goals.
Substitutes used: Jessica Weatherspoon (Sedgefield Community College), Shannon Galbraith (St Robert of Westminster RC, Washington), Jasmine Elliott-Wood (St Thomas More Catholic School, Blaydon), Katie Sheridan (Longfield Academy of Sport, Darlington), Drew Turner (Framwellgate School)