U16 Girls: Durham 0 Lancashire 2

Durham knocked out by holders

Posted by: allan

Durham’s hopes of progressing in the ESFA U16 Girls Inter-county Trophy were dashed when they were beaten by a strong Lancashire team.

The often-used cliché, a game of two halves, can best be used to describe this cup tie.

Conditions were not ideal as there was a strong wind blowing which Durham had in their favour for the first half.

Durham came very close to scoring in the 6th minute. Mia Ross found in space, composed herself then unleashed a shot from 30m but was denied by Ellie Etheridge whose save diverted the ball onto the crossbar.

Ellie Etheridge was called into action again in the 20th minute when she palmed a Tia McKitterick attempt over the bar.

Lancashire, who had been on the back foot, a minute later demonstrated their attacking ability when the quickly turned defence into attack only to see their effort just miss the goal.

Durham continued to press for the important opening goal, but the Lancashire defence was well-organised.

Jasmine Elliott-Wood was unfortunate in the 34th minute when her 25m strike beat the keeper but cannoned off the crossbar.

Four minutes before the interval Durham failed to punish a rare defensive lapse from the visitors so the game remained goalless at half time.

Following the break Lancashire were quickly on the offensive and were eventually rewarded for their efforts in the 48th minute. Durham conceded a free kick 30m from goal, which was saved by Kayley Dunn, but the ball fell kindly for Chloe Broughton to easily score.

Lancashire, with their tails up, continued to press. Their perseverance paid off in the 57th minute. From a midfield break the ball was directed to Tigi Gent who outpaced the home defence and slid the ball past the advancing goalkeeper.

Durham were unable to make any headway as the Red Rose county were determined to keep their excellent record in this competition intact.

As the winning post was in sight Lancashire were suddenly on the back foot as Durham made a last-ditch effort to rescue the game.

With a minute of time remaining a Tia McKitterick cross was dropped by Ellie Etheridge. Unfortunately for Charlotte Hall she was unable to guide the loose ball into the net.