Match Report: Global Image Embroidery Girls U16 Cup Final 2017

Bedlington Town FC U15 Bulldogs v Montagu & North Fenham U15
Date: 26 May 2017. Kick-Off 7pm.

Venue: Whitley Park, NE12 9FA.

Referee: David Dowling

Assistants: Chris Gribbon, Jack Smith

4th Official/Reserve: Owen Thoms

Bedlington Town Bulldogs capped off a great season in which they won their domestic league as well as lifting the 2017 Global Image Embroidery Girls U16 Cup.

Goals from Alicia Mutrie (2), Erin Thomas (2) and Erin Nelson were enough to defeat their opponents Montagu & North Fenham 5-2 over 80 minutes at Whitley Park on Friday evening.

Montagu & North Fenham kicked off in the Girls U16 Cup Final but it was Bedlington who had the first chance of the game when Megan Farrell floated the ball towards the goal from the half way line and forced ‘keeper Charlotte McCaughey to tip over the crossbar.

Minutes later Alicia Mutrie was played through on goal and kept composure to slot past the ‘keeper when one-on-one to give Bedlington Bulldogs the advantage in the early stages.

Montagu & North Fenham did not crumble however and replied instantly through a powerful Libby Howe finish into the bottom corner which proved too precise for the ‘keeper to get a hand to.

Despite the equaliser, Bedlington again took the lead on the 10th minute when the goalkeeper spilled the ball into the path of Erin Third who was alert and tapped the ball in from three yards.

After the three early goals the game seemed to slow down and provide half chances for both teams, in particular Demi Taylor being denied twice by some great defending by Montagu & North Fenham in the 23rd minute.

Late on in the first-half, Erin Third looked certain to bag her second goal of the game when she broke through on the right hand side of the box, however it was the toe of goalkeeper Charlotte McCaughey which kept the score line 2-1 at half time.

Coming back for the second-half, Erin Third eventually got her goal after picking up the ball in the box following a cross from the right hand side; the forward twisting and turning before placing the ball neatly into the bottom corner.

A few spells of Montagu & North Fenham possession allowed the team in red a platform to get back into the game and they took advantage on the 64th minute with substitute Emilia Ure beating ‘keeper Charlotte Pearson with a sliding effort from inside the box.

With the score at 3-2 the comeback was well and truly on for Paul Darrington’s side who seemed to be have a new found confidence following the goal.

But in similar fashion to the first-half, Bedlington struck back almost instantly with Alicia Mutrie picking up the ball just outside the area and connecting with the back of the net after letting fly with her left foot.

Following Bedlington’s fourth goal any hope of a comeback was well and truly crushed as Erin Nelson made the score 5-2 on 69 minutes with a pin-point finish off the post from an acute angle.

The final 10 minutes of the game provided chances for both teams; first Erin Nelson’s strike skidded past the post on 75 minutes and then Jane Harland shot wide from distance in the dying stages of the game.

The whistle blew after one minute of added time and Bedlington Bulldogs came out victorious with a 5-2 win.

Bedlington Town Bulldogs: Pearson, Duns, Macdonald, Archbold, Farrell, Third, Mutrie, Taylor, Nelson

Subs: No subs.

Montagu & North Fenham: McCaughey, Perkins, Bannister, Johnson, Nevin, Harland, Darrington (c), Boakes, Howe

Subs: Ure, Charanchi, Akhtar


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