Beeston U16 Girls qualify for National Finals!
The U16 girls travelled North to Altrincham Girls School on Sunday 12th March to take on Wakefield, Bowden and Alderley Edge in the regional final, for a place at the national finals at Lee Valley next month.
Their first game was against a strong Wakefield team. A tense first half ended 0-0 with Bees on top but failing to convert their chances including a number of short corners. In the second half the girls continued to play well and Nina was unlucky with a couple of shots that flew past either post. However, it was third time lucky as some good work by Charlotte found Nina in the D who made no mistake to make it 1-0. There then followed some Wakefield pressure and this finally told as they made it 1-1 with 10 minutes remaining.
Final score Beeston 1-1 Wakefield.
Game number 2 was against Alderley Edge. Any nerves were quickly settled as the girls went into a 2-0 lead thanks to some great approach play through the midfield and Nina making no mistake. Some good pressure by Jenna led to the opposition giving the ball away and then Jen duly got her reward as she tucked the ball away to put the Bees into a commanding 3-0 lead. Gracie then put the game beyond doubt with a super finish.
Final score Beeston 4-0 Alderley Edge.
The girls were then full of confidence going into their final game v Bowden and it wasn’t long before Nina converted a chance that was created by a super run from Fritzy – 1-0 to the Bees after 10 minutes. The goals then started to flow as Jeeka, Carmen and Nina again put the girls fully in control at 4-0. The goal of the day was then scored by Nina as she and Jeeka ran the length of the half, exchanging passes and finishing it coolly to make it 5.
Final score Beeston 5-0 Alderley Edge
These results meant that the girls topped their group and were safely through to the finals at Lee Valley for the second year running!
Squad: Sophie, Amelia, Fran, Emma G, Charlotte, Hattie, Emma W, Charlotte, Gracie, Aoife, Fritzy, Jess, Carmen, Jennabellle, Jenna, Phoebe, Jeeka, Nina.
Thanks to Phil for organising everything so brilliantly and also to Colin for his pearls of wisdom. Helen did a great job selecting the teams and making sure they all knew their jobs on the pitch. Huge thanks for Danni for umpiring and finally thanks to all the parents for supporting the girls and cheering them on. A great day!
See you all at Lee Valley next month!!