The season drew to a close this weekend for the u10 Lionesses and they finished off in style winning the WCYL Champions League Title. The team went unbeaten throughout the competition in the weeks leading up to the Finals Day and on the day.
The Lionesses were a bit slow to start off and playing a vibrant Allerdale team they had lots of problems to deal with and the Lionesses went behind to a well taken Allerdale goal. The Lionesses gradually started to find their feet and started to move the ball around as they normally do with Layla Rudd being a constant threat. Sophia Conway was doing great work down the wing and battling hard and Destiny Campbell & Evie Kerrush became more solid at the back as well. The Lionesses eventually put their football together and scored a number of well taken goals, Layla Rudd netting some very nice ones including one out wide right which exploded off her foot into the roof of the net.
Pictured above Layla Rudd racing onto a through ball to score against Allerdale.
The Lionesses next played their younger u9s Whitehaven AFC Team and were once again made to work extremely hard, the younger girls kept making last ditch tackles and trying to be confident on the ball and running it out, something the girls are asked to do. The u10s however continued to play the right way from the back, setting off a number of attacks through midfield where Chelsea Callander in the engine room of midfield was being extremely busy and forcing the team forward which resulted in her netting a great goal. Destiny Campbell moved to striker and constantly found good space and unselfishly played the ball across the goal for team mates to run onto.
Pictured above flying winger Lilia Gill bursting forward!!
The u10 Blues came up against their team mates in the u10 Yellows who they train with next and its was a very competitive game with the Blues getting the win in the end. They then moved onto to their Final game against Workington Diamonds who were also unbeaten, this would be the first of 2 games against Diamonds as they both would finish joint top of the League and play each other in the Final.
Pictured above Dangerous Angel Dockerty takes charge of the situation!!
In the first game the Lionesses had good territory and created some good openings especially down the wings, with the youngest player in the team Angel Dockerty who plays one year up with permission from the FA as a talented player, continually caused problems with her speed and trickery down the flank, Angel, a natural left footed player gives the team lots of balance and it showed really well as she got into good positions and made good decisions to pick out team mates. However if Angel Dockerty lost the ball she was one of the fastest players back to win the ball and start off another attack. The team benefitted from numerous chances but just couldn't get the right contact on the shot to beat an impressive goalkeeper display from Diamonds. However as the game continued Millie Clark became more and more involved in the game and after battling hard to grab the game by the scruff of the neck, she scored a deserving goal to put her team in control. The game continued in the same vain with Diamonds being a threat on the break with good balls up to the front, eventually the game ended in a draw.
Chelsea Callander above in the thick of the action fending off Summer Swinton & Ella Gilmour!
The teams then played each other again in the final and the game continued very similar to the first one with the Lionesses having good possession and territory but Diamonds defending really well and being a threat on the break. The game finished the first half scoreless and the teams came back out for the second half and with the minutes ticking by the tension grew more and more, then Evie Kerrush aka Thumper hit a shot from her own half which flew over and the bounce beat the keeper to make it 1-0. However the lead lasted no more than 20 seconds when the Lioness still on a high from the goal made a mistake in defence which the Diamonds forward players latched onto to make it 1-1. Aarleah Robertson tried to find a goal with good combination play with Chelsea Callander and Layla Rudd and Sophia Conway was once again doing well down the wing.
The game ended in a draw so then the dreaded penalty shoot out took place, which is always a hard way to finish any game and neither of the teams deserved to lose after both teams played a fantastic advert for girls football in the group and final. There was lots of tension but the Lionesses scored the eventual winning penalty to win the trophy and finish off their season on a high.
Pictured above player for all occasions Millie Clark bringing the ball out of defence!!