The U10 Whitehaven AFC Lionesses enjoyed a great day in the sun at the boys U10s tournament at the brilliant Kellsfest over the weekend.
It was a 5v5 competition so the squad split into two teams to give as much game time as possible as when they were asked if they’d like to enter a boys competition the response was huge as they wanted to challenge themselves.
Both teams, Yellows & Blues faced off against each other to begin with in what was a really tight game, with both teams creating good chances. Millie Clark was always a threat going forward for the Blues and unleashed a stunning effort which made Destiny Campbell have to pull off a good save to put away for a corner. Lilia Gill continued to make good strides for the Blues but the combination of Chelsea Callander, Evie Kerrush & Layla Rudd meant that the Yellows continued to play their way out of trouble at the back.
Chelsea Callander shows composure and bravery against the Miners Boys!!
This play from the Blues reaped rewards when the ball was worked through a number of passes into the path of #HotShot Layla Rudd who had a wicked shot and unleashed one that flew in to make it 1-0, that goal just unsettled the Blues for a minute or so and they unfortunately found themselves 2-0 shortly after with another good strike from Layla Rudd. Changes were made in the Blues team with Erin Duffy & Aarleah coming on for Layla Rudd & Evie Kerrush. Aarleah played some good stuff, little 1-2s to help the team advance.
Sophia Conway remained on as she was in scintillating form, harassing the defence and when in possession making good decisions to pass into space to set other team mates up for shots. The Blues reacted well after the second goal and started to apply pressure back onto the Yellows, and were unlucky not to get a goal back.
Yellows Player of the Festival Millie Clark battles against a tricky Miners Boy who was great throughout!!
Both Yellows and Blues then played the U10 Boys teams, and the games were all very competitive and both teams seemed to really enjoy them and play some good football, the Blues battled really hard against a very capable Bigrigg Bulls side with chances at either end, Angel Dockerty doing her level best to try and create chances for herself and the team. At the back the ever dependent Sophie McKee looked every inch the part, strong, calm and composed, and when the defence did get caught out Evie McDonald and the classy Kaitlin Walmsley were on hand to make the tackles needed. Katie Henshaw continued to try and force the issue for a goal when the Blues played the Miners Boys and her strength on the ball really helped the team but the Miners were to strong and managed some very good finishes, although one of the moments of the game came when Lauren Glynn who is the goalkeeper made a last ditch save making herself big and taking the football right to the face, but she never went down, she continued to stand strong and make a further save to stop a goal.
For the Yellows they enjoyed one of their performances of the year against Miners, Miners lads played some good football and created some chances early on and got a well deserved goal to put them 1-0 up. However the Lionesses were still not panicking and trying to play out from the back and show good composure, and got a deserved equaliser from a stunning strike off Layla Rudd. The girls had their tails up now and gained confidence from getting a goal. The Lionesses grabbed a second when a attack broke down and the ball came out to Thumper aka Evie Kerrush who got a low driving shot into the bottom right corner, 2-1. Second later the Lionesses moved the Ball wide to Layla Rudd who hit a stunning strike to score and make it 3-1.
The Yellows Lionesses had a tough game in the final match against Bigrigg, but had chances to nick a goal. At the other end Player of the Festival for the Yellows Sophia Conway pulled off about 7 top saves to keep it 0-0. Eventually tough Bigrigg scored to make it 1-0 to them.
The Yellows advanced to the Semi Final where they played the other Miners Team who played some of the best football on the day, lovely 1-2s and combination play and thoroughly deserved to win and go to the Final.
Coach Rob Campbell said ‘It was a great learning experience for our girls today, I was chuffed how many wanted to take part and they did themselves, me and the club really proud. I’ve got to thank all the boys teams who made us feel really welcome and played the matches in great spirit and it was enjoyable to see the banter and good crack between the boys and girls. Also have to thank Tim Savage and all his team who put on a brilliant Football Festival, played in the right way and was a great event in what was a brilliant weekend at KELLSFEST, really hope to come back next year’