Whitehaven AFC U16 Lionesses competed in the Cumberland FA League Cup Group Stage on Sunday. They triumphed emphatically after winning all games and conceding no goals to book a place in the CFA U16 League Trophy Final next week against Castletown.
Talented Emily Hewittson pictured above controlling the midfield!!
In the Lioness first game they came up against Milnthorpe, this was a really tough opening game and both sides fought hard to control the game with not many clear cut chances in the first half and this resulted with first half ending 0-0.
Second half continued in similar vain to the first with Milnthorpe not giving an inch. In a game of few chances it fell to free kick specialist Abby Guilfoyle who stepped up after a free kick was awarded, and hit the ball sweetly from 30yds, the goalkeeper parried the ball but as all top striker do Ashleigh McAllister was on hand to put the ball in the back of the net to make it 1-0. The Game opened up now as Milnthorpe searched for an equaliser, Phoebe Reid, Courtney Mckenzie and Hot Shot Holly McNabb and the rest of the Lionesses creating some good opportunities on the counter while remaining solid at the back and seeing the game our 1-0.
Another tough game was up next against Stanwix who have a rich history of producing top players and after a very short rest it was always going to be tough. The coaches made some minor changes using the depth of the travelling squad to provide good game time to all the Lionesses, a feature of what the club is about.
Again it was a tight affair, with neither side wanting to make a mistake, Amateurs got it in a great position, only to be stopped by giving away a freekick. This freekick was a little closer than the one in the previous game, Abby Guilfoyle stepped up again and shoots, David Beckham style, and literally a carbon copy to the Lionesses goal in the first match, the goalkeeper parried straight to the following up Ashliegh Mc Allister, 1-0.
Second half the Lionesses dominated the ball much better and created several chances that should've put the game to bed and made the scoreline more comfortable but Stanwix held firm and the Lionesses finished with another 1-0 win.
With the Lionesses place secured already in the final, the coaches kept this from the girls as they entered their third and final game against Castletown.
Again a rejig of players, giving all the girls some deserved game time, meant the girls coming on, flew out the traps eager to impress in the last game. The Lionesses not only created chances early on but once again remained strong at the back. Soon enough two great goals followed, the first by the stunning Ashliegh McAllister who had one of her best ever performances of the season and netted her third of the tournament and then Zara Denvir who is always a threat going forward netted a goal herself which was richly deserved . A cynical handball gave the Lionesses a penalty for the third, slotted away in the corner by Emily Hewittson who showed excellent calmness, although the keeper did get a hand to it, the score was 3-0 at half time. The Coaches made four changes at halftime and team captain Molly Dougan sat out this entire game after playing in the earlier two games in which she was magnificent, showing power, skill and a great end product.
The Lionesses created more chances in the second half, but no more goals, ending 3-0.
A great days performance, coaches were especially pleased and commented 'The clean sheets throughout the day were the most pleasing aspect to be honest, all down to solid defending and covering each other when needed and doing what we have been working on in training, Special mention must go to Ruth Atkinson our goalkeeper, who kept her concentration levels up and when asked upon delivered some great saves.Onward to the final.. That gave us a real solid base for our forward thinking players to play with freedom and create positive goal scoring opportunities and we are delighted by the quality the girls showed and some good goals from them. We really looking forward to the final now which we feel the girls deserve for all the hard work they have put in this season.
Talented Goal Keeper Ruth Atkinson Watches The Team After A Great Save!!