Whitehaven afc u12 Girls became the first ever girls team in the clubs history to lift the county cup on Sunday. The Girls team were formed in 2011 and have grew from strength to strength over the years but the County Cup had allured the Girls, although they came close in 2017 & 2018 when the current u14s were beaten finalists twice, but a 8 year journey hit its newest milestone and biggest so far by winning this most prized Cup & Title.
Whitehaven started brightly from the start with Eden Hetherington creating a couple of chances with solo runs, using her power and also great ball control. Whitehaven eventually broke the deadlock after 12 minutes when a ball out of defense found Sienna Mcnicolas who was in magnificent form all day on the wide left, Sienna turned inside and sprayed a perfectly weighted ball to the right which Eden latched on to, cutting inside and rode two challenges and smashed it outside of the right boot in to the top of the net. This settled the Lionesses down and they started to control the game, holding good possession of the ball, 4 minutes later it was 2 0, Evie Davis played a beautiful ball out on the right wing to Ella Robinson who put a low cross in that was converted at the back post by Sienna Mcnicolas, Whitehaven had another chance to make it three when Millie Teare ran on to a through ball from Ella Acton but her powerful drive hit the angle of post and bar.
Midfield Maestro Ella Acton Celebrating The Win!!
The second half started like the end of the second with Whitehaven using the ball well, with the defense being superbly marshalled by Emmi Davidson, as Northbank tried to get a goal back but Whitehaven had a number of chances to go further in front as Jaya Pilkington played Millie on again and she fired just wide, Ellie Parkin had two chances one smartly saved by the keeper and one missing the target.
Northbank started to come into the game later in the second half pumping a number of high balls into the box which Grace Gorley comfortably dealing with, Whitehaven managed to hold out and the final whistle was meet with jubilation and captain Ella Robinson was presented with the county cup on what turned out to be a perfect team display.