Portishead Girls hold league leaders to a draw

PUBLISHED: 09:28 17 January 2018 | UPDATED: 09:28 17 January 2018

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Portishead Town Girls Under-14s held league leaders Ilminster Town to a draw and then beat bottom club Bradley Stoke 12-0.

Six weeks of cancelled games and festivities and finally Portishead Town Girls Under-14s could blow away the cobwebs with a weekend of contrasting matches.

On Saturday, it was the long trip to top-of-the-table Ilminster Youth in the Somerset Girls’ League.

Ilminster took an early lead from an inswinging corner that Tamzin McGill deflected into her own net, a mistake that did not affect her game as she produced a string of outstanding saves to keep a strong Ilminster attack at bay and earn girl of the match.

A half-time score of 1-0 was quickly overturned at the start of the second half when first Keira Howse earned a free kick that Emily Edwards hit with too much power for the home keeper, whose fumble was slotted in by Howse.

Then Edwards ran on to a through ball to beat the home keeper from the edge of the box for Portishead to take the lead. Portishead continued to take the game to Ilminster, but in boggy conditions ran out of steam and were caught out by a breakaway goal from a rebound after McGill had saved the initial shot.

In contrast, on Sunday, it was a shorter trip to bottom-of-the-table Bradley Stoke Youth in the Bristol Girls’ League.

Portishead soon took the lead when a Millie Rosenior cross was netted by Keiana Jones. Tilly Smale made it two when her lob was too much for the home keeper.

Next, Rosenior put in the rebound from a parried Katherine Southern shot, before Katie Quick with a mazy dribble and shot from the edge of the box and Emily Edwards scored for a half time score of 5-0.

The scoring continued in the second half when a Megs Jeffries parried shot was put in by Phoebe Delafaille, taking a break from her usual goalkeeping duties.

An Edwards corner deflected in off a home defender’s knee and a Rosenior corner put in by Southern made it 8-0. Girl of the Match, Tilly Smale scored her second, and Edwards also scored her.

A final score of 12-0 was achieved through two Keira Howse goals, the first from a shot and rebound, the second when the home keeper spilled a Livvy Morgan lob.

The annual Clevedon United Girls’ Under-10s/11s versus the Under-9s game produced another cracker.

The Under 11 team of Amber, Ellen, Izzy, Amy, Poppy, Ava, with a special guest appearance of Chloe scored twice through great play from Amy within the first quarter and looked in the driving seat.

However, the second quarter saw the younger team of Layla, Edie, Macy, Cassidy, Izzy, Emily, Lottie, Ruby and Ella flourish and Izzy pulled two goals back with some brilliant movement.

The final two quarters saw some excellent play from two young teams with strong attacking and defending from both sides. It looked like the game might finish a draw before a strong cross from the wing for the Under-9s team, deflected into goal, winning the game for the younger team.

If you would like to get your daughter involved in the biggest growing team game in the UK, please call the girls’ football secretary, Paul on 07580 255515 or email paul.cujfc@yahoo.co.uk

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