Girls lose semi-final after penalty shoot-out

PUBLISHED: 14:34 11 March 2015 | UPDATED: 14:34 11 March 2015

Clevedon Under-14 girls lost to Cirencester in a penalty shoot-out in a semi-final match.

Clevedon Ladies Under-14s 2

Cirencester Under-14s 2

(1-2 after penalty shoot-out)

CLEVEDON Under-14 girls lost to Cirencester in a penalty shoot-out after drawing 2-2 in full-time in this semi-final.

Having finished top of their section in the Avon Under-14 League, Clevedon were drawn against Cirencester in the semi-final at Bristol UWE.

Starting well, Clevedon took the game to their opponents, good play by Caitlin Meredith saw Zoe Batchelor open the scoring.

Ella Davey in midfield prompted her forwards and Clevedon took command, with lovely skills from Tamsin DeBude, Joanna Ellis and Georgia Jones-Ralph. Cirencester had other ideas and caught the Clevedon defence off-guard to take the lead at half-time.

The second half was nearly all Clevedon as they poured forward. In defence, Meg Coulter and Anna Barzotelli took control, but great efforts from Meredith and Davey were kept out, before Charlotte Sale popped up to tuck the ball away for the equaliser.

Georgia Houston worked hard to create openings, but Cirencester held out to end the game at 2-2.

In the penalty shoot out, five players were selected, each had eight seconds to take the ball from the 23-metre line in a one-on-one with the keeper. Amy Eager in the Clevedon goal performed brilliantly, but the ball did not run kindly for the strikers as Cirencester ran out 2-1 winners.

Clevedon can take pride in their performance as they established themselves as one of the top teams in the Gloucester/Avon area.

Bridgwater Ladies 3

Clevedon Ladies 1

IN THIS Central League game, Clevedon again produced a battling performance and came close to getting something from this encounter.

In-form keeper Jemilla Colyer thwarted the home attack and Clevedon went close to taking the lead, player of the match Caitlin Meredith giving the Bridgwater defence cause for concern, but the home side’s persistence saw them take a 3-0 interval lead.

After the break, Clevedon stuck to their game and were on top for most of the half, Jane Bennett was strong in defence and Rachel Holmes carved out a chance which went just wide of the post.

Clevedon got some reward for their efforts when Holmes scored from a short corner to make the final score 3-1 to Bridgwater.

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