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LSFA Under 14s Girls

Management Team 2017-2018:

Mike Nadal, Mike Whitworth

 

 

Lancashire Schools Under 14's Girls

The Under 14's girls will take part in the ESFA Inter Counties trophy for the second time in 2012/13 in the second season of this competition. Season 2011/12 saw the County reach the final of the competition where they were narrowly defeated 2-1 by Essex at Norwich City's Carrow Road ground having taken an early lead through Gaby Taylor.

The Lancashire squad has been put together thanks to the hard work of the Mike Timberlake and the LSFA committee and the volunteer management team of Michael Nadal, Laura Went and Amy Foxcroft in 2011/12 and Michael Nadal and Keira Davis in 2012/13

Season 2012/13:

Management team: Mike Nadal and Keira Davis
Teacher Representative: Mike Timberlake          Parental Support: Peter Seed

Friendly Matches:

Lancashire 4 Vantan Jalkapalloseura 5, Friday 19 October, Squires Gate F.C.

Lancashire kicked off the season by hosting a touring side from Finland and despite being at least a year younger than the touring side Lancashire were well in the game and gave the opposition a real test throughout an end to end game.

The Finish team were excellent in possesion of the ball and showed real ability when pushing forward however Lancashire grew into the game and as they started to believe in their ability they gave an excellent account of thereselves which see's the squad in great shape ahead of the new season.

Staffordshire 0 Lancashire 5, Monday 25 February, Stafford

Lancashire travelled to Staffordshire for a mid season friendly match in preperation for their ESFA National trophy match against Merseyside and turned in an excellent performance despite the M6 doing it's best to interupt preperation for the game.

Staffordshire started well and with a really fast tempo and caused Lancashire early problems with balls in behind on what was an excellent playing surface and facility at Stafford Town FC. However the early threat was dealt with and Lancashire started to grow into the game and match Staffordshire's physical approach which allowed them to play some excellent football.

Natasha Fenton's free kick hit the post and was followed in by Katie Dudgeon for her first County goal and minutes later she doubled that tally when latching onto a cross from the right hand side. Staffordshire were still very much in the game at this point and will only improve with more playing time together but it was Lancashire that struck again just before half time when Becky Smith broke clear on goal and slotted past the advancing keeper from 18 yards.

Half time: Staffordshire 0 Lancashire 3

Staffordshire once again got off to a lively start however a couple of efforts were dealt with comfortably by the Lancashire keeper.

Lancashire's fourth goal came from Skipper Katie Samuels who converted a coner from the left hand side as it was not cleared by the Staffordshire defence.

The final goal rounded off an excellent team move when Gaby Taylor showed fantastic awareness to pull the ball back to Lucy Staunton Turner who had the simple task of tapping the ball home.

Many thanks to Staffordshire for hosting the game and good luck to them in their next game against Buckinghamshire.

Full time: Staffordshire 0 Lancashire 5

ESFA Inter-County Trophy Games:

Round 1: Lancashire 6 Worcestershire 0, Tuesday 5 February, JMO Sports' Park, Skelmersdale

Following difficult driving conditions encountered by both teams on their way to the JMO Sports Park, Skelmersdale, the game started in atrocious conditions with a cold strong wind blowing down the pitch accompanied by driving rain.

Nevertheless both teams attempted and succeeded in playing good football on the superb 3G surface. Playing against the strong wind in the first half suited Lancashire’s short-passing game and they took the game to Worcestershire despite facing the elements. It was therefore no surprise when Alice Adams put Lancashire ahead after 10 minutes following a good Lancashire move. Megan Hester doubled Lancashire’s lead just before half-time with a strong run and shot from the right wing.

Worcestershire defended stubbornly at the start of the second half despite strong Lancashire pressure with the elements now in Lancashire’s favour. The decisive third goal came from the penalty spot following a foul on Alice Adams and Olivia Hooper coolly converted the spot –kick. Lancashire then added three more goals in the last ten minutes with a powerful drive from Alice Adams, a great finish from the left wing inside the near post by Natasha Fenton and a superb shot from outside the box by Brenna McPartlan to round off an excellent Lancashire move.

The sportsmanship of all the girls was exemplary and both teams, officials and parents enjoyed the hospitality at the reception after the game at Skelmersdale United Football Club.

Round 2: Lancashire v Merseyside, Tuesday 5 March, Wren Rovers F.C., 7.30 p.m.

Details have been emailed to parents- Please ensure you arrive on time so the team can prepare appropriately, thanks.

Season 2011/12:

ESFA Inter Counties Cup Final: Essex 2 Lancashire 1- Played at Norwich City FC

Lancashire once again had reasons to believe that they might have deserved to win this final however it was more even than the U16's final which they also fell to defeat in.

Both teams started nervously however it was Lancashire that took the lead after Mayumi Gilliam brilliantly cut inside from the right flank onto her left foot only to see a shot from 20 yards brilliantly tipped around the post by the Essex keeper. It was from this corner however that Lancashire took the lead when captain Thea Mallett swung in a corner which found it's way to the back post where Gaby Taylor cooly turned the ball in.

However Essex grew into the game and equalised when confussion in the Lancashire defence allowed the Essex forward to break and she made no mistake with the chance. Essex also hit the bar from a free kick before another free kick caused chaos in the Lancashire defence and a lack of communication saw the ball end up in the Lancashire net.

Half time: Essex 2 Lancashire 1

A fired up Lancashire dominated the second period however despite a lot of possession chances were wasted in decent positions and when the correct decision was made the target was missed with the final shot.

Congratulations to Essex on their win and many thanks to ESFA and Norwich City for a once in a lifetime experience.

ESFA Inter Counties Cup Semi Final: Hertfordshire 0 Lancashire 4

Red Roses from Lancashire march onto ESFA National Final

Lancashire has its first ever ESFA Inter Counties Girls Cup Finalist tonight after the Counties U14s overcame many hurdles to reach the final recording a 2-0 away victory at Hertfordshire in the very warm conditions after a 4 and a half hour coach journey south.

The side having only played one competitive match together, which was the Quarter Final success against Merseyside were worthy winners of this Semi Final.

The game started slowly with Lancashire probably having the better of the play but chances were limited however Lancashire did create some half chances through Sasha Rowe and Georgia Lambe which were easily gathered by the Hertfordshire keeper.

Hertfordshire attacking was being dealt with fairly comfortably by the Lancashire defence as the Lancashire management team looked to make changes to give them the edge. Olivia Askam and Gaby Taylor came on and Lancashire immediately found another gear and the breakthrough soon came.

Olivia Askam found space in behind the right full back after running onto a through ball she held off the strong challenge of the defender and coolly slotted past the advancing Hertfordshire keeper on the angle to give Lancashire a deserved lead at the half time interval.

Half time: Hertfordshire 0 Lancashire 1

Hertfordshire came out strongly early in the second period and Lancashire’s defence were put under some real pressure which they did well to withstand without any major alarm however the first 10 minutes were a real test of the visitors resolve and having past the test they went on the offensive again.

A few more half chances came and went, before Captain Thea Mallet stood over a Central Free Kick with which she rattled the crossbar. However she was not to be denied the goal that free kick deserved when she fired in a cross which found it’s way directly into the net midway through the second period.

This gave Lancashire some breathing space but Hertfordshire continued to ask questions particularly late on when Meghan Pope made a great one on one stop to deny the Hertfordshire striker and Katie Maher also dealt with a couple of long range efforts well.

The final whistle was greeted with real joy around the ground which included a strong army of around 35 parents and spectators who made the long journey down to support the players. On behalf of all the management and players can we thank you for your support.

Today marks an historic moment for Lancashire Schools FA and all the players, parents and management would like to wish the Under 16’s the very Best for their ESFA National Semi Final against Derbyshire in 24 hours time.

Come on Lancashire!

Mike        Amy      Laura

ESFA Inter Counties Quarter Final: Merseyside 0 Lancashire 4

Lancashire Girls Under 14s playing their first ever game travelled to Merseyside for a very tough fixture in the English Schools Inter Counties Quarter Final and put in a performance to make the County proud.

The side got off to a confident start on imaculate playing surface on a windy evening in Liverpool however both sides caused problems with Merseyside having a couple of snap shots easily saved before Lancashire took the lead around 15 minutes in when Vice Captain Sasha Rowe (West Lancs) cut inside and unleashed a shot from outside the area which left the Merseyside keeper stranded.

Both teams continued to press but the scoreline remained 1-0 to the away side at the break.

Lancashire got the perfect start to the second period when Mayumi Gillam (West Lancs) picked up the ball on the left hand side of the penatly area and managed to beat the keeper into the far post from a narrow angle to put some daylight between the sides.

Lancashire extended their lead ten minutes later when Captain Thea Mallett (Ribble Valley) delievered a corner which caused problems in the home defence and Alisha Houghton (Preston) was in the right place at the right time to stab home.

The 4th goal secured the win after 56 minutes when Katie Samuels (Hyndburn) bulletted a header past the keeper from another corner from the Lancashire captain.

Lancashire deserved their win against a quality Merseyside squad and now face a long journey for the Semi Final against Hertfordshire however they enter the game in high spirits after a great start to County Schools football both on and off the field.

Well Done everyone

Mike       Laura         Amy

Team contact details:

Michael Nadal: Phone 07866677598 or email: lsfagirlsunder16@hotmail.com

Follow the Girls news live on twitter at: http://twitter.com/LSFAGirls

ESFA Inter Counties U14's Draw: http://www.esfa.co.uk/competitions/?view=2011,Girls,u14g_ict,1

Information for players
After receiving information re selection for a game:
Ensure that the time and date are entered in your diary
Should you become unavailable for any reason, contact LSFA at the first opportunity - do not leave matters until the last minute
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