The North's semi-final was a closely contested battle with both sides coming close to scoring early on. Late in the game, however, Mhairi Pennifer unleashed a beautiful curling shot from the edge of the box, which floated high into the top right hand corner of the goal to seal a 1-0 victory. The final was to be against Bury Rangers Red, the only team which the StACY girls had failed to beat last season in the league! Bury went ahead through a polished finish early on in the game, but the plucky StACY girls were not happy to leave it that way! Passion and team spirit shone through and, after a delightful passing movement involving nearly every member of the team, Romy Kelleher and Isabelle Poole combined to pick out Shauna Smith, who turned two defenders and released a powerful shot across the Bury 'keeper to level the score. Extra time followed but, alas, neither side could find the winner! The referee indicated penalties...and up stepped City's heroic 'keeper Millie Leavold. Two Leavold penalty saves later, a win was placed in the hands of captain Mary Leach, who bravely stepped up and capped a fantastic day's performance by sliding the ball firmly into the net.
A brilliant performance by the whole team was witnessed by both manager and supporters, who were overjoyed to take home an early piece of silverware. Well done girls!
The Under 12's Girls came away winners of the tournament after winning two matches and drawing three to win it on points. The goalscorers were Olivia Almond 2, Abbie Sullivan and Kathrine Hatton on her debut for the club.
Photo Credits - Under 11's DE photo
- Under 12's Janet Almond