A new look Blackpool U11’s Squad took to the Bourne Poacher Football Field on a pleasant Saturday morning. Like ducklings to water and after only a few training sessions to their name, the girls positioned and played together with a maturity far exceeding their years. Against a strong Wigan side, already having played very well together last season, Blackpool’s task seemed huge.
Playing a friendly 3x 20 minutes match, both teams came out fighting.
In the first few minutes, good work between Sophie Slater and Aleysha Montgomery saw Sheneil Lymer nearly opening the score. With a good run by Montgomery and Lymer and Hannah Bettison combining their skills, Lymer again goes close to scoring with only a fine save by the Wigan keeper keeping the score 0-0.
Minutes later Bettison and Slater's one-two results in a fine opening goal from the right-foot of Slater.
Minutes later Slater shoots at goal again with her shot just going over the cross-bar.
With some great defending from Katie Odonnell and Olivia Brodie at the other end, Wigan was denied an equaliser.
Blackpool see Darcy Barratt coming on for Montgomery and Imogen Purdon on for Bettison with Sophie Burns on for Brodie.
With good passing going on between Purdon and Barratt, Wigan was beginning to show signs of losing their formation. Minutes later Blackpool was awarded a free kick, with Lymer having no problem smashing it into the top corner Balotelli style.
A good save by Lucy Williamson denied Wigan’s forwards a goal moments later. Blackpool were soon on the attack again, with another fine goal this time scored by Imogen Purdon, sending the keeper the wrong way.
Odonnell was keeping busy in defence which led to the ball going out wide to Barratt who's perfect cross deflected in off a Wigan defender.
Another great save from Blackpool goalkeeper Williamson, pushing the ball over the crossbar again denied Wigan a chance to open their score sheet.
All the girls keeping their composure and formation, Wigan just couldn’t break through, and another run by Purdon going past three of the opposition nearly saw a fifth goal for Blackpool. But with time running out and the joyful sound of the referee blowing for full-time, an elated Blackpool team just couldn’t contain their smiles. With proud coaches, parents and grandparents watching them, Blackpool Girls FC u11’s squad had finished their first (friendly) match of the pre- season.
Final Score; - Blackpool FC Girls 4 Wigan 0
Well done girls, a great start.
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