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Girls Football: Agony and ecstasy for young Diamonds
« on: January 25, 2007, 09:09:30 PM »
A SHOT at singing stardom might not have gone to plan for Peterborough Ladies, but they are perfectly in tune on the pitch.
The club's attempts to scoop a slice of cash on ITV show Fortune: Million Pound Giveaway to record a football anthem for England's appearance in the Women's World Cup next year ended in failure.

Their Eastern Region Premier Division title tilt could well be more successful after an awesome first half display catapulted them to an impressive 5-0 win over Cambridge University at the weekend.

The two teams had fought out a 3-3 draw earlier in the season and another tight game was expected. But that prediction was soon shattered as the city side ran riot with Donna Nicholls hitting a hat-trick and player-of-the-match Clare Knibbs netting the other two goals.

Defender Mel Obradovic played pivotal roles as Knibbs struck twice in the space of three first half minutes to take control.

There was still time for Nicholls to crack two more goals and for Knibbs to have an effort thump back off the bar before the break.

Nicholls provided the only scoring highlight of the second half when completing her triple-whammy with a fine individual goal to leave manager Maria Rudd delighted.

She said:

"We played really well and produced one of our best performances of the season.

"The team is really starting to gel and I am sure they can go on to achieve a lot together."

n HEIDI Hepworth has waited seven years to score a goal, but the Azure defender had the net bulging at the weekend.

Hepworth unleashed a 30-yard screamer to set the city side on the way to a comfortable 2-0 success over Kettering Town in the quarter-finals of the Northants Cup.

That strike was all Azure had to show for a first half they totally dominated and more chances went begging in the second period before Vicky Lines deceived the keeper with a trundling low shot to double the lead.

Azure boss Steve Bates had to turn to the club's blossoming youth ranks for this game after an inujury crisis robbed him of several senior players.

Under 16 aces Chanade Henderson and Lorna Gallagher both played with considerable credit as Azure set up a potential semi-final meeting with local rivals Northampton Town.

And that is not a tie Bates is relishing after Azure dumped the higher level Cobblers out of the Womens FA Cup earlier in the season.

Bates said: "We know they want revenge for what happened in the cup and we would need to up our game by 100 per-cent just to have a chance against them.

"But, in light of our injury problems, we are just delighted to be through. A win is a win as far as I am concerned.

"The two youngsters did not look out of place in the first team and I am sure there will be more chances for them - and possibly some of their Under 16 team-mates - in the weeks ahead."