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Lancashire Schools FA Girls do it again.....
« on: May 13, 2016, 04:08:35 PM »
Lancashire continue their astonishing run in the ESFA PlayStation Schools Inter Counties cup with a thrilling win in the final at Birmingham City FC against old rivals Essex. A game worthy of National coverage with Essex technically very good with 13 COE based players and Lancashire with 5 COE players with two at U13's on the bench, one the keeper and the Captain forced off injured after 15 minutes they proved just how good grass roots players are with their sheer determination to win- and yes the penalty decision is very unfortunate.

Match report and full game viewing is below:- The coverage by the way is outstanding 

Lancashire are simply FOURsome National Champions!!

Lancashire Schools FA Girls U14’s won their 4th consecutive English Schools FA Playstation Schools National Title in the most dramatic of circumstances at a rain soaked ST Andrews Stadium home of Championship side Birmingham City FC live on You Tube!

Their opponents were high flying Essex who had tasted defeat to Lancashire in last season’s final on penalties and had a number of players who played in that game available to them again while Lancashire had only two so revenge was very much the order of the day from the southern County.

After a start which was pretty even with both teams feeling each other out Essex showed the ball retention and pace which was to cause Lancashire all sorts of headaches as they found themselves 2-0 down with just 15 minutes on the clock.

A mixture of poor marking and quick Essex interplay down their left saw the ball squared to Maddie Briggs who made no mistake. The same happened two minutes later as Lancashire were outpaced down the same side and again the ball was squared to Briggs and Essex were in dreamland.

It was at that point that Lancashire lost inspirational captain and Centre Half Milly Robertson (South Ribble) through a long term injury and a reshuffle ensued with Eve Sutcliffe (South Ribble) dropping into the back four to perform superbly and Millie Schofield (Burnley) slotting in just behind Kadie Morrison (Blackpool) up front.

Lancashire then started to settle into their surroundings and apart from a loose final ball they started to cause Essex a few problems however their opponents still looked lively in attack with England Schools International Lucy Egan prominent.

Just before half time came a pivotal moment- Lauren Tunstall (Preston) rolled in Centre Forward Kadie Morrison who cut inside and forced the Essex defender to slice to Sophie Slater (Blackpool) who took one touch and rifled an unstoppable 25 yard drive into the bottom right hand corner giving the keeper no chance and Lancashire renewed hope and belief going into the half time break.

A passion team talk at half time from management team Michael Nadal, Michael Whitworth and Ellie Hilton left the players in no doubt that they could do the impossible and it proved to be the catalyst for a much better period of play.

Lancashire retained the ball well and controlled possession better in the second period and although Essex continued to create chances both sides didn’t really threaten each keeper until Sophie Slater let fly once again from the edge of the box to force the Essex keeper into a smart save. This prompted a change in system from the Red roses who went in search of an equalizer.
Lancashire then had chances but both Aimme Hodgson (Lancaster and Morecambe) and Cara Milne- Redhead (Hyndburn and Ribble Valley) couldn’t connect properly inside the penalty area. Lancashire’s next chance came as a corner was clear straight back to Cara Milne Redhead and her drilled cross across the six yard box took Kadie Morrison by surprise and she diverted wide at the back post with the goal at her mercy.

Essex who were always dangerous on the Counter attack as Lancashire poured forward had two chances to put the game to bed but they weren’t taken and as the game entered the 2nd minute of injury time the drama was just beginning. Lauren Tunstall broke down the left but her pass was over hit to the Essex keeper who collected however her kick from hands fell straight to Abi Fenton (Hyndburn and Ribble Valley) and she exchanged passes with Cara Milne Redhead and took on the Essex full back to win a fortunate penalty for the Red Roses.

The penalty was dispatched with extreme calmness by Cara Milne Redhead to give Lancashire a deserved equalizer on the balance of play but in fortunate circumstances and sent the Lancashire players, staff and supporters into raptures!
The first period of extra time beckoned and both sides embroiled in a midfield battle with neither side really being able to fashion a clear cut chance as their players through their bodies on the line for the cause.

The second period got underway and as Lancashire began to tire Lucy Egan of Essex hit another shot from range off the outside of Lancashire’s post but it was the team spirt and character of the Red Roses that won the day.
With the game seemingly heading for penalties Lancashire broke in numbers and Cara Milne Redhead threaded a ball to Kadie Morrison who glided beautifully past the Essex Centre Half, looked up and rolled in Aimee Hodgson who as the calmest person in the ground let the ball roll across her body and placed the ball into the bottom right hand corner to send Lancashire into dreamland with just 3 minutes to play!

Essex weren’t done yet and once again they let fly from range forcing Emma Bradley (Hyndburn and Ribble Valley) into a flying double save down to her left which she pushed away only for it to be recovered and volleyed back which she turned away down to her right hand side for a corner as Lancashire were determined not to be denied a 4th consecutive ESFA PlayStation Schools National title.
The full time whistle brought tears of joy from many players as they realized the enormity of their achievement on the day and throughout the season.

Joint Manager Michael Nadal said “The players have achieved the impossible to come from two goals behind after 15 minutes against a quality Essex side. We were fortunate to have the opportunity to equalize but I don’t think anyone who’s watched these girls throughout the day and season can deny that they deserve to be National Champions through the sheer passion and desire they show for their County”
Lancashire added the National title to their Northern Counties Schools FA title which they won at a festival back in March and joined the U16’s who also won their 5th consecutive Northern Counties title back in March with an impressive 3-0 victory over South Yorkshire

The whole ESFA PlayStation Schools Inter Counties National Cup final is available on ESFA TV You Tube channel via  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yrJYfhM_0s from 3hrs 45 minutes onwards

Lancashire Schools FA Girls U14’s Northern Counties Schools and ESFA PlayStation Schools National Champions 2015/16

Emma Bradley (Hyndburn and Ribble Valley), Emma Fulton (Chorley), Sheneil Lymer (Blackpool), Amy Edmondson (Hyndburn and Ribble Valley), Milly Robertson (South Ribble)- County Captain, Eve Sutcliffe (South Ribble), Sophie Slater (Blackpool), Abigail Fenton (Hyndburn and Ribble Valley), Cara Milne- Redhead (Hyndburn and Ribble Valley), Kadie Morrison (Blackpool), Kaitlin Woodhead (Chorley), Annabel Collin (Lancaster and Morecambe),    Izzy Atkinson (South Ribble), Lauren Tunstall (Preston), Aimee Hodgson (Lancaster and Morecambe), Millie Schofield (Burnley), Grace Mills (Rossendale), Jessica Greenwood (Rossendale), Chloe Broughton (Rossendale), Isobel Catlow (Chorley)

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Re: Lancashire Schools FA Girls do it again.....
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2016, 07:38:27 PM »
Just imagine how good these girls would be if they were all in a CoE - they might even be good enough to represent England !   

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Re: Lancashire Schools FA Girls do it again.....
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2016, 07:42:35 AM »
Sat and watched this game via the net at home. A tremendous advert not just for the female game but the game of football as a whole.  It had just about everything. Quality goals, controversy and the passion and desire shown from both teams was up there with the best Ive ever seen.

Both sets of girls did their counties, their schools, their coaches and their parents proud.

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Re: Lancashire Schools FA Girls do it again.....
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2016, 12:56:32 PM »
The referee made a howler of a decision which he apologized profusely for afterwards which denied Essex the win. The commentator was lost for words at the decision and the replays clearly showed it was a great tackle, shame.   

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Re: Lancashire Schools FA Girls do it again.....
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2016, 11:51:15 AM »
What minute of the video is the decision Stevie watched a lot of it but not the whole thing ? 

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Re: Lancashire Schools FA Girls do it again.....
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2016, 05:10:27 PM »
Ah seen it - the last minute equaliser !