Back to winning ways

NGFL U11 LEAGUE

Longhoughton Rangers...8

Wylam Rockettes...2

RANGERS U11s Girls took on Wylam Rockettes on a cold and rainy day.

The team’s last two meetings were very close, with a 2-1 win for each team. Wylam got the game under way but the pass from the midfielder to the forward was intercepted by Barrett, who played in Grisdale to score her 14th of the season (1-0).

Rangers’ next attack saw Grisdale pass to Barrett, who shot just wide. They kept up the momentum and Brown was next to shoot wide.

Wylam’s first attack of the game saw the midfield play the ball forward but an ever-alert Lindley in the Rangers goal was off her line to intercept it. Rangers had four more attempts on goal and Wylam had two for the rest of the quarter.

Rangers kicked off the second quarter and were straight on the offensive. Newby ran with the ball into the Wylam half, finding Barrett, who crossed to Grisdale whose shot was saved. Wylam moved upfield but Marshall blocked the ball and played it to Brown. She took it into the box and her shot was saved. Wylam again tried to push forward but this time O’Neill broke up play.

Barrett scored her 16th of the season when Grisdale crossed the ball into the area and she was quicker than the defence and put it in the net (2-0).

Half-time changes saw Lindley move into defence and Marshall in goal. Wylam pushed forward more in the third quarter. Unfortunately, they left gaps at the back and Barrett played in Grisdale, who got her 15th of the season (3-0). Barrett helped herself to her 17th of the season by pouncing on a loose ball, taking a touch and firing the ball in (4-0).

From a goal-kick, the Wylam attacker was quickest to react and pounced on the ball to shoot home (4-1).

Wylam, now with some momentum, attacked down the middle, past the defence and shot low and to the right. Marshall had no chance (4-2).

Rangers organised themselves and played Wylam out of the game. Barrett beat the player she was marking to the ball and her shot rebounded in off the post, her 18th of the season and hat-trick (5-2).

The fourth quarter was all one way. Rangers scored with Barrett getting her 19th and 20th of the season and Brown getting her seventh (8-2).

The girls’ next game is the NGFL Shield semi-final against Newcastle East End, Pitch 2, kick-off noon at Complete Football Gosforth Park.

Rangers: Barrett (scored five and coaches’ man-of-the-match), Brown (scored one and opposition man-of-the-match), Grisdale (two), Lindley, Marshall, Newby and O’Neill.