Final only one step away

NORTHUMBERLAND GIRLS’ LEAGUE, U16 COUNTY CUP

Lowick...4 Cramlington...2

THE Lowick girls progressed to the semi-finals of the County Cup competition with a hard-fought victory over Cramlington.

The visitors had the best of the opening exchanges, putting pressure on a Lowick defence which had to be changed from the usual set-up.

Cramlington had the best of the opening exchanges putting pressure on a Lowick defence which had to be changed from the usual set-up.

Lowick played at 4-5-1 formation with Becky Robinson the lone striker. Lowick defended, well-led by captain Mel Steven and were able to absorb the Cramlington pressure and counter-attack effectively.

Lowick broke the deadlock when Robinson broke forward and was able to pass to Anna Darcy who converted from close range.

They were unable to hold the advantage when the Cramlington midfield were able to press forward and their captain drove home a 20-yard strike.

Cramlington added to their advantage when their forward made a smart turn to fire home from 12 yards just before half-time.

The second-half saw a different Lowick performance with wide players Libby Scott and Leonie McLeod coming more into the game and Lowick having more possession.

Lowick secured the equaliser five minutes into the second half when the impressive Darcy pounced on a mistake in the Cramlington defence to score.

This was the boost that Lowick needed and they proceeded to play their best football of the match with Sammy Grieve and Holly McKeneley combining well in midfield. Lowick began to create chances with Georgia Thompson coming close when she headed over the bar from a corner.

The breakthrough finally came when a through-ball from Kirsten Patterson saw Robinson coolly beat the keeper.

Cramlington pushed forward searching for an equaliser and again the Lowick defence of Patterson, Cass, Shirriff, Thompson and keeper Purvis were up to the task.

With five minutes to go, the result was finally settled when a through-ball found Robinson who sped through to score her second of the match.

In a match which demonstrated the team spirit and resolve of the Lowick girls, the best on the day were goal-scorers Darcy and Robinson.