Girls left to rue missed chances

Northumberland Girls Football League'Under-15's League''24 March 2012''Longhoughton Rangers FC v Cramlington Town
Northumberland Girls Football League'Under-15's League''24 March 2012''Longhoughton Rangers FC v Cramlington Town

NORTHUMBERLAND GIRLS’ FOOTBALL LEAGUE, U15 LEAGUE

Longhoughton Rangers FC...2 Cramlington Town...3

LONGHOUGHTON were left wondering what might have been as they spurned a number of chances on goal to give visitors Cramlington the points at Westfield Park.

Rangers began well, with Morrison testing Strasenburm in the Cramlington goal early on and Keech shooting wide from the edge of the area.

Captain Morrison should have done better when put through on goal by Hutton in the 10th minute, but the visitors’ goalkeeper was quick off her line to block the Longhoughton forward.

Pacey winger Keech was given space on the left to turn and run at the Cramlington defence, beating two players before rifling a vicious shot across the face of goal, but despite all the early possession, Rangers weren’t converting their chances.

Cramlington’s first real effort on goal came in the 14th minute when Wilson released a thunderous right-foot shot that cannoned off the crossbar.

The visitors took the lead through Wilson in the 20th minute following a quick break. With Rangers outnumbered at the back, she found space to turn and rifled a blistering shot low past keeper Burn (0-1).

Keech missed a chance to equalise for the home side, blasting over from 10 yards and Morrison fired into the side netting with 10 minutes left in the half.

Rangers’ persistence eventually paid off when, in the 33rd minute, Parry and Wood combined well, before Parker released Keech down the left and the winger curled in a fabulous strike from 20 yards to level the scores (1-1).

As the half moved into stoppage time, Rangers took the lead, Morrison charging clear to force a save from the Cramlington goalkeeper, only for Keech to pick up the loose ball and tap in from two yards (1-2).

The second half began in blistering pace, with both sides in an attacking frame of mind. Cramlington’s impressive midfielder McLean came close in the 41st minute, but a last-ditch tackle from right-back Davison denied the midfielder.

Cramlington equalised in the 50th minute.

The ball ricocheted between opposing players on the edge of the 18-yard box and McLean’s lofted shot sailed over the out-of-position Burn to make it 2-2.

With a quarter of an hour left Cramlington took the lead when Wilson fired low into the left corner (2-3).

Longhoughton dominated the last 10 minutes, searching for an equalising goal, but it wasn’t to be.

With Cramlington taking the points, Rangers must now wait on other results to see if they can keep hold of their fourth place finish in the league.

Longhoughton Rangers FC: H Burn, E Davison, C Wood, E Parry, H Finney, C Hutton (S Lazenby 45), E Lester (H Parker 25), R Keech, J Morrison (c).Player-of-the-match: Morrison. Manager’s player-of-the-match: Parry.