NORTHUMBERLAND GIRLS’ U15 FOOTBALL LEAGUE
Longhoughton Rangers...6 North Shields...1
FIVE goals from Morrison and a first of the season for Finney was enough to tame North Shields Wolves in a blustery league encounter at Westfield Park.
Morrison benefitted from some fine play by Hutton to net her 18th goal of the season after five minutes, capitalising on the early pressure to open the scoring.
Longhoughton continued to press, showing attacking ambition and Finney turned provider on the 10-minute mark, her surging run and fine delivery setting up Morrison who rifled home from the edge of the area.
Shields’ Taylor gave the Rangers goalkeeper Burn an anxious moment with a 20-yard effort that was just wide on the quarter-hour mark.
Sherburn in the Shields goal pulled off a number of fine saves to deny the home side, before Morrison’s corner curled in wickedly 10 minutes from the break, to secure the striker’s hat-trick.
Wood deserves huge credit for helping to set up Longhoughton’s fourth.
The defender’s challenge broke up a dangerous North Shields attack before she threaded the ball through for Finney down the right. Finney cut inside to release Morrison and Rangers’ mercurial Captain swept home the simplest of finishes to make it 4-0 going into the break.
Clark pulled a goal back for Shields in the 47th minute, a thunderous drive from 30 yards, but by then Rangers had done enough to secure the three points.
Longhoughton worked really hard for the win, the wind howling across the pitch playing havoc with anything lofted into the air, but once again Morrison turned in a player-of-the-match performance to guide the home side to victory, the forward netting her 22nd goal in six games on the 54th minute after some outstanding play by centre-back Lewington.
Burn was forced into action to save at the feet of Taylor 10 minutes from the end, before Finney beat the offside trap to collect Smart’s long-ball down the right, the tireless forward running free of the visitors’ defence before firing a shot that dipped and swerved in the wind, leaving the Shields keeper beaten, a goal that her performance had thoroughly deserved.
Player-of-the-match: Morrison. Manager’s player: Finney. Longhoughton: H Burn, E Smart, B Lewington (E Lester, 35), E Parry, J Morrison (c), C Wood, C Hutton, S Lazenby, H Finney.