Rangers' girls crowned U16 league champions
Longhoughton Rangers U16 Girls finished off a fantastic 2015/2016 season in The Pinpoint Recruitment Junior Football League with a thumping 6'“0 home win against old rivals, Blyth.
Last Saturday’s sixth straight victory means that Rangers will be crowned “Le Championette” League winners later in May.
Knowing that they needed at least a draw to be sure of their first ever league title, Rangers’ played with determination and discipline right from the start and never looked like settling for a draw.
They took the game to Blyth and their defence was rarely tested - on the few occasions it was, it proved impenetrable. Blyth themselves defended bravely for the first 25 minutes; but, Rangers’ intelligent passing and lightning pace eventually took its toll.
When Lucy Newby was upended in the box, the referee pointed to the spot and Jade Barrett fired the home side ahead with a textbook penalty kick. Ash Grisdale extended Rangers’ lead just before half time, diverting another shot from Jade Barrett past the keeper.
Blyth did their best to get at Rangers in the second half, but the title pretenders’ eyes were keenly focussed on the prize. Three swift goals midway through the second half, scored by Amy Lawson, Jade Barrett & Ash Grisdale, calmed the nerves with Amy Lawson netting the sixth.