Six of best for Essex girls
PUBLISHED: 14:57 17 November 2015 | UPDATED: 17:20 17 November 2015
Under-16: Cambridgeshire 3 Essex 6
Beau Parker (Brittons), Ammarah Ali (Forest), Sade Walters (Sydney Russell) and Georgia Griffin (Frances Bardsley) were all on target as Essex hit their rivals for six in an English Schools’ FA inter-county qualifier at St Ives.
Great Baddow’s Yasmin Cowley bagged a brace as the county side strengthened their position in the SEESFA table, but they had to come from two goals down to earn success.
After that slow start, Essex composed themselves and slowly got back into the game, with Ali in a withdrawn striker role opening their account as she jinked her way through the home defence and drilled into the back of the net.
Before long a textbook move down the left-hand side included some great interplay between Parker and Griffin set up Walters for a calm, composed finish.
The hosts led 3-2 at the break, but Essex looked a different side after the restart.
Possession was clinical and purposeful and goals came quickly from Griffin, Cowley and Parker, before Cowley completed the scoring.
Goalkeeper Grace Staunton (Sacred Heart) pulled off a fantastic save to ensure Essex kept a second-half clean sheet and the back four worked tirelessly to ensure Cambridge were kept in check.
“It was a great first game considering many of the girls don’t know each other,” said coach Emma Burden.
“It’s an exciting season ahead for everyone.”
Essex: Ammarah Ali (Forest), Amy Day (Sandon), Beau Parker (Brittons), Chloe Dunn (Philip Morant), Connie Forman (Mayflower), Georgia Griffin (Frances Bardsley), Grace Hill (Appleton), Grace Staunton (Sacred Heart), Maizi Garwood (Shenfield), Molly O’Shea (Harris Academy), Niamh Gamble (St John Payne), Sade Walters (Sydney Russell), Saffron Heffer (Tendring Technology College), Tilly Deacon (Fitzwimarc), Yasmin Cowley (Great Baddow).
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