School Sport: LeBeau lifts Marshalls Park
PUBLISHED: 08:30 16 October 2015
Bower Park 2 Marshalls Park 5
Marshalls Park’s year seven girls claimed victory at Bower Park in their first fixture.
After a slow start by the visitors, Ellie Cunningham got a good shot off that was saved by the Bower keeper.
Yasmin Parkes and Sydney Torry played well together in defence and made sure the ball was rarely in the Marshalls half.
Amber LeBeau and Cunningham both worked hard on their respective wings, putting in cross after cross, but all shots were directed at the keeper.
Then, after some great play in the middle by Katie Smith and Jessie Ellis, the ball was pushed wide for Cunningham to score the first goal of the game.
LeBeau, not wanting to be left out, quickly responded and scored from the left to put Marshalls 2-0 up.
Bower Park kept pressing and responded with a shot from outside the box that beat keeper Lilly Hadrava and sailed into the top right corner of the net.
But Marshalls won a penalty for handball in the box and, when Cunningham’s spot-kick was saved, LeBeau converted the rebound.
LeBeau went on to complete her second hat-trick in as many days as Marshalls went 4-1 up at half time, before coach Miss Whitley introduced some less experienced players for the second half.
The substitutes fitted in well and worked hard to keep possession, with Rossington putting pressure on the ball wherever it went, Smith winning headers and Morley working to keep Bower offside.
Some great goalkeeping from Hadrava brought her out of her box, but in heavy rain, a slip meant Bower gained control and, when the ball was caught on the line by Torry, the home side were awarded a penalty which was converted.
But Marshalls had the final word to win 5-2 in a very positive start for a team of mixed experience.
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