School Sport: Marshalls Park girls bounce back
PUBLISHED: 08:56 12 November 2015 | UPDATED: 08:57 12 November 2015
Essex Cup: Marshalls Park 5 St Angela’s 1
Marshalls Park’s under-13 girls bounced back from their National Cup exit to beat St Angela’s in the second round of the county competition.
Park were determined to prove a point and Yasmin Parkes was introduced to midfield, adding good pressure to all goal kicks.
The home side started strongly and dominated possession, with Ayesha Anderson showing a huge improvement on previous games and working hard all game to close down all attacks by St Angela’s.
Amber LeBeau showed good positioning from a well-timed cross from Cunningham to finish with her left foot and open the scoring.
And goalkeeper Hadrava helped create a strong attacking game with great distance achieved on kicks.
After a bit of encouragement during the half-time interval to pressure the St Angela’s keeper and close down all shots, Park set out with a renewed energy, switching Riches into defence for her strong clearing skills.
Goals came quickly from Ellis and Cunningham and, after some scrappy play in the box, Tibbs also put the ball in the back of the net.
St Angela’s battled hard throughout and, after a quick turnover, one of their players took the ball the length of the pitch and the placed her shot brilliantly past Hadrava.
Park’s Skilbeck and Poppy Le Beau responded in defence and made sure all loose balls were claimed and sent through for more attacks on goal.
And with daylight nearly gone and the final stages of play looming, a free-kick was awarded outside the box and Pilley stepped up and fired into the top corner to complete Park’s nap hand.
Coach Miss Whitley said: “I was very pleased with the team’s performance. There were huge improvements by select individuals and a much better attack on goal by the midfield.
“It’s a positive performance to take into the quarter-finals.”
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