Welsh Cup exit for U16 girls
12:01pm Wednesday 25th September 2013 in Sport
VALE GIRLS U16s 3
VALLEYS UNITED U16s 5
MISSING two senior players, the Vale Girls' U16s soccer side opened their home fixtures with a Welsh Cup game against a useful Valleys side.
In the early exchanges, Vale goalkeeper Shanice Donovan made several excellent saves to deny a strong looking Valleys attack and there was good defensive work by Shanaz Masani and Gabbie Cates.
A breakaway led to the Valleys taking the lead but the home side battled back strongly and, after a good passing movement, Ellie Wenger lobbed the 'keeper to round off a good run. Vale pressure paid off again when an excellent corner from Emily Hill produced a clinical finish by Jess. Valleys hit straight back to move into a 3-2 half time lead.
Vale opened the second half strongly and were quickly on level terms when Wenger scored her second goal after a corner.
The game again became fairly even, with both sides having opportunities, but, with the Vale attack missing many chances, it came as no surprise when the strong Valleys attack scored twice in quick succession to move into the next round.
Gabbie Cates, Georgia Atkinson and Danni Kerslake all had fine games for the Vale and the side showed that they will perform well this season. However, they are still looking for a few more girls to give the squad a little more depth and anyone interested can contact the club on valegirlsfc@gmail .com.
To the embarrassment of the Vale side's management, the only thing that spoilt the game was that the council did not turn up to open the dressing rooms and girls from the Valleys team, being away from home for almost four hours, found themselves having to look around Barry Island for facilities.