Wenger's late strike caps magnificent display
2:01pm Thursday 31st October 2013 in Sport
VALE GIRLS U16s 1
CARDIFF CITY 0
THE Vale Girls' U16s soccer side produced a magnificent performance to beat a Cardiff City side who went into the game with an unbeaten league record.
Vale goalkeeper Rebecca Egerstrom produced a brilliant save to deny the busy visitors in the early stages, but the home side gradually got themselves into the game with some excellent football. Vale kept the Cardiff 'keeper under pressure, but were unable to find the net. Ellie Wenger and Emily Hill made penetrating runs down the right and a cross from the latter was placed just wide.
The Vale midfield was showing great composure and Shanice Donovan produced possibly her best ever display with her ball distribution. The 0-0 half-time scoreline was, overall, a good reflection of play.
With the Vale getting on top after the break, Wenger shot over following a corner and Grace Samuel and Georgia Atkinson combined well before the City 'keeper saved well.
Cardiff stepped up the pace, but with Niamh Teague and Kelsey Murray dominating in the centre of defence, and full backs Shani Masani and Lou Antanassio keeping the City wingers under the closest scrutiny, the visitors were unable to break through.
The Vale dominated the last 10 minutes and, after good efforts by Danni Kerslake, Hill and Samuel, a superb move started by Teague and Kerslake, allowed Wenger to snatch the vital goal.
This was a superb team performance and should give all the Vale players the utmost confidence for the rest of the season.