Mellor 12-3 Liverpool
Traveling to Mellor is always an exciting game for Liverpool, little did they know that in the second half snow would appear! The start of the game was very level between Mellor and Liverpool with equal possession and it took a while for both teams to convert goals. Mellor came through with the first 2 goals scored by captain Paisley Knox followed shortly after by a goal from Liverpool which came from a clear and a fast break. The first half ended 5-2 to Mellor. In the second half, Liverpool started communicating much better and fought stronger for every ball. Mellor knew they weren’t in for an easy second half with the score line so close and therefore needed to make some changes. After structuring the defence to play a more zoned position (as opposed to man on man), Mellor managed to keep Liverpool out for a good 20 mins. In attack Mellor focused on movement around the goal and also taking chances on the fast break. Liverpool’s defensive unit built in strength throughout the second half, and their attack started to pass more resulting in a more productive attack. Both Mellor and Liverpool played with a full team effort, a number of Mellor players were nominated for MVP; Christie Mearns, Katie Spence, Paisley Knox and Nina Townley all mentioned. But this week Abbie Wright took the title due to her transition in the midfield and support on the ground balls. Top goal scorer for Mellor Paisley Knox scoring 7 of Mellor’s 12 goals. For Liverpool, goals came from Lyndsey Sung, Charlotte Clulow and Gabby Simms. Their MVP was Charlotte Clulow.
Brooklands 12-11 Stockport
Having played Brooklands just before Christmas and held them to a close margin until the last quarter, Stockport were determined to play better in this leg. The pitch had held up well and was in good condition. Brooklands were missing a few key players as well as their goalkeeper and with no subs, they knew this game would be a tough one! Both teams started out well with even possession throughout the first half. The low sun restricted visibility somewhat from one side perhaps allowing attackers in both teams an advantage over the goalkeepers. The first half seemed to fly by with goals at both ends and the half ended 8-5 to Brooklands. The second half brought with it more competition and the game stepped up a level. Brooklands played very well, with Lydia Hewitt (top goal scorer) doing great on the draw and scoring some fantastic goals. The game was very end-to-end but Brooklands were effective on the clears and got the ball down for some settled attack. It is great to see how much their U15s have improved and have become valued members of the team. There were some fantastic draws from Stockport with a number from Holly Deacon, winning the ball herself and then carrying on up the field to score. The weather turned during the second half and the teams had to deal with rain, sleet and sideways hail; making it difficult to see, but both teams carried on regardless. As the end of the game was approaching, it became more tense and frantic and eventually ended with Brooklands just clinching the win. Scorers for Stockport were Ellie Gosnay, Allie Welsh and Holly Deacon with three goals each, and Chloe Dodd with two goals. Stockport had a great team performance and are obviously disappointed to be beaten by such a narrow margin. MVPs for Brooklands were Paula Chandler who did an amazing job in goal, and Iona Whyte who played amazingly in the midfield.
Oxton 11 – 8 Heaton Mersey
Heaton Mersey want to thank Oxton for agreeing to play 10-a-side at the last minute due to two Mersey players suddenly being unavailable. Although it was sunny, the air was freezing which made the warm-up and the match ever more challenging for the teams who only had 10 players, but they were determined not to let that hinder them. Oxton came out strong taking the lead and definitely put the Mersey defence to the test, but Mersey were able to get a few quick goals to keep the game quite tight until half-time. In the second half, Mersey came out fighting strong and scored a couple more goals, still trailing Oxton. Two of Oxton’s key players took it upon themselves to score a few quick individual goals in succession putting Oxton at 11. Mersey was able to get up to 8 goals before the end of the game and they were very pleased with the end result. Charlotte Raymer was top goal scorer for Heaton Mersey.