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Doug Outt18 Sep 2023 - 17:30
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With the new season getting into full swing here’s a roundup of selected junior games last weekend

U18 Panthers 2 - 10 Coalville Town
There was another good start for the Panthers, looking good in the opening 15-20 minutes in which they had a strong penalty claim turned down, when Kelcie was pushed in the back as she ran through with only the keeper to beat. Kelcie also went close when she latched on to a pass from Paige, but her shot went just outside the far post.

Panthers defence were then caught by a ball over the top and the striker was quick to take advantage to give Coalville the lead - a pattern that was repeated several times, before Erin scored her first, shooting high with the goalkeeper only able to help it on the way in to the roof of the net. Half-Time 6-1.

Despite having shown some glimpses of what we can do when we play together, the goals conceded dented our self-belief, but the girls’ effort cannot be faulted and we got another reward as Harriet didn’t give up pressuring the ball, which lead to a misplaced pass and Paige took advantage to cross the ball in to the box for Jess to slot home into the bottom corner with a calm finish. We created 5-6 good chances and with a little more luck could have made for a closer scoreline.

U11 Lionesses v Beeston
An excellent overall performance from the Lionesses - a significant improvement on last week from back to front.

Emily made some good strong saves, particularly coming off the line to challenge the attacker. She made 3 amazing saves her hero Mary Earps would have been proud of and collects the Player of the Match Award.

There was also some outstanding defending from Zoe and Jess, both just brilliant and a top performance from Jess in her first ever league game as they communicated well, won tackles and worked as a unit.

Midfielders Ellie and Lily-Mae were impressive, winning the ball and setting off our wingers.
It was really nice to see Lily-May getting stuck in, looking a lot more confident in the midfield position.

Emelia looked at home on the wing and did a great job while playing this position. Wingers Iysla and Daisy in the first half were amazing; winning the ball and driving forward and Daisy getting on the end of a great team move.

Summer got stuck in and played well in only her third game, Evie played a few postions but really worked hard on and off the ball and Emelia drove with the ball well, got stuck in and was an absolute nuisance to the opposition.

Overall a much better performance, with a few things to work on in training.
Chris & Gary

u10 Jaguars v Chellaston Tigers
Esther and Tiana shoring up the defence sticking tackles in when needed and Alicia making crucial saves early on....

Amber made some good runs down the left wing coming closer with final balls , Lucy and Freya both having good runs into the opposition box and zara backing the girls up in midfield with crucial tackles.

Nun coming on in defence, showing her defensive skills straight away with a number of crucial tackles when called upon which she expertly carried on throughout the rest of the game, showing what a real asset she will be for this season.

Wren up front and Esther in midfield worked their socks off. ‚New' Esther also shown how she is improving with a number of good tackles and at one point taking a weavy run up the field herself taking the ball past a number of Chellaston players before unluckily being dispossesed....

The player and coaches player of the match award went to the ever dependable 'original' Esther who once more showed her versatility in a couple of different positions.

U9 Pumas v Swadlincote
Right from the first minute, the girls were straight into the game and on the front foot with Millie looking particularly sharp and combining well with Bella. Then Millie turned creator when laying off to Robyn for a great shot. Millie rounded off an impressive „player of the match” performance with a brilliant solo run.

The Pumas also defended well when called upon and limited Swadlincote’s opportunities.
It was a really strong performance from all of the girls, especially as for most this was only their second proper game.

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