Before the match the players observed a minutes silence in memory of Kayleigh Haywood. Purple ribbons were tied around ach goal post in memory of Kayleigh who was from the Coalville area. The silence was impeccably observed by both teams.
The cold and windy weather wasn't conducive to watching football, but the families were in good voice as the girls tried to get some warmth by providing an entertaining end to end match. There was endeavour form both sides and Coalville provided good opposition in an even first half. The balance of play probably favoured Pride Park but the girls were unable to put away a number of chances and it was Coalville who took the lead with five minutes of the first half left. A speculative long range shot took a couple of deflections from bodies and the wind and ended up in the back of the net. Pride Park continued to press undaunted and got the equaliser they deserved on the stroke of half time. A quick throw was picked up by Milly whose shot found the back of the net.
The second half saw tremendous midfield battling and tenacity from the girls and Coalville's keeper pulled off a number of great saves to deny Erin, Milly and Ellie T. In our goal Ellie G was assured and calm providing a solid base for the stalwart defence of Georgia, Ellie and Kiera. As the half progressed Pride Parks quality passing and intelligent running turned the balance of the game. They finally got their deserved reward and what proved to be the winning goal with ten minutes of the game left. A whipped cross from Katie was turned in by Ellie T leading to great celebrations.
The remainder of the match saw great attacking from Maleah, Katie, and Milly with a corking long range effort from Halle.
A great result and well deserved. The coaches were really proud of all the girls, any of whom would've been a deserved player of the match so we awarded it to the whole team.