Daniel’s hat-trick destroys Shropshire
NOTTINGHAMSHIRE Under 16 Girls’ Squad, a joint venture between the County Schools’ Association and Notts FA, started their season with a 4-2 victory over Shropshire at Dunkirk FC in the first round of the English Schools’ County Championship.
After a worrying start in which a misdirected back pass went to an opposition striker, who squandered the chance, Nottinghamshire took the lead in the third minute when Annalise Daniel finished a neat interplay of passes.
The visitors looked dangerous on the break but sound defensive work from centre-backs Courtney Caunt and Jewel Francis-crossley, and fullbacks Neave Archer and Imogen Lunn, kept them at bay until a minute before the interval when Shropshire equalised.
In the second half, Eden Burch shot into the corner of the net to restore the lead, before a powerful run by Daniel ended with her rounding the keeper and shooting into an empty net.
A through ball was lobbed over keeper Sophie Towle to keep Shropshire in the game but Notts rounded off a much improved second-half performance as Daniel’s superb curling shot completed her hat-trick and confirmed Nottinghamshire’s place in the second round.
They will be away to either Staffordshire or Greater Manchester. Before that they meet Lincolnshire at Collingham FC in the Midland Counties League (Eastern Division) on Wednesday (7.15pm kick-off).
Six schools from Nottinghamshire including one from the City have reached the third round of the English Schools’ FA Playstation Under 13 Cup.
Rushcliffe led the way with a 14-0 success at Long Eaton School while Redhill Academy (Arnold) ran them close by beating Joseph Whitaker (Rainworth) 12-3. Whitehall hit six, Kokkinos added two more, while Mcguigan-lockley, Coleman, Slater and an own goal completed the rout.
Nestora Kemabo scored four for the Becket School (Wilford) in their 8-2 win at Christ the King (Arnold). Oakley Kennedy and Dominik Tyrko both netted two apiece.
Bluecoat Wollaton from Aspley defeated Arnold Hill 4-0 with Cameron Mohammed, Ashley Nk and Mel Sharpe (two) on target. One of the closest games came at West Park School (Derby) where Carltonle-willows reached round three with a 4-3 success.
West Bridgford and Toot Hill (Bingham) produced a tighter match with the former leading 2-1 at halftime. Toothill scored to take the game into extra time which produced no further goals. Bridgford went through 4-2 on penalties.
In round three, four of the county schools have been drawn together with Bluecoat Wollaton at home to Rushcliffe and West Bridgford meeting Becket. Other ties are Redhill v Tupton Hall (North-east Derbyshire) and Carlton-le-willows v Branston Community Academy (Lincoln and Gainsborough).
Next Saturday, the Nottinghamshire Finals of the Reprotec seven-a-side tournament for Under 11 school teams will take place at Sutton Lawns, starting at 9.30am.