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 Under 12's Bounce Back with Win

Kingshurst produced a brilliant performance today to bely their lowly position and win many admirers amongst the Derby parents.

After the disappointment of Wednesday night, it was important that the girls produced a good performance which they did.

It was a fairly even first half with much of the play taking place in midfield. Superbly marshalled at the back by the number 5, the Ewes found her a formidable opponent with her pace.

Katy had the Ewes first shot in anger, meeting Amber’s low corner unfortunately putting her shot over the bar.

Sophie overhit a through ball for Aimee however, the keeper couldn’t collect it cleanly and Aimee fired into the side netting.

It was always going to take something special to open up this defence and so it proved. Aimee collected the ball inside her own half and despite being surrounded by three players she ran half the length of the pitch, cut back inside, and scored past the wrong-footed keeper.

The second half started brightly for the Ewes with Sophie hitting the crossbar on a quick breakaway.

Kingshurst where now looking an attacking threat and their number 4’s shot forced Emma into a smart save. At the other end Lydia’s shot brought a good save by the Keeper and Aimee couldn’t direct Sophie’s cross on target.

A lovely worked move involving Sophie and Amy found Lydia in space but she shot straight into the side netting.

As the game ebbed and flowed, the Ewes started to enjoy the best spell and Sophie had two good chances. First, she fired wide of the left hand upright, then running through she lifted her shot over the crossbar.

A trademark Aimee run saw her cut inside but she dragged her left footed shot wide of the post.

Finally, it was Kingshurst that finished the game in the ascendency as the speedy number 8 ran through the defence, forcing Emma to play as a sweeper and clear upfield and the number 10 forced Emma into a diving save.

It was a really good competitive game, arguably the best game we have had all season. With the two teams set to meet again in a few weeks’ time, it sets up the Final of the Open Cup nicely.