Beeston and Reading take home U18 Girls' titles

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U18 Girls' Cup Final: Huddlestone, Pearce and Burge are the Bees' knees in U18 final.

Wakefield (0) 0

Beeston (1) 3
Alice Huddlestone FG 9’
Maddie Pearce FG 40’
Esme Burge FG 62’

Goals from Alice Huddlestone, Maddie Pearce and Esme Burge stung Wakefield as the Bees U18s retained the Girls' U18 Cup.

Beeston started the game in confident mood. Huddlestone used her pace to cause the Wakefield defence problems early on. Huddlestone was rewarded for her hard work and beat Becky Hague to give Beeston the lead inside nine minutes. The Beeston forwards were pressing the Wakefield defence forcing keeper Hauge into action a number of times. The goalkeeper excelled pulling off a string of fine saves to keep the score to 1-0 at the break.

The second half opened with a goal in the 40th minute, Pearce slotted in Beeston's second after a well-worked team attack into the circle. The Wakefield defence were putting bodies on the line with a brave save from Vivi Way standing her ground on the near post to deny Beeston a third.

With ten minutes to go Megan Davis was forced to make a diving save to deny McGrath a goal for Wakefield. After a Wakefield penalty corner Beeston went straight back on the counter attack with Burge launching the ball over the keeper's left shoulder to extend the Bees' lead to 3-0.
Wakefield pressed on searching to get on the score sheet but the Beeston defence worked hard to deny them. Wakefield threw everything at the reigning cup holders but Davis made outstanding saves to deny any chances of a goal and the title was theirs. 

Girls’ U18 Plate Final: Reading’s Great Wall hands them the title

Reading 2 (1)
Hannah Collier 28 (FG)
Beth Wall 46 (FG)

Alderley Edge 1 (0)
Jessica Clitheroe 53 (FG)

Reading lifted the U18 Girls’ Plate with a hard-fought 2-1 win over Alderley Edge. The Sonning Lane outfit led through Hannah Collier’s goal before Beth Wall grabbed a second. Although Edge hit back via Jessica Clitheroe, Wall’s intervention was the decider.

The game took a while to get going with both sides sizing each other up. Clitheroe had the first real chance but Katie Goddard made a superb block to deny her. At the other end Harriet Whittaker performed heroics making a stunning stick save to keep out Frankie Hogge.

Edge forced a series of penalty corners but both Imogen Walker and Julia Tennant were left frustrated by Goddard. Just before the break the deadlock was broken. Whittaker made a fine save from a corner but Collier was on hand to slot in the rebound.

Reading went close from a second half penalty corner before Wall’s mazy run and smart finish doubled their lead. Clitheroe stabbed in from close range to halve the deficit but despite a flurry of late pressure from Edge the ‘Ding held on and took the honours.

Sophie Liu captain for Reading U18 Girls:

'It feels amazing, we have come so close each year and so this is really nice to get some silverware. Playing here is amazing, when we came in everyone was running and cycling around as it is such a sporting venue so everyone was quite in awe to play on such a cool pitch. All of us were really nervous but we managed to hold our own.'