St Ives snatch victory over Bourne under-12 girls

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St Ives executed a perfect smash and grab against Bourne Town under 12 girls to take all the points with a 1-0 win on this return fixture after a goalless draw the previous weekend.

Taylor Dean who was unavailable last week immediately made her presence felt as she rampaged down the right wing on several occasions to set up chances for the home side.

Bourne came close to scoring after six minutes when Libby Friel beat two St Ives defenders on the left wing and played in Eleanor Smith, her low shot just missing to the left of goal with the keeper rooted to the spot.

Further pressure from Bourne and some neat one touch football led to a double block by the St Ives keeper to keep out Libby Friel.

St Ives rarely threatened and it took them 18 minutes to create their first real chance from a low cross into their unmarked striker who shot wide of the target.

Bourne continued to push forward, playing out from the defence and setting up several opportunities, the best chance falling to Taylor Dean whose shot from the centre of goal was well stopped by the St Ives keeper. Bourne ended the half clearly on top.

The start of the second half continued in the same vein when Taylor Dean’s cross, come shot was blocked on the goal line.

There was a growing feeling amongst the home support that perhaps it just wasn’t going to be Bourne’s day and sure enough it was St Ives who scored what later proved to be the winning goal. A corner kick was sent into the near post and was superbly headed low and hard giving Molly Bull no chance. Bourne were not deterred and continued to press, Lucy Burney’s fantastic shot from almost the half way line deserving better after it was tipped over the bar by the St Ives keeper.

Both teams displayed excellent effort and determination in the last 10 minutes cancelling each other out.

Bourne’s manager, Chris Bull jointly awarded the star player to defenders Ellie Cooper and Leah Rayment who kept St Ives at bay for the majority of the game.