MCFA U18 Girls Cup Final

Match report

Match Report

Manchester City Girls saw off their Ashton Puma counterparts in the U18 Girls Cup final as they ran out 14-0 victors at the City Football Academy on Friday night.

The young Blues ran rampant in their quest to secure victory and they put the Pumas to the sword who, to their credit, worked tirelessly and showed great spirit until the final whistle.

Manchester City Girls enjoyed the majority of the possession in the early exchanges and they struck first when Ellie Doggart broke clear of the defence and poked a low effort past Pumas keeper Indya Bruce from the edge of the area.

There was a brief injury scare when Pumas left-back Chloe Jones went down with a knock to the leg, but she was able to return to the action.

City began to move through the gears and were 3-0 up inside the opening 20 minutes through two superb long-range strikes courtesy of Mia Holden and Amy Long. 

Pumas remained undeterred by their early setbacks and gave the young Blues a scare when Katie Bowie was sent through on goal. Unfortunately the ball strayed from her reach before she could shoot. 

Tia Jackson soon added more woe to Matt Embury’s side, when she tapped in at the back post from a low cross to establish clear daylight between the two sides.

A quickfire double from Leah Tibbot completed the first-half scoring, the latter a sumptuous chip from the edge of the area to add gloss to the scoreline and give their opponents a mountain to climb in the second half.

Securing victory

Both sides made encouraging starts after the break, with the Pumas remaining resolute against their counterparts.

Two goals in quick succession extended the Blues lead even further, with two smart finishes enhancing the gap between the two teams - Tibbott crowning her performance with a hat-trick in the process. 

With 10 minutes remaining, Doggart secured her own hat-trick after a neat finish into the bottom corner to beat the Bruce, before Ella Thwaites' arrowed effort zipped into the top corner to send City into double figures. 

Doggart added to her own tally with her fourth, before Ellie Foxford and Katie Anderson completed the rout as Manchester City Girls reigned supreme to lift the Girls Cup.

Written by Jordan Eyre


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