Junior football: Saints Girls matches
Ossett Albion Girls U-10 0HB Saints Girls U-10 3The West Riding Girls League
Saints were happy to be playing football again after a six week break and it took them only a couple of minutes to open the scoring when Safia Touray won a throw-in which Lola Foulger hurled long for Jessicca Corne to control and stroke the ball home.
Touray was heavily involved again as she took the pass from defender Eva Simmonds and found striker Rosie Baylis whose shot was saved at full stretch by the home goalkeeper.
Touray then raced out of her own half and found Corne in the penalty area. Her shot was saved but Foulger reacted first in the crowded penalty area and sweetly struck a second for Saints.
Saints were caught when an Ossett striker raced through but defender Ellie Smith timed her tackle brilliantly to halt the danger.
Ellie Waring went close after good play by Harriet Walton and Baylis deep and Saints continued to dominate in the second half with some controlled football.
Defender Caryhs Martin collected the ball on the half way and found Jessie Jackson out wide. Her pass created another opportunity for Corne but her shot was well saved.
The third goal finally came when Jackson received the ball and found Corne, surrounded by defenders, in the penalty area. Somehow she managed to smuggle the ball out and Foulger buried her second goal of the game in the back of the net.
Saints also had a goal disallowed. when Touray crossed brilliantly to the back post and Walton smashed the ball into the net only for the referee to rule that the ball had gone out of play before it reached her.
Harriet Walton won the star player certificate and Safia Touray the most deserving player certificate,
Idle Girls U-12 1
HB Saints Girls U-12 2
SAINTS' first game since late November brought victory but, inevitably, there was some rustiness after such a long long lay off.
Idle tried to press their home advantage in the first half but the back two of Teegan Simpson and Hannah Kennedy kept them at bay with some fine defending.
Lisa Zhabina was tested in goal by some long range strikes but was able to parry the shots away to safety.
Inn the midfield Grace Powell and Issy Wharton were doing a great job of winning the ball and pushing it forward.
The second half was much livelier as both teams got to grips with the game.
Saints broke the deadlock with a free kick from Rachel Littleboy just inside the half way line which she thundered into the top corner of the net.
Midfielder Rhianna Purvis put in some determined tackling and came close to scoring before Bethany Waring's shot rebounded off the post to Mia Cameron-Foulger who fired home the winner.