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Girls dish out six of the best to reach cup final

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: February 26, 2014

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Staffordshire County Cup U16 Girls semi-final

Leek Town 6 Wyrley Panthers 0

LEEK dominated this County Cup semi-final at Birchall and will now meet Stoke in the final.

The hosts opened the scoring after Amber Stanway was fouled and the resultant free kick taken by Charlotte Bromley was sent over the top of the Wyrley defence for Alice Naden to score.

Leek almost went further ahead when right back Emma Smith passed inside for Stanway to unleash a 30-yard shot which hit the bar.

On the half-hour, Lucy Kelsall was brought down on a charge into the box and Naden converted the spot kick to make it 2-0.

From the restart, Kirsty Ryder quickly won the ball back and played a good ball to Elise Skelding, who ran half the length of the pitch to force a corner. The resultant flag kick dropped to Charlotte Bromley, whose shot was tipped over the bar.

Kelsall won Leek a third penalty after being up-ended in the area – but this time, Naden's spot kick was saved by the keeper.

Leek keeper Austin produced a good save and quickly found Kelsall, who used her speed to run past the Wyrley defence and make it 3-0.

Five minutes into the second half, Katie Maya found herself in space and from 20 yards out, hit the back of the Wyrley net to make it four.

Wyrley then had a good ten-minute spell, and defenders Smith and Mollie Shaw both had to make good interceptions.

Wyrley had their best chance of the game when a striker broke through and forced Austin to produce an excellent save.

Naden found herself one-on-one with the Wyrley keeper but hit the post with the ball rolling across the line.

Maya was now in full flight and went past three Wyrley players, firing just wide of the target.

Both Kayleigh Barnes and Kelsall had good chances, but again shot just wide of the post.

The ball was then picked up by Elise Skelding on the edge of the area and she went past a Wyrley defender and hit the back of the net from 10 yards to make it 5-0 for Leek.

In the final moments, Ryder again ran through to make it six.

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