Hearty success

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FLEETWOOD Town junior girls’ teams have found the winning habit – with a vengeance!

The Under-13s won the league cup, while the Under-11s completed the league and cup double.

The Under-13s beat unbeaten Academy Juniors to claim the league cup.

The score was 0-0 at half-time with neither side able to break the deadlock.

In the second half, Academy opened the scoring when a looping header evaded Town keeper Gabi Aston.

Fleetwood hit back within a couple of minutes when Charlene Flaherty’s throughball was misjudged by the Academy keeper.

Anna Reynolds picked up the loose ball, rounded the keeper and slotted the ball into the empty net.

However, Fleetwood weren’t level for very long as Academy soon netted again.

Once again, Town showed their character when Anna Reynolds scored.

She picked the ball up in her own half on the edge of the centre circle and unleashed a left-foot shot that flew in.

The game looked like going into extra-time before Fleetwood got the winner with four minutes left.

Town won a corner on the right-hand side, and Francesca Hearty lofted the ball to the top corner and the Academy keeper couldn’t keep it out.

Two-goal Anna Reynolds was the player of the match in this 3-2 victory.

n The Under-11s, who clinched the league championship title the previous weekend, added the league cup by beating Lytham St Annes YMCA 7-2.

It was a tough test for Town against the team occupying second spot in the league.

YMCA took the lead with a tidy, lofted shot by Rachael Houghton.

Karys Rouse equalised with a 16-yard shot, before Fleetwood midfielder Madison Stoney netted and Rouse added a third.

Fleetwood keeper Naomi Rankine kept YMCA at bay as the first half ended.

Rouse completed her hat-trick after the restart, and added a fifth, before being replaced by Olivia Richardson.

Stoney scored Town’s sixth before she was replaced by Ellie Pitman. Town added a late goal to secure a league and cup double. Houghton also scored YMCA’s second.

Blackpool Girls Under-11 2, Wigan Athletic 1

THIS was a fine win against a side still harbouring hopes of claiming the West Lancashire League North title.

Wigan made the livelier start, but Blackpool started to play with more confidence, Kayleigh Monaghan putting the Seasiders ahead with a tap-in from close in.

Blackpool got the second half off to the best possible start when Tia Worrall increased their advantage.

Hannah Speake made some fine saves for Blackpool before Wigan pulled a goal back to set up an exciting finish.

The win was Blackpool’s best result of the season.

Manchester City Under-12 1, Blackpool Girls 1

LEAGUE winners Blackpool were determined to make it difficult for a side vying for runners-up spot. It was a close contest in the first half, the sides turning round at 0-0.

After the break, Seasiders broke the deadlock with a goal from Natasha Fenton, but their joy was short-lived as City equalised soon after.

Blackpool had the chance to win it with a penalty, but Stephanie Haigh missed it.

Despite their best efforts Blackpool were unable to increase the scoreline,

When City pressed, fine defending from Ellie Fisher and Erin Croft in goal saw the scoreline left intact.