Pool youngsters are crowned champions

Blackpool FC Girls Under-11s
Blackpool FC Girls Under-11s
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BLACKPOOL FC Girls Under-11s were crowned champions at the annual Birkdale tournament, beating a team from Brazil along the way.

Victory against Euxton girls in the final handed deserved cup glory to Blackpool, after they comfortably sailed through the previous rounds of the tournament.

A 6-1 win over Hesketh Colts gave the youngsters the kind of start that they were after.

A fine performance from Sheneill Lymer saw her score four goals, with the opener coming in the first minute.

Imogen Purdon and Sophie Slater added to Lymer’s four, while Hesketh could only muster a mere consolation to prevent a whitewash.

Blackpool strolled through the second round with as much ease as the first, when they came up against Town Green.

An early brace from Slater put the side in a strong position, before Darcy Barratt scored the third and provided for the fourth.

A dangerous cross that was whipped in by Barratt from the right flank was deflected into Town Green’s net by their own defence, under pressure from Hannah Bettison to make it 4-0.

The young girls met tougher opposition in the third round in the form of a Brazilian girls’ side.

It was Lymer who broke the deadlock.

The youngster weaved in and out of challenges from three Brazilians before drilling an unstoppable shot into the bottom corner.

Excellent inter-play from Purdon and Barrett set up the perfect opportunity to give Blackpool some breathing space, which Purdon duly took and finished as she sent her side into a 2-0 lead.

Blackpool nullified any attacking play from the Brazilians as they coasted into the quarter-finals.

Blackpool were pitted against Euxton in the last eight and it proved to be a tight clash, with the deadlock being broken in the second half.

Slater set the ball rolling, gliding past three Euxton players before drilling the ball into the net.

Slater doubled the lead when Blackpool countered later on into the match, gifting the youngsters a place in the semi-finals.

A meeting with Hesketh again was in store for Blackpool in the penultimate round.

The Under-11s found it to be a much more hard-fought encounter this time, as Blackpool required the ever-impressive Lymer to put them into the lead.

The young girls cemented their path to the final when quick passing movement between Aleysha Montgomery, Slater and Purdon set up the latter to make it 2-0.

Another clash with Euxton awaited Blackpool in the final and much to their delight the score from the quarter-finals was repeated.

Lymer found her way on to the scoresheet as she put Blackpool in front with a low and powerful drive into the opposition’s net.

Slater added to her impressive tally for the tournament after good work from Sophie Burns and Katie O’Donnell found her in space to finish.

Blackpool’s tough rearguard continued to stave off any threat as they held out to become worthy champions of this year’s tournament.