Burnley FC Women Under 10s v Blackpool Whites Under 10s
The girls turned up in a joyous mood after a recent victory and were looking to keep their good form going with another win against Blackpool who had won the reverse fixture earlier in the season.
Straight from kick off Blackpool put together a nice passing combination move, with the Blackpool striker getting in behind the Burnley defence with a nice finish into the bottom left corner to give Blackpool an early lead.
Burnley’s heads however didn’t drop and within five minutes of conceding the first goal Burnley were 3-1 up with Summer Fenn getting all three to give her a 5-minute hat trick.
Burnley dominated for the large parts and soon made their dominance count with Alice Scott scoring after getting the final touch after Olivia Rodriguez had cut in from the left and hit a thunderous strike.
Summer Fenn wasn’t finished with one hat trick and some lovely interplay between herself, Leah Harvey and Eden Slater resulted in a further three goals taking her tally to 6 for the game.
A further goal from Summer Fenn and Leah Harvey before the half time whistle gave Burnley the lead at half time.
The players were raring to go in the second half and started just the same as the first, making some great passages of play resulting in a number of chances with the Blackpool keeper making a number of exceptional saves.
Blackpool played a lovely one touch passing move which found the left winger through 1 on 1 with the Burnley keeper but if not for a heavy touch which landed at the Burnley keeper’s feet could have resulted in a second Blackpool goal.
With Summer Fenn having 7, Eden Slater and Ellisse Jefferies we’re keen to get in on the act of getting a hat trick. Eden scored a lovely individual effort for the first and tidy finish for the second. However the third goal was well worked by Burnley with a number of passes and the final pass was laid off for Eden who with a first-time strike got the ball to nestle into the bottom corner.
Ellisse having played first half in goal was looking to get in on the act and did so more or less straight away with a quick-fire double. However, she wasn’t finished there and with not long left in the second half a Burnley cross was cleared, and the ball found Ellisse out on the right-hand side.
The football on show was excellent, passes were more forward than not, players were making runs in behind, everyone played in different positions and players are over the moon and can’t wait to play their next game.
Summer Fenn was given Player of the Match.
Burnley FC Women U14s v Lancaster Giants
The Under 14’s Blues having not played since early January welcomed the Lancaster Giants on Sunday in the semi-final of the North Valley & Burnley Unity League Cup, a team who are league leaders and unbeaten all season.
Burnley started brightly with some positive play and driving runs through midfield but particularly on the right by Lucy C on the wing.
This led to some excellent link up play with Saniya and Georgia and a through ball for Lucy to hit home in the bottom right hand corner. One nil Burnley!
Lancaster then hit back and were quick on the break. Jorja was quick off her line to block the shot but unluckily the ball looped into the goal to equalise. To add insult the Clarets then lost their centre half and Captain Holly to injury. Replaced by Josie the game was pretty evenly matched for most of the first half with shots at either end.
Jorja made some solid saves in goal but a driving shot made it 2-1 to the Giants at the break.
The young Clarets came out with the usual determination to dig deep as they have shown all season without much to show for it. Again, some purposeful wing play, this time from Lucy B, to drive and cross the ball across the face of goal which Saniya then headed down and Grace B to blasted into the goal to equalise.
The Clarets then had more chances at goal with both Saniya and Georgia shooting close. At the other end there was some solid defending by Josie and Lily-Mae for most of the game and Jorga made some further excellent saves.
An excellent goal kick by Jorja found Georgia who then pressed and broke forwards to calmly slot home to make it 3-2 to Burnley. With nerves jangling the Clarets held on but the Giants, urged on by their coach, somehow managed to score again, a lucky break to even the match and take the game to penalties.
A new experience for the Under 14’s but not to be deterred Jorja (Under 13’s) stood solid and brave in goal.
The first penalty from the Giants hit over the bar. Then up for the Clarets was Lily-Mae, who blasted the ball in the back of the net 1-0 Burnley.
The second taker for the Giants scored, 1-1.
Next up stepped Esha to strike the ball into the top corner, 2-1 Burnley.
It was the third taker for the Giants turn, Jorja saved and with the pressure on, Saniya calmly hit the back of the net. 3-1 Burnley.
The fourth taker for the Giants, Jorja saved tipping the ball over the net.
Burnley win after a fantastic performance from everyone against a good team. A great game showing a brilliant advert for grassroots football!
Euxton Girls U15s v Burnley Women U15s
Burnley FC Women U15s final game of the season was a Wednesday night away game to Euxton.
The girls arrived as usual in high spirits, after what some people could only describe as a tough season. However, this didn’t hinder them as they wanted to win the game.
Burnley seemed to be on the front foot until a through ball put Euxton’s striker 1 on 1 with Katie in goal. 1-0 to Euxton.
However, shortly after Leanne took advantage of the Euxton goalkeeper closing her down outside the box by calmly dinking the ball over the goalkeeper and into the back of the net. 1-1.
The girls came in for half time and were determined to get something from the game.
Early in the second half there were some nervy moments for Burnley’s defence, but Katie was in a good position to make some crucial saves, to the defence’s relief.
Burnley couldn’t hang on though as Euxton scored again to make it 2-1.
Burnley tried to attack and find a way through the Euxton defence and got a corner. Trinity put a great ball into the back post where Leanne ran in and smashed it into the net for her second of the game. 2-2.
It just didn’t seem to be Burnley’s season as a few minutes from fulltime Euxton scored a rifling shot from inside the box. 3-2 to Euxton.
Well done to Niamh who got Player of the Match.
Also, well done to both Millie and Caitlin for their last league game for Burnley, from everybody at Burnley FC Women we wish you the best for the future.
Burnley FC Women U16s v Clitheroe Girls U16s
Burnley’s U16s enjoyed a brilliant game in lovely weather at the weekend.
The team came up against a very physical Clitheroe side, so the Burnley girls had to dig deep to play around them.
Burnley’s goals came from Grace 4, Fran 1, Phoebe 1, Ellie L 1 to make it 7-0 to Burnley.
The scoreline was high, however the girls had to work hard to get the goals. Clitheroe had a strong centre back that didn’t make it easy to get past her so credit to the team for their performance.