Magpies Under 11 girls produced a much improved performance this week at the Pelicans tournament. They were unbeaten in their 5 matches and finished a close 2nd to Norwich City in the tournament featuring 6 teams.
Magpies started with a frustrating 0-0 draw against Dereham despite dominating territory and possesion. However, it was important not to lose our opening match.
Magpies then got 3 points from a 1-0 victory aganist Pelicans. The girls had lots of attempts on goal and evetually Emily McCluskey scrambled the ball into the net.
Magpies were now playing with confidence and quickly picked up another 3 points from a convincing 2-0 win v Watton. Sophie Long scored with a super hit and Kara Kilborn got a deserved 2nd after lots of efforts on goal.
Winners and runners up medals were then up for grabs when Magpies played Norwich City (who had won the other 2 under 11 tournaments this season). This proved to be a really competitive and exciting match. Ana Berry (who had so far kept 3 clean sheets in the tournament) made several good saves and Holly Hunter had 2 good chances at the other end.
Norwich took the lead from a short corner. Ana made a good block from the initial shot but Norwich reacted quicker to the rebound. Magpies did not give up and put Norwich under pressure in the closing minutes. Kara Kilbourn scored a superb individual goal (beating 2 defenders and the keeper) with the last touch of the game.
Magpies then beat Norwich B (another goal by Sophie Long) to finish with 12 points. The draw against Dereham in the first match in the end cost Magpies 1st place in the tournament. They can be really pleased with the progress they are making at the moment. Aswell as our goalscorers the defenders Betrice Flatt, Katie Crawford and Krystal Jenkins plus goalkeeper Ana Berry had an excellent tournament.
Magpies Under 13 girls defending a short corner.