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Tuesday
Jun032014

Under 11 Girls 2014-15

MANAGER:  Sam Goldsworthy

SQUAD 2014-15: Kasey Wigger, Lauren Issat, Megan Comery, Ellie-Mae Gray, Alexis Hamilton, Ellie Childs, Ellie Collins, Katie Bullock, Chelsea Croft, Paige Clements, Millie Condon 

TRAINING: Fridays, 6-7pm, Alvaston Park

Monday
May262014

New Season: New Team?

Pride Park Ladies are on the lookout for players to join the team for next season - we're holding 'open' training sessions for Ladies aged 16+ on Mondays throughout June, 6.30-8pm adjacent Changing Rooms at Alvaston Park, Meadow Lane, Alvaston, Derby DE24 8QQ

For details and/or to register interest please email info@prideparkjuniors.com or telephone David on 07905 719505.

Thursday
May222014

Annual Presentation Night - 14th June

Pride Park Juniors' annual Presentation Night is now only 3 weeks away, on 14th June at the Riverside Centre on Pride Park. Doors open at 7pm and presentations commence at 7.30.

In addition to the recognition of our players' and volunteers' achievements over the season, the evening features a disco and licensed bar and a special guest.

Admission on the door is £2 for adults, £1 for under 16s, and players free. 

The prize draw features a great selection of prizes, including retail vouchers, meals at restaurants, a hamper, football signed by DCFC first team squad (which by then could be a Premier League first team squad:) and many more - tickets are only 20p each (£1 for a book of five)

Voting is now underway for each team's Players' Player of the Year, and the Most Improved Player of the Year voted for by parents. Voting forms can be downloaded here http://www.prideparkjuniors.com/downloads/presentation-night-2014/ and posted to the address on the form, or handed in via team managers.

If you are having difficulty in downloading the forms, speak to your team manager or email secretary@prideparkjuniors.com

Make sure your vote counts - voting closes on 31st May!

Sunday
May112014

u18 Girls' Runners Up Spot Confirmed

Although they finished their own fixtures last Tuesday night, the girls had an eye on yesterday's final league fixture between Clay Cross, already confirmed as Champions, and third placed Chellaston.

Chellaston won 6-2, to finish level on points with Pride Park who take the runners up spot, due to having the better goal difference - and only a point behind Clay Cross in first. 

Thursday
May082014

u18 Girls Finish on a High

Tuesday’s Derbyshire Girls & Ladies' League Cup Final had us struggling for enough superlatives as the girls brought down the curtain on nine years of junior football in a terrific and exciting game against Alfreton Town at the Autoworld Arena in Matlock.

Although not sufficiently recovered to play, the girls were all delighted that Emily was able to come and watch and support the girls, and we otherwise had a full squad of thirteen to start the game.

Pride Park made a near perfect start when Chelsie opened the scoring after only 3 minutes, but couldn’t hold the lead for long as Alfreton equalised from a corner on ten minutes when a player was left free in the six yard box to stoop and head home.

An accidental clash of heads just before half time ended Carly's game, and reduced Pride Park to one substitute. Despite putting Alfreton under sustained pressure there were no further goals before half time, at which the score remained 1-1.

We continued to make all the running in the second half, keeping Alfreton on the back foot. They defended very well, blocking shots on numerous occasions, and also had a little luck as Tash, Jordele and Jess all had attempts come back off the crossbar.  It wasn’t that Alfreton had “parked the bus”, but the Pride Park girls were playing with such intensity and quality, with Tash and Beth T commanding in central midfield and setting the tempo, that Alfreton were simply finding it difficult to get going.

It was against the run of play, therefore, when Alfreton took the lead with 20 minutes to go. To their credit, the girls didn’t panic, and continued to move and “recycle” the ball well, using the width of the pitch and switching play to probe the Alfreton defence and look for space. Their reward came with 3 minutes left as Chelsie headed home a Tash corner to equalise and send the game into extra time.

The girls carried on where they had left off in extra time, as two minutes in Chelsie completed her hat-trick with another header from a corner by Tash. Pride Park were still looking the most likely but Alfreton refused to lie down, and pulled it back to 3-3. Neither team were able to add to the score before the end of extra time, although with only four minutes left it was Alfreton’s turn to be frustrated in front of goal as Vicky pulled off a diving save low to her right to keep the scores level and send the game to penalties.

The game had been played at a high tempo and the efforts put in by the players started to tell in extra time, with a number of girls suffering from cramp. With only one available substitute we had to manage our resources carefully towards the end, using rolling substitutions to keep the girls fit and eleven players on the pitch - but they were out on their feet at the end.

Alfreton were first up in the penalty shoot-out, which Vicky kept out with a diving save to her right. Tash, Beth J and Chelsie then scored Pride Park’s first three penalties, whilst Alfreton could only score one of their first three, so when they missed their fourth penalty the Cup was Pride Park’s.   

Losing on penalties was hard on Alfreton, who contributed fully to an entertaining game, played in a great spirit by both teams, that was a fantastic advert for girls football. Pride Park had set the tempo and made the running, having three times as many shots on goal as Alfreton, but Alfreton matched them and hung on, defended doggedly and bravely, and took their chances when they came. On balance, however, Pride Park thoroughly deserved the win.

We are so pleased for the girls, who got their reward for their terrific workrate, will-to-win and self-belief, and a reward for all their hard work during the season. In the context of the occasion, the girls had saved the best until last, putting in probably their best all round performance. We are all extremely proud of what they have achieved, not only in terms of the result, and the way in which it was achieved, but also the great spirit and togetherness within what is a terrific group of girls.  

It was a fantastic and memorable way to bring down the curtain on a junior team that was started nine years ago, before starting a new chapter next season as a Ladies team. Well done girls.