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u18 Girls Fixtures Re-scheduled

As a result of today's postponements the remaining fixtures have been rescheduled. The Newhall game will now be played on 5th April, meaning a number of other games have been pushed back by a week or so. 

If there are further postponements and Saturdays are taken the League will schedule games during midweek in April/May.

The only remaining Saturday that is definitely free is next week (22nd Feb) which we have requested as a bye, as several girls are unavailable. 

We can request 3 byes during the season providing we give at least 28 days notice and next Saturday is the last of our byes, so ALL remaining Saturdays up to the end of May, including those where there is no fixture currently scheduled, should be regarded as match days - given the weather and it's impact on our and other teams' fixtures, and depending on our progress in the two remaining Cup competitions, it is likely there will be additional games to be scheduled. 

We have 2 League games remaining and a chance of a top two finish, and we are also in both the 11v11 and 9v9 League Cups. It would be such a pity to miss out on any of these, simply because we were unable to field a full team - and we already know to our cost what an impact that has - please make sure you familiarise yourselves with the fixtures, regularly check for changes, and let me know ASAP if you think there is a chance you won't be available for any dates both Saturdays and midweek, up to the end of May.

And, without wishing to tempt fate, you may wish to note the 1v11 League Cup Final is on Tues 6th May.  

The next week's fixtures are shown below - you can view the full fixture list by clicking below on "league" or "table"




Free Heart Screening 

Following the success of the Free Heart Screening event in September 2012 in which over 120 young people underwent screening Derbyshire County FA have worked in partnership with CRY and the family of Reece Jeffery to organise another FREE Heart Screening event which will take place on Saturday 8th March 2014 at Landau Forte College. The family of Reece Jeffrey would like as many young people aged 14-35 years involved in football in Derbyshire to undertake the opportunity to be screened.

If you are aged 14-35 years and involved in football and would like the opportunity to undertake the fantastic opportunity to have your heart screened then click on the following link and reserve your place   

http://www.testmyheart.org/Screening.aspx   (DERBY event)


Futsal Recognition for Vicky 

Congratulations to our very own Vicky Wilsoncroft, representing Derby County, named in the Football League Trust's South West Ladies Futsal Team of the Month for December 



So Near and Yet So Far for u18 Girls

DGLL Challenge Cup Quarter Final v Alfreton (a) 11/1/13 

After a break of almost a month it was a depleted squad that made the short trip to Alfreton for the Challenge Cup Quarter Final today. Long term injuries to Chelsie and Alice and illness keeping Jordele out, meant an experimental line up; with no recognised strikers available Carly and Hannah were drafted in to lead the attack.

By contrast Alfreton had a full squad but despite this we made a very good start, keeping possession and building up patiently. We were tending to overhit through balls for our stand-in strikers but it was us making the early running.

So it was against run of play when Alfreton took the lead. We responded and put Alfreton under sustained pressure for a while and they could not clear the ball as we forced a series of corners, resulting in scrambles in the area but we just could not find that final touch.

The girls didn't panic and kept on going, and had the ball in the net twice, only for Jess and Carly's strikes to be disallowed for offside - one was clear, the other much less so - before Jess put us on level terms. Half Time 1-1

The second half continued in similar fashion to the first, with us making the running but having to be alert to the twin threat of Alfreton’s fast strikers on the break. As you might expect of a team second in the league, Alfreton had their moments too and enjoyed a spell of good possession and pressure but we withstood it well, limiting their opportunities, and when they did get a clear sight of goal Vicky was up to the task.

We continued to create chances; Emily saw a strike from the edge of the area just clear the crossbar, and BethJ had a couple of efforts just the wrong side of the post. With twenty minutes to go Carly put us ahead. It was a reward for Carly who had done well in an unfamiliar role up front. Unfortunately I didn't see the goal as our run of bad luck with injuries had struck again just beforehand when Jess turned her ankle and had to go off - forcing another reshuffle.

Our lead only lasted six minutes, however, as Alfreton drew level – another goal I didn’t see as I was still tending to Jess’ injury.

We mounted a concerted effort to break the deadlock, and with 10 minutes to go Carly played the ball in from the right, Hannah with her back to goal flicked the ball up with her right foot, swivelled and hit it with her left – it was a quality strike and we all thought it was going in only for the ball to strike the cross bar and go behind with the goalkeeper rooted to the spot.

Despite all our good play and chances, the game was finely balanced and with four minutes of normal time left, Alfreton broke away and scored their third, which had a touch of good fortune about it - but they all count.

We mounted one last big effort to force a replay, and with the clock running down Carly hit a shot through a crowded penalty area, the goalkeeper parried the ball to her right and Hannah following in at full stretch instinctively stuck out her left foot as the ball went across her - but the ball agonisingly went a few inches the wrong side of the post. There was just time for a corner for which we sent everyone up, but it wasn’t to be and it is Alfreton who progress to the semi-final.

It was a disappointing result but there was nothing disappointing about the performance. All of the girls worked tremendously hard, and despite the enforced reshuffles the quality of play was good. It was a terrific effort by the girls, who deserved more out of the game, especially considering the players we were missing.  Well done, girls.

Result: Alfreton 3-2 Pride Park

Scorers: Jess, Carly


u18s Extend Lead at Top

Derby City League u18: Allestree Juniors Colts vs Pride Park Juniors (11/1/13)

Having not played for six weeks, a new goal keeper as Tommy Byrd served the first game of his three match ban and very heavy pitch conditions could have impacted Pride Park Juniors approach to this match, but using the free Saturday mornings to train on grass through the break paid dividends.

Pride Park attacked from the start and within five minutes were ahead when a corner from Josh Matkin was headed on by George Soszynski for a simple tap in at the far post by Rhoadri Meads, Allestree could not get near the ball and on ten minutes gave away a free kick twenty five yards out, which Aaron Hayer looped
superbly into the top corner.

Five minutes later Pride Park were given the chance to extend their lead when George Soszynski was brought down in the box, Aaron Hayer stepped up and smashed the ball ten yards high and wide of the goal. The lads did not let this distract them and were three nil up soon after with a fine finish from Josh Matkin. With twenty minutes gone the game was all but won and several more chances were squandered before half time.
Half time Alletsree Juniors Colts 0-3 Pride Park Juniors.

Expecting a reaction from Allestree at the start of the second half, Pride Park again went on the offensive and were four to the good within two minutes of the restart. The second half was very much a repeat of the first with a handful of missed opportunities with no real Allestree pressure. The only real incident was one of the Allestree players getting a red card for swinging an arm at Aaron Hayer which also saw Aaron pick up a yellow card.

Overall a great performance in very tricky conditions where the extra fitness through Christmas training made a massive difference, a good debut for Arran Cooper-Moxam in goal, although he wasn't really tested he dealt with everything calmly and distributed the ball well. As we were the only team to play today our lead at the top was extended to seven points.

Result: Allestree Juniors Colts 0-4 Pride Park Juniors