Cougars run riot, Leopards book finals berth

Futures Cup 2016

Futures Cup Girls' U16: 

Wessex Leopards 7 (5)
Sally Sime 11 (FG)
Millie Attwell 15 (PS)
Darcy Bourne 26 (PC)
Sophie Hamilton 32 (FG)
Kitty Baccanello 34 (FG)
Victoria McCabe 39 (FG)
Kung Phimlee 48 (FG)

Pennine Pumas 2 (1)
Rafaela Brandao-Lee 30 (FG)
Gabby House 53 (FG)

Wessex Leopards booked their place in the final with a commanding display against the Pennine Pumas. Leading 5-1 at the interval they found a further two goals to make it two wins from two and set up a showdown with Mercia Lynx in the U16 Girls’ final.

The Leopards settled the quicker of the two sides and hit the front via a Sally Sime strike in the 11th minute. Four minutes later Millie Atwell calmly sent the goalkeeper the wrong way from the penalty spot for her third goal of the competition, doubling the lead.

Pumas produced some good attacking play with Gabby House a constant threat with her close skills and direct running but despite her efforts her team fell further behind in the 26th minute via a Darcy Bourne drag flick.

Rafaela Brandao-Lee got the Pumas on the board in the 30th minute with a tidy finish but Leopards re-asserted control with two more before the break via Sophie Hamilton and Kitty Baccanello.

The second half was an even affair despite the scoreline, House ably assisted by Issy Chamberlain kept the Leopards’ defence honest with her direct attacking but two further goals from Victoria McCabe and Kung Phimlee put the game beyond doubt. There was still time for House to get her name on the score sheet but it could not stop Leopards booking their place in the final.

Celtic Jaguars 1 (0)
Emily Drysdale 52 (PS)

Caledonian Cougars 8 (3)
Cailin Hart 2 (FG)
Lucy Smith 16 69 (FG FG)
Katie Swanson 23 (FG)
Georgia Jones 50 (FG)
Kirsten Cannon 53 56 (PC FG)
Susannah Godfrey-Faussett 64 (FG)

Caledonian Cougars took home their first win of the tournament with an 8-1 demolition of the Celtic Jaguars. Leading 3-0 at the break, the Cougars turned on the style in the second half, smashing in five more goals to make it 8-1 and ensuring they compete in the 3rd-4th playoff tomorrow.

Cailin Hart got them off to a good start with a goal after two minutes and the Cougars never looked back. Lucy Smith, who bagged a brace, made it 2-0 after 16 minutes and then on 23 minutes it was 3-0 thanks to Katie Swanson.

Jaguars threatened on the counter but Rachel Strachan and her defence kept them on a tight rein to make sure it was still 3-0 at the interval. The Jaguars resistance was strong in the second half with some stout defending keeping the score from rising but on 50 minutes Georgia Jones added to the score. The Jaguars pulled one back from Emily Drysdale. Kirsten Cannon re-asserted the dominance a minute later and then added another on 56 minutes. Susannah Godfrey-Faussett added a seventh and then with a minute left Lucy Smith grabbed her second and the team’s eighth.    

All the results, fixtures and scorers are here.