Lichfield Diamonds junior football round-up

Lichfield Diamonds Girls U15 8 Woodlands U15 1: The strong wind destroyed any hopes of seeing a good game of football as Diamonds to ofton got dragged into just kicking the ball instead of someone taking control of the ball.

That said the City side were always to strong for their visitors from Derbyshire, two goals from Alison Livermore and a header from Connie Shutt put them 3-0 up.

Once again the old problem emerged of players not doing the simple thing and heading the ball, allowing Woodlands to get in behind and hit a shot from 30 yards which was not dealt with by the keeper.

For the second half Diamonds did come to terms with the wind better, Shutt completed her hat-trick with two well taken goals, Livermore added two more and Stevie Knellor hit her first goal for the club.

But for a missed penalty and three shots hitting the bar the scoreline would have been higher.

Player of the match: Connie Shutt.

Penkridge Girls U14 0 Lichfield Diamonds Girls U14 11: Diamonds bounced back from a poor performance with a much better display.

Four goals from Captain Georgia Bradley with two each from Jose Balla, Lucy Whieldon and Caitlin Harper were added to by Laura Jackson with her first goal for Diamonds.

Newhall Girls U13 0 Lichfield Diamonds Girls U13 3: The wind played a major part in this contest, but to their credit the under 13’s did well by keeping the ball on the floor and making short passes.

Cartwright opened the scoring with a neat finish before doubling her tally with another.

An outstanding save by Newhall’s keeper from Meehan fell kindly for Twine who tucked away the rebound with aplomb making it 3-0 at half time.

With the wind against them in the second half it was always going to be an uphill struggle to add to the scoreline however it was Diamonds who were carving out most of the chances and were unlucky not to add a few more.

Player of the match: Walker.

Chellaston Girls U12 0 Lichfield Diamonds Girls U12 1: In the battle of the early season leaders it was Diamonds who came out on top, Steph Speck’s goal and a good performance in goal by Sophie Hitchcock earning them the points.

The win leaves Diamonds in second place on goal difference but with a game in hand.

Uttoxeter Girls U11 1 Lichfield Diamonds Girls U11 5: A better performance this week saw Diamonds run out comfortable winners, Niamh Bowdler hit a hat-trick with Molly Mathews and Chelsea Czekerlya also on the score sheet.

Lichfield Diamonds U10 team in their new kit, sponsored by RJD Interiors

Lichfield Diamonds U10 team in their new kit, sponsored by RJD Interiors

Walsall LFC U10 0 Lichfield Diamonds Girls U10 10: For the first half Diamonds were outstanding with the passing and movement defying their age.

In defence Alex Buck and Mae Murphy not only broke up all of Walsall’s attacks but their quality passing out of defence set up many Diamonds attacks.

Across midfield Libby Queen, Charlotte Jarvis and Megan Davey ripped apart Walsall’s defence and up front Elizabeth Palmer showed she can both score and set up goals for team-mates coming through from midfield.

The scoreline could have been higher but Diamonds lost their shape in the second half.

Palmer (4), Queen (2), Butler (2), Davey and Buck were the scorers.

Lichfield Diamonds Boys U12 3 Newhall Boys U12 1: Goals from Oliver Moloney (2) and Matt Topham gave Diamonds boys the points.