Lichfield Diamonds U15 2 Kingshurst Girls U15 0

The top two sides met for the first time in the Central Warwickshire Girls League this season – and with both teams unbeaten a thrilling game was expected.

And the large crowd that witnessed the fixture went away having seen a great advert for girls football.

Kingshurst had the better of the opening minutes as Diamonds defence started nervously, goalkeeper Stevie Knellor was called on to make two good saves before Diamonds began to take a grip on the game.

In midfield Charlotte Batey and Holly Jackson began to dominate and when Diamonds’ back-line won the ball they quickly turned defence into attack with good passes out wide to wingers Alana Edwards and Connie Shutt.

The possession soon turned into chances with Alison Livermore and Shannon B-Jones bringing good saves from the visiting keeper, as did Danni Jones from a well struck free kick.

With the score at 0-0 at the break, the City girls increased the tempo even more in the second half.

Livermore thought she had opened the scoring but again she was thwarted by the keeper. Then Shutt headed on a Dani Jones long throw to Livermore, but she headed narrowly wide.

Something had to give and 15 mins in it did. Good passing between Livermore and Shutt put Shannon B-Jones through to score past the advancing keeper.

Minutes late it was 2-0 as Livermore turned sharply in the box to hit the ball low into the corner with her left foot.

This was a very good all round team performance from Diamonds – determined, professional and the football was very easy on the eye making it very difficult to pick a player of the match. But for a commanding display at the back the honour went to Danni Jones.

The win now puts Diamonds two points behind Kingshurst who remain top, but the Lichfield side have three games in hand.

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