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Stamford AFC Young Daniels girls team reach the finals of Lincolnshire County Cup competitions





Two girls teams from Stamford Young Daniels have secured places in the county cup finals.

The Under 12s and Under 13s both won their semi-finals at the weekend to book a spot in the county showpieces.

A 4-0 away win at Cleethorpes Town earned the Under 12s their cup final slot as an early start for the 180-mile round trip was rewarded by a solid performance.

Stamford Under 12 Girls.
Stamford Under 12 Girls.

Gabriella Shaw scored the first gosal after six minutes, catching a Cleethorpes defender on the ball, breaking into the box, and sliding it into the bottom corner.

Stamford went 2-0 up after 20 minutes as Martina Llamas-Amores' pace down the left was too much for the defence who ended up pulling her shirt in the box. Shaw blasted the resulting penalty into the top of the net.

After half-time, Cleethorpes battled hard to create chances but couldn't break through a solid Stamford defence.

It was the 50th minute when nerves finally settled as the ball broke to Llamas-Amores on the edge of the area who took a touch and slotted neatly past the Cleethorpes keeper.

Two minutes later Poppy Crowson set up Llamas-Amores with a through ball which she calmly placed into the bottom right corner to claim her second and Stamford's fourth unanswered goal of game.

It capped a great team performance and set up a cup final clash against Grimsby Borough Ladies Under 12s.

The Under 13s, who won the competition last year, were also away from home in their semi-final against Lincoln Griffins Blue in a repeat of last year's final.

Griffins are currently on top of the Lincolnshire Under 13 North Division and proved to be a tough test for the so far unbeaten Stamford side.

Stamford started well but weren't able to break down Lincoln's well drilled and talented defence and, despite all the possession, they were caught on the break after 25 minutes and went into half time 1-0 down.

Stamford Under 13 Girls.
Stamford Under 13 Girls.

The girls remained calm and focused despite the scoreline and created some excellent chances at the start of the second half only to be denied by the woodwork and an inspired Lincoln keeper.

However, with the 20 minutes to go, Maisie Edwards ran on to a perfectly weighted through ball and, with just the keeper to beat, slotted home the equaliser.

With the game now in the balance, Stamford continued to be positive in attack only to be denied by the woodwork before eventually the pressure paid dividends.

With 15 minutes left on the clock, Nell Atkins drove the ball into the corner from just outside the area, completing a tremendous 2-1 comeback and securing a place in the county cup final for the second successive season where they will face Cleethorpes Town.



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