Blackpool and Bury Girls Play Out the FSOA’s First Sponsored FinalPeter Houghton
The FSOA made its first foray into its desire to help support grassroots football at Lancashire Football Association’s County Ground in Leyland last night.
As a quick-fire thunderstorm brewed an hour and a half before kick-off, would the match go ahead? There was no problem as the drainage system easily managed to heavy downpour and by kick-off time everything was in place.
The FSOA/LFA Girls U18 Youth Cup Final was played out between Blackpool FC & Bury FC and a decent number braved the rainstorm after the sunshine and the added distraction of the Manchester Derby to support this match.
It was in some ways a story of luck and no luck as Blackpool ran out worthy winners by 6-0. Everything the tangerine tide hit seemed to go in except for some excellent chances well saved by Lucy Slater in the Bury goal.
Blackpool sprang from the starting blocks early with Makepeace claiming two early goals, but the heart didn’t fall out of the Bury girls, who although 3-0 adrift by the half put in a spirited effort in the second half, coming close to getting back into the game.
There were chances coming from McGlynn ahead of the break, well saved by Hunter and Toner just after the break, who sadly miscued her shot.
This gave Blackpool the impetus to press in search of more goals. Makepeace hit her fourth of the match before Kelly added a brace late on to complete the scoring.
From the FSOA’s viewpoint this was a landmark evening and full thanks to Rick Riding from the SGSA and Steve Roberts and Chris Banks from our Platinum Sponsors, Showsec for attending and supporting the evening. Our best wishes also to Bevan, John, Tim and Harry, from Lancashire Football Association for looking after us.