Mendip defeat previously unbeaten Merriott

Mendip White Sox Under-13s.

Mendip White Sox Under-13s. - Credit: Archant

Mendip White Sox Under-13s became the first team ever to beat Merriott Youth.

Mendip White Sox Under-13s created a little bit of history by being the first team ever to beat Merriott Youth.

The midfield three of Ryla Cooper, Ruby Stickley and Tara Young fought hard and reduced Merriott to shooting from distance, which Pheobe Hughes dealt with well.

Both Emily Ford and Sophie Donald worked the wings well, while Erin Hale and Caitlin Thomas both defended from the front, pressuring the Merriott defence well.

Merriott grew stronger in the second half, but found Caitlin Tolton and girl of the game Katie Mcgreavy in fine form at the back. Cooper struck halfway through the second half with a 20-yard rocket, and with minutes to go McGreavy made a match-winning tackle to keep the game at 1-0.

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The scoring was opened in the first-half by a blistering shot into the top corner by Mendip’s Willow Hull, but Ilminster soon replied with an equaliser. Mendip’s defence of Daisy Robins and Jess Selywyn were excellent and kept the opposition out for long periods.

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Bonnie Greedy and Hull worked tirelessly, helped by Brooke Stirup’s outstanding tackling and distribution throughout the game, earning her a fine individual goal and taking the score to 2-1.

Greedy also scored after Ilminster levelled again, with a good goal in the second half, winning the game 3-2 for Mendip.

Every player played their part and could not have been won without the strength and determination from Charlotte and Chloe Morris, tackling and movement from Keely Shakespeare, Ellie Brennan and Izzy Pring.

A special mention must also go to Abbie Delafield in goal, who made a crucial save just before the final whistle.

Southwest Property Maintenance player of the match went to Stirup.

Team Mendip Red Sox went into the game against Downend Flyers needing to win to keep the pressure on the other teams battling for the runners-up spot in the league.

Mendip took an early lead when Bonnie Gready scored to put Mendip 1-0 up with a well-placed shot. Downend came back into the game, forcing Mendip’s defence to be alert for the rest of the half.

The second half saw Mendip increase their pressure on Downend and got their reward when Annabel Cunningham scored Mendip’s second goal from Jennie Habbit’s superb run and cross.

Mendip continued to press and nearly scored again with Gready and Lilly Stephens both hit the woodwork with excellent shots.

Mendip finally got their third when Nikita Monk scored from close range making it 3-0 to give the girls a well-deserved win.

The parent’s Cunningham Safety Consultants girl of the game went to Annabel Cunningham.

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