WITH the senior side again out of action last weekend it was once more over to the juniors as Priory Celtic’s numerous teams strutted their stuff.
The U16 Girls continued their excellent season with a nail-biting win over Notts County Ladies in the semi-final of the league cup on Sunday.
Notts County came into the game knowing they had to win to keep any hopes of honours alive this season and took the game to Priory with some attacking football, though at half-time the tie was scoreless.
Unfortunately for Priory the sun came out just at the wrong time which distracted their keeper as she saw a long range effort nestle in the roof of the net.
Undeterred, Priory put on the pressure and they got their reward when Ellie-Rae Richardson headed in Jess Knott’s corner with five minutes to go.
Understandably the two periods of extra-time were nervy affairs with neither team creating any noticeable opportunity.
It was left to a penalty shoot-out to decide the winner and it looked like it wasn’t going to be Priory’s day as first Richardson and then Knott both cleared the crossbar with their attempts.
However, goals from Lauren Turner, Ellie Parr and Shanice Stewart plus two fine saves from Christina Keeley saw the tie go to sudden death.
Sammy Farmer calmed the nerves as she slotted home perfectly then keeper Keeley made yet another save to send the girls into wild celebrations.
The girls are now in both the League and County Cup finals, the County Cup final being this Sunday at Calverton MW, kick off 2pm.
There were only two other games on a much-reduced Sunday schedule.
The U11 Greens travelled to Wilford Lions knowing their hosts had a 100 per cent record in the league, playing 14 and winning all of them,
But Priory hadn’t read the script and with goals from Corey Nelson, Christopher Huskinson and Tommy Smith Priory themselves move up to third place and into the promotion places.
The U12s put in a great performance in the League Cup semi-final and will consider themselves unlucky to lose 1-0 against Netherfield Boys.
Saturday’s action centred on the Leisure Centre with no more than six teams playing plus growing numbers at the club’s soccer school.
The U9 Whites entertained West Bridgford Tornadoes and the game had an end of season feel about it as the teams drew 0-0.
Tom Williams and James Muir claimed the U7s man of the match awards whilst Bobby Watson and Nathan Stevenson won the U8 awards.
The U16s played their last home game of the season, losing 5-3 to Codnor Boys in an entertaining game, whilst the U11s beat Calverton 6-2, Joshua Whyte (2), Robbie Horsley (2), Christopher Jameson and Matthew Hallam all on the scoresheet,
The U9 Greens lost 3-0 at Nuthall FC.
l Priory are holding a Night at the Dogs on Friday, March 30.
Tickets are £3 and free for children under 16. For more details see the Priory website at www.priorycelticfc.co.uk.
l Priory’s 2012 Soccer School continues each Saturday at Kimberley Leisure Centre for children in reception and school year one, starting at 10am.
There is no need to book as players can just turn up on the day. The sessions are on grass so players should wear appropriate footwear.
For more details contact the club via their website www.priorycelticfc.co.uk or through twitter @Priory_Celtic.