Sheffield United may be going to Wembley - but the Under-10 girls of Sheffield Wednesday had their own day in the spotlight in the first set of Sheffield and Hallamshire Girls County League Cup Finals.
Wednessday beat Sheffield United Community 3-1 with goals by Harley Ratcliffe, Tia McDonagh and Abbygayle Hodkin.
But no one could begrudge a deserved goal for player of the match, Sheffield United Community’s Maisie Robinson, but it was a mere last minute consolation.
Under-12: Handsworth completed the first leg of a potential double. Unbeaten in the league which they top, three points ahead of also unbeaten Sheffield Wednesday, Handsworth ran out comfortable 7-0 winners over Barnsley who had arguably exceeded expectations to reach the final. Captain Faye Smith topped the scoring with the first two goals and also both second half goals, with Talia Pinto 2 and Rebecca Hanley also on target.
Under-11: Worksop Town snatched victory from the jaws of defeat to beat Sheffield United Community 2-1 after extra time. Charlotte Stevens had put United ahead just before the interval and that looked like deciding matters until just before the final whistle when Libby Mowbray forced extra time. Sky Hughes netted the winner just before the end of first half in extra time.
Under-9: Teams from All Sports, Barnsley, Doncaster Belles, Dronfield Town, Handsworth, Sheffield Wednesday and Worksop played in an mini-tournament.
The second set of finals (Under-13,14, 15, 16 and 18) will be played at Gosforth Playing Fields, Dronfield tomorrow morning.
Sheffield Hallam University won the Women’s Varsity 2nds fixture 4-1, but they did not have it all their own way against University of Sheffield who went in front through Becky Hargreaves on 20 minutes.
Hallam captain Dionne Lawton levelled with a long- range free kick 14 minutes later.
Jess Walker put Hallam ahead midway through the second half with the players celebrating almost as if it was a dramatic last minute winner. Georgie Goodwin (79) and Frances Compton (88) were the later scorers with the final margin a little harsh on University.
More pictures in The Star’s Grass Roots pull-out today (Friday, April 4).