Jess hits winner in cup thriller
11:01am Wednesday 16th October 2013 in Penarth sport
VALE GIRLS FC 1
CWMBRAN CELTIC 0
MISSING their goalkeeper, two central defenders and Welsh international Chloe Jones and with a number of players in unaccustomed roles, the Vale Girls' soccer side faced a tricky hurdle in this prestigious FAW U16 Cup clash.
In the first half, which ended goalless, almost all the neat passing football was played by the Vale side and they seemed in control of the game without actually threatening the Cwmbran goal enough.
Manager Gino Esposito made a few changes in the interval and the Vale seemed to benefit enormously, with the game opening up and bringing a host of chances for both sides. Eventually the breakthrough came in the 55th minute when a well-worked move ended with a clinical finish from Jess Thompson.
Digging deep, the Vale defended their lead for the remaining 15 minutes and were indebted to a goalline clearance by right back Lucia Attanasio.
Cwmbran's main threat was kept at bay by some tireless work from left back Shanaz Masani, while stand-in central defenders Gabbie Cates and Kelsey Murray played like seasoned professionals, refusing to just clear the ball and, instead, passing from the back. It was a joy to watch at times.
A special mention to team captain Shanice Donovon who deputised in goal and didn't make a single mistake.
All in all, it was a great team performance from the Vale who were worthy winners and who would not have been flattered by a more convincing scoreline.
Next week the girls are away to Coed Duon in a South Wales Girls' League match.