Bury FC Girls & Women 0-6 Blackpool FC Youth

2018/19 U18 Girls County Cup Final, sponsored by FSOA. Report by Alec Whitaker

Jamie Greener’s Blackpool U18’s girls side lifted the County Youth Cup Trophy with an emphatic 6-0 victory at the County Ground, courtesy of four goals from Isla Makepeace and two from Molly Kelly.

Blackpool raced into a 2-0 lead in the opening 15 minutes through Makepeace who produced two clinical close-range finishes, and she completed her hat-trick in the 38th minute as she rounded the keeper before tapping home.

Makepeace continued her masterclass after the restart as she added a fourth from Kelly’s corner kick.

Kelly then got herself on the scoresheet to make it 5-0, five minutes from time and she made it six with the last kick of the game to compound more misery on Chris Honor’s Bury side, who never really posed a threat on Megan Hunter’s goal.

Makepeace ensured Blackpool U18 girls got off to the perfect start in the 10th minute, as she danced past Bury’s rear guard, before slotting the ball calmly under Lucy Slater.

Minnie Rogers almost doubled Blackpool’s advantage moments later, but her audacious 25-yard curling effort rattled the bar.

They did however double their lead in the 15th minute through Makepeace, after she pounced on a rebound that Slater had parried into her path.

That appeared to wake The Shakers up and they almost reduced the arrears in the 17th minute through Lucy McGlynn, who forced Hunter into making a smart save from distance.

Cody Taylor then looked to lob Hunter, who had been caught off her line, but the keeper recovered to make a comfortable save.

Bury were ultimately punished for not taking their chances in the 38th minute as Makepeace completed her first half hat-trick, after she rounded the keeper and tapped into an empty net, which left Bury with a mountain to climb going into half-time.

However, Bury began the second half with optimism and they missed a golden opportunity to pull a goal back in the 55th minute when Charlotte Toner miscued her shot from close-range.

Natasha Webster went close to adding a fourth for Blackpool on the hour mark, after she was played in the clear by hat-trick hero Makepeace, but her right-footed effort drifted narrowly wide of the post.

The Seasiders eventually made it four, three minutes later, as Makepeace delicately guided Kelly’s corner kick delivery with her left boot into the net.

Kelly then showed great composure inside the box to make it 5-0 and she got her brace in injury time by volleying home inside the box.

Bury U18 Girls

Slater, Barnett, Gill, Beth Schofield, Green, Woodman, McGlynn, Shajani, Taylor, Katie Schofield, Sankey

Substitutes: Toner, Oates

Blackpool U18 Girls

Hunter, Eadie, Golden, Maisie Rogers, Ellis, Gorden, Webster, Kelly, Minnie Rogers, Bettison, Makepeace

Substitutes: Greener, Fielding

Referee: Josh Hodges

Assistant Referees: Philip Ryan & Martin Hothersall

Fourth OfficialSimon Mahomed