Imray helps prevent Westdyke rout

STONEY U15 GIRLS 1

WESTDYKE 3

Stoney u15 girls faced Westdyke missing captain Kelly in defence.

Townsend dropped back as they looked to avenge a heavy early season defeat and the first 30 minutes were cagey with some pleasant passing moves but little in the way of clear cut chances at either end.

Mackay, Evans and Brawley looked solid in defence with Townsend sweeping in behind them.

When Westdyke did break through, in-form keeper Imray produced a full stretch class save tip a blistering shot over the bar.

Just as Westdyke started to push forward, Stoney caught them on the break with Kennedy’s searing pace sending her streaking clear of a static defence to slip in the opener.

Tench was covering every blade of grass in midfield and the skilful midfield trio of Grundy ,Christie and Laing were starting to create half chances with their neat interplay.

However, towards the end of the half Westdyke finally pushed their star player further forward and the balance of play started to swing their way once more.

Smith and Mainland had come on to add extra strength to the defence and, just as it looked as if Stoney had weathered the storm, a game of pinball in their penalty box following a corner resulted in a Westdyke leg poking in an equaliser.

Half time 1-1.

The second half was more open with the Westdyke switch having added more purpose to their attack but left their defence vulnerable to the pace of Stoney’s quick strike pair of Kennedy and Porter.

Kennedy did brilliantly to break through down the left but unluckily failed to spot Porter free on the right as she broke into the box and was forced wide.

Westdyke started to press and only good keeping from Imray and a last ditch tackle from Townsend stopped a second goal.

However, Westdyke were rewarded with a stunner as their captain rode a couple of challenges on the right flank before firing in a vicious cross which was blasted low on the half volley past the helpless Imray.

Stoney’s old bogey, failing to deal with corners, again cost them as the Westdyke captain slammed in a third with 15 minutes left.

From then on Stoney had their best spell with Poret pulling out wide and the crafty Laing pushing into a more central role.

Christie had her finest 15 minutes in a Stoney shirt as she started to win every second ball in the midfield and first Kennedy and Laing nearly got through.

The elegant Grundy was pushing forward more to good effect . Christie and Laing linked to set Porter off on a slaloming run which ended in a drive skimming the crossbar then Townsend fed Porter who went on a Ronaldoesque run before whipping in a cross that was a fraction away from Kennedy’s foot at the far post.

Full time 1-3 but Stoney were much improved on the early season game.

Magic moments - Kennedy goal , Townsends tackle , a Tench turn which beat two players were all top drawer but you could go a whole season without seeing a save as good as Imray’s.

Player of the match - everyone played well with Imray a strong candidate , Townsend consistent throughout and Kennedy inspired either side of half time but for adding a steely resolve in the tackle to her undoubted subtlety Christie produced her best ever second half display.

STONEHAVEN: DANIELLE IMRAY, SOPHIE EVANS, SHANNON BRAWLEY, HEATHER MACKAY, KATY TOWNSEND(CPT), AMY TENCH,ANN LAING, EMILY GRUNDY, ERIN CHRISTIE, LISA PORTER, ARIA KENNEDY , AMBER MAINLAND, DAISY SMITH.