Volpini stars as Burdick nets four
PUBLISHED: 18:05 26 January 2011
Natalie Volpini put in a superb shift for her team as Ammies under-16 girls moved smoothly into the last four of the cup with Holly Burdick netting four times in a 5-1 win over LFC Sparta.
The Ammies, playing their first game for some eight weather beaten weeks, took on LFC Sparta in the County Cup quarter finals.
Showing no sings of their absence from regular action, the Ammies were quickly into their stride. Wills and Worsley were bright with early raids down either flank and, from one such raid, Holly Burdick fired Ammies ahead as early as the fourth minute.
The goal stung LFC into life and, combined with some far too relaxed defending, struck an excellent equaliser.
That, in turn, spurred Ammies to better things and two goal s in four minutes from Beth Wills, with a fine shot, and Ghilgia, from a Worsley cross, put Ammies 3-1 up.
Back came Sparta and, moments before the break, struck their second. The early second half exchanges produced some end to end football. Sparta looked lively and needed the combined sterling efforts of the back four of Griffiths, Hillman Ashcroft and the outstanding Volpini to maintain a high line to deny space to the opposition. The pace of Jess Dunn was also a key feature of al the inventive work that Ammies produced.
What was clear was that the openings core of the second half was going to be pivotal and so it was! It was Holly Burdick who struck the all-important goal to double the Ammies advantage and when she struck her third moments later it put an end to the contest. Burdick’s treble strike saw her take the ball cleverly round the visiting keeper before rolling it into the net.
It was Burdick who then finished what she started as she struck her fourth and the completed the Ammies nap hand haul in the closing stages to seal a 5-1 win.
This was a fine collective performance from the Ammies team. Special mention must be made of the contribution of Dunn who followed her player all over the pitch and Ghilgia who again almost every ball that was knocked into her whilst she also held the ball up exceptionally well. With wingers Wills and Worsley providing a constant threat down either flanks, Burdick at her clinical best in terms of finishing, and the trio of Rawlings, Steer and Allen, working hard in the middle third of the pitch, it all made for a highly satisfactory afternoons work for the Ammies team.
The Man of the Match award went to the outstanding Volpini.