THE FUTURE looks bright for Coventry City Ladies after the club’s under-16s side beat The New Saints 1-0 to be crowned League Cup champions.
After dominating the opening period it was the Sky Blues who deservedly went ahead shortly before the half-hour mark at the home of Evesham United last Thursday.
Lauren Garner played the ball to Rosie Hargreaves and she then crossed dangerously in to the area where Emmalee Hornsby met the ball with a powerful header which sailed into the back of the net.
That proved to be the only goal of the game and first team captain Natasha Lynch, who also managed the under-16s, said she was delighted with the performance.
She said: “To be a manager to a group of players who always give 100 per cent is an honour. We battled and stuck together as a team against a resilient TNS side.
“This week proves what a great club Coventry City Ladies is and the future is definitely sky blue with girls like this coming through – I couldn’t be prouder of them.
“Thank you to all the support from the parents, you make this club one to be proud of. Bring on next week as another final beckons!”
Elsewhere, the senior team ended the 2014/15 season with a 1-1 draw away at Bradford.
Sarah Danby fired Bradford into a narrow 1-0 lead the break after a fine curling effort.
But ever present midfielder Helen Dermody rescued a point for Craig Nicholls’ side shortly after the hour mark.
It meant the Sky Blues finished second in the Premier League Northern Division, eight points behind winners Sheffield Ladies following a six-point deduction earlier this month.
Speaking after the game Nicholls said: “It was a tough game and we struggled in parts but overall I think we put in a decent performance.
“We had three key players missing and that didn’t help, but to have three of our young players featuring, and doing well when they came on, shows that the future is bright at this football club.
“It would have been nice to end the season with three points but it wasn’t to be, but I couldn’t ask for any more from the players.
“It’s been another good season here and credit goes to everyone at the club who all do their bit.”