Shields girls finally break Phoenix resolve

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NORTH Shields Girls Under-10s produced a hard-working performance in miserable conditions to overcome fast improving AE Phoenix at a freezing, wet Gosforth Park.

Phoenix held Shields at the end of the first quarter due to some wayward finishing and some fantastic stops from the goalkeeper.

The second quarter looked like it would continue in the same vain until Katie Barker broke the deadlock to put Shields in front.

Shields scored again after a great pass from Brooke Patterson picked out Daisy Rowe on the left wing, and she beat her marker to play an inviting cross across the face of the goal which Barker just beat the keeper to.

The penultimate quarter saw Shields lay siege to the Phoenix goal with their keeper twice denying Emily Pearson, saving at the feet of Mia Welch and also keeping out efforts from Nicole Gardener and Sian Nelson.

Gardener, though, was not to be denied and after some good close control she made it 3-0.

Almost immediately Phoenix hit back to trail 3-1.

Shields had Elizabeth Tait to thank for a last ditch tackle as Phoenix pushed forward in a tense last quarter. At the other end Jasmine Stephenson was unlucky not to score.

Barker though did manage to beat the inspired keeper to grab her third and eventually see off the Phoenix challenge.

This weekend Shields face Blyth Town before a cup and league double header with the only team to beat them this season, the all conquering Bedlington Rockets.