Scarborough Ladies FC under-15s were crowned champions on Saturday, despite losing 3-0 away at Kirkbymoorside.
Ian Firth’s under-15s team met a resurgent Kirkbymoorside team who recently won their first and only game of the season after new blood came into the side.
Boro’s girls finish the season having lost just the one game, and with the league confirming there are no more fixtures, the club are celebrating their first league title win since the under-15s of 2012-13.
The side are still in the league cup with the semi-final against Copmanthorpe due to be played this Saturday, so a league and cup double is on the cards.
The under-14s fielded just seven players and had no recognised goalkeeper on Saturday, but gracious visitors York RI matched the number and played with seven also.
The visitors notched nine goals to Boro’s one, but the Boro girls fought bravely to the end.
The squad of players from the club travel to Stokesley this Sunday for the under-14 County Cup final against Cleveland Juniors.
The under-16s faced York RI at home on Saturday, and ran out convincing 5-1 winners.
Olivia Hall notched a hat-trick, with Jaz Parkes and a rare Shannon McClymont goal completing the scoring.
The under-11s played Scotton Scorchers, with the club earning praise for loaning Scotton some players when only three could travel for the friendly matches.
Scarborough Ladies performed superbly as they pushed unbeaten league leaders Poppleton all the way.
While Boro ultimately came away from the game with no points after a 2-1 defeat, the positives were numerous, not least the superb goal which got them back into the game, hitting the woodwork three times and generally running the league’s tightest defence ragged.
Boro signalled their intent early on, sitting in two strong banks of four to nullify the threat of the visitors - who had a 100% record this season with 13 wins from 13 games.
Breaking when they could, Boro had the better of the early exchanges, with Chloe Marshall stinging the keeper’s hands and Chloe Bennett having a stormer of a game in her deeper role.
The visitors opened the scoring when a cross from the right fell to a Poppleton attacker who fired home.
Boro unluckily then found themselves 2-0 down, as Poppleton’s forward flashed in a shot from an angle which flew into the top corner with keeper Sasha Woods unable to do anything about it.
Boro grabbed a deserved goal as Dani Kendrick turned brilliantly in the centre of the pitch and found Beth Taylor wide left with a pinpoint pass.
This time Taylor’s shot smashed into the top corner to give Boro some hope, but Poppleton held for the win.