CAYTON Girls’ two teams claimed 1-0 wins in their respective City of York Girls League Cup quarter-finals.
A fine away performance saw Cayton’s under-15s secure a deserved victory in their quarter-final at York RI, despite the village side playing the whole game with only eight players against York’s nine.
Cayton’s defence of Rose Lidgley, Megan Smith and Emily Leng all had outstanding games and worked very well as a team to keep York’s attack limited to only two shots on goal.
The winning goal came from a corner driven in hard and low by Beth Taylor and neatly finished by Ellen Corcoran at the far post - this was Corcoran’s first goal for Cayton.
The player of the match for Cayton was left-back Emily Leng.
Cayton now go on to play league champions Poppleton in the semi-final on Saturday April 2 at Graham School.
Their next game is at home against York RI in the league tomorrow.
Cayton under-11s booked their spot in the semi-finals with a home win against Premiership side Fulford.
A fine all-round team display saw the Championship runners-up deservedly see off a very useful Fulford side and they now meet Premiership high-fliers Scotton Scorchers Lions at Sherburn on April 2 for a place in the final.
Cayton started the semi-final strongly and should have taken the lead on five minutes when Eden Kennedy was upended in the box only for Olivia Hall to blaze the resulting spot-kick wide of the target.
Cayton continued to see more of the ball but they still needed their defensive trio of Annie Marshall, Hayley Ng and player of the match Sarah Marsden to be on top form to quash any of the visitors’ breaks.
The home side’s pressure finally paid off seven minutes after the break when great work by Hall led to Izzy Beedham pouncing on a loose ball to put them 1-0 up, which was a lead that never looked likely to be overturned as Cayton held out for the victory.
l Spotlight on Cayton Girls under-11s FC in tomorrow’s Evening News