IPSE impress to beat Shooting Stars for Three Counties joy

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THE Three Counties League second round for under 13s and 15s teams was contested in Banbury.

IPSE maintained their 100 per cent record in the younger competition but not without problems from their opponents.

Shooting Stars impressed in the six-a-side event but could not hold out against the scoring power of William Palmer and Matthew Davis, going down 5-4.

IPSE had more of their own way in the four-a-side encounter, winning 5-3, while a young Rhinos team went down 6-1 to IPSE in their small-sided match.

Shooting Stars overwhelmed Rhinos 9-2 but were held to a 2-2 draw in a competitive six-a-side fixture.

Arrows also kept a perfect record in the under 15s competition, opening with a 4-0 win over Cobras on the big field in what seems destined to be a two-horse race.

On the small field, Arrows overcame Fireballs 6-3 and Cobras 4-2. Cobras played well and took a first-minute lead but suffered too many defensive lapses.

Fireballs defeated Cobras 6-3 and Eagles had the best day, winning 5-1 over Fireballs and 6-1 against Cobras.

In the Cotswold League Girls’ ‘B’ Division, St David’s were top on 16 points with qualifying spots up for grabs.

Previously pointless Blockley and Bourton-on-the- Water contested in an entertaining fixture with the former’s Georgia Daniels and Anna Golton scoring after pressure.

Bourton woke up with Tyla Crammen working hard before passing to Isabel Honour who skilfully beat the keeper.

The comeback was shortlived as Daniels latched onto a weak clearance to find the roof of the net for a 3-1 win.

Bourton built on their newfound confidence, rattling in five goals without reply against Dormer House.

Honour’s hat-trick was from three excellent shots after dribbling past the defence. Connie Harrison and Eloise Oakley also netted despite good saves from keeper Zahra Chamberlain.

Blockley continued their fine night with a 2-1 win over Tredington as Golton put them ahead only for Dani Flower to level late on.

But the Warwickshire side let the ball go loose to Golton with seconds left and she clinched the win.

Tredington went 2-0 up against Dormer House through Flower and Delta Freeman.

Esme Cottam gained just reward for Dormer pressure when she netted a consolation in the final second.

Blockley and Tredington occupy the second and third qualifying spots but the final set of matches involving St Catharine’s have to be played.

Next week, the ‘B’ team competition starts when Ilmington, Tredington, Temple Guiting and Shipston meet at Chipping Campden School.

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