Comeback can’t deny the Yellows their treble

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Mill Lane Yellows completed an unbeaten season and a glorious treble of League, Lassa Cup and League Cup with a convincing victory against a Malet Lambert side that battled and competed against their high flying opponents for much of this pulsating u14 League Cup Final.

The whistle blew and Mill Lane Yellows were quickest to settle and thought they had taken the lead when a pass from midfielder Emma Smith released Tonya Storr who duly finished in style before having the goal ruled out.

Mill Lane continued to create chances in the early exchanges and took the lead on 10 minutes when Emma Smith converted a direct free kick from 25 yards.

Keen to keep on the front foot the Yellows continued with their trade mark passing football and it was only scrambling defence and good goalkeeping from Malet Lambert that kept Mill Lane out.

Finally the pressure told when a superb volley from the edge of the area by Morgan Nagee, after a fine cross from Charlotte Holliday, made it 2-0 after 20 minutes.

Malet could have crumbled, but credit to them as they started to create chances on the break and the defence of Jessica Pashby, Amy Radford, Emma Johnson and Lucy Crockett ably assisted by shot stopper Leah Shalgosky had to defend tenaciously to keep them out.

Mill Lane weathered the storm and lead 2-0 at half time.

The second half started with Malet Lambert determined to get back into the game and two quickfire goals in the space of two minutes levelled the game.

Confidence came flooding back to Malet Lambert as they poured on the pressure looking to take the lead for the first time in the match and Mill Lane were left hanging on in a 10 minute period were they could hardly get out of their own half.

Under the cosh and looking devoid of ideas the Yellows dug deep and started to take the game to Malet. Driven on by captain Emma Johnson and hard working midfielders Courtney McConville and Nagee, Mill Lane started to take control.

All of a sudden wingers Storr and Chrlotte Holliday were making positive runs down the wings and creating chances. Mill Lane retook the lead after one of these strong runs down the left from Storr finding the supporting Smith who hit a tremendous shot through a crowded box into the roof of the net to give the Malet keeper no chance and the Yellows a 3-2 lead.

Mill Lane were now rampant as Malet tired and scored four more goals from Grace Fletcher, Courtney McConville and two more 20-yard thunderbolts from Emma Johnson and Emma Smith.

They have now won all three domestic trophies available locally to them scoring an incredible 197 goals, conceding only 16 goals in a 21-game unbeaten league and cup season.

After winning the league and cup double now for the fifth successive season the team now embark on their summer tournaments against some of the countries best junior sides before they start to prepare for the new season in the East Riding U16 League.