By Joe Edge.
Huddersfield Town Women’s Development Team are crowned Division North Champions after an impressive 5-0 victory over Chorley.
After beating Leeds United 3-0 in midweek Town put themselves within touching distance of becoming champions and today, they mathematically confirmed it.
The opening 10 minutes of the game was an even encounter with both teams having a corner each, looking for that vital opening goal.
However, it was Town who took the lead on the 15-minute mark with a tidy finish from Sian Gibrill-Keating. Gibrill-Keating won the 1v1 with the goalkeeper, then her powerful shot hit the bar and went in, giving the Terriers an early lead.
The second goal from Town came just five minutes later. Set-piece expert Tara Duce took a corner that flew straight into the back of the net. Catching the Chorley defenders and ‘keeper by surprise and putting Town one step closer to being crowned champions.
Town dominated the reminder of the first half continuing to create chances, with a big opportunity falling to Cassidy Clift just before half time. After great build up play by Town the chance fell to Clift, but her shot was hit just wide. This concluded the first half, with the Terries just 45 minutes away from winning the league.
The second half started with two early chances from Chorley who were eager to get themselves back in the game. However, some great blocks and tackles from Town denied Chorley of the goal.
Just moments after some good chances for the visitors, Town took advantage of these missed opportunities and made it three. This time with a goal from Lois Scholefield, another great corner from Town resulted in Scholefield reacting the quickest to get on the end of it and making it 3-0 to the Terriers.
In the 68th minute, Macy Ellis added a fourth for Town. She was played through on goal following a great ball from Molly Ellis, she took the ball round the keeper and tapped it into an open net all but sealing the victory for Town.
Tempers began to flare and in the 73rd minute the Chorley manager was sent off and then their captain was sent to the sinbin for 10 minutes.
The fifth and final goal of the afternoon came 10 minutes from time with Macy Ellis grabbing her second of the afternoon. The full-time whistle went which saw celebrations after the Terriers were crowned champions.
At full-time manager Alan Eastwood was full of praise for the players: “The girls have thoroughly deserved that today, not just today but all season, they’ve been absolutely phenomenal.
“They’ve trained really hard; they’ve gelled together so well as a team and their efforts on and off the pitch have been phenomenal, I can’t ask anymore from them.
“The next step is to remain unbeaten.”
After a long hard season Town have performed incredibly well and accomplished what they have been aiming to achieve all season.
They are deservedly champions of the Division North and now aim to finish the season unbeaten which would be an incredible achievement. Town’s next fixture is on Tuesday against Bradford City.