Girls football: Doncaster just miss out on championship

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Doncaster Belles’ under-14s narrowly missed out on winning their league title following stalemate against reigning champions Barnsley.

Doncaster finished runners-up in the Sheffield and Hallamshire Girls County Division One after a strong season from the Belles.

The club trailed South Yorkshire rivals Barnsley by just two points before their ‘title decider’ in which was a tale of two solid defences and smart goalkeeping.

Doncaster went on the attack from the start with Emma Gardner forcing the Tykes’ keeper into an early double save.

In the second half, the Barnsley outfit got a strong foot hold on the game - forcing the keeper Sam Boulton into several good saves.

Doncaster then pushed on in search of the vital goal, but again the Barnsley keeper was brave and strong.

With all of the players tiring, Doncaster had a final spell in visitor’s penalty area but the whistle sounded and Barnsley got the point they needed to retain the league title.

Nigel Watson, of the Belles, said: “Over the season Barnsley have scored the most goals and Donny conceded the least.

“But it’s points that win leagues and Barnsley have the most so well done to them and to all the other teams in the under-14s league.”