BRADFORD City’s under-18 side concluded this term’s activities with the West Riding Girls’ League Challenge Trophy Final at Weetwood Hall, playing their fifth game of the season against Nidd United.

The first half hour was fairly quiet as both teams tried to get a foothold in the game, but City were quietly confident after the previous week’s league title decider that ended up in a 5–1 victory.

However just after the half-hour mark, Nidd went ahead through Olivia Needham's stunning opening goal.

City soon realised that this wasn’t going to be an easy game but not long after, the prolific Maddy Jordan put away a superb equaliser.

The second half was much more exciting, for the neutral at least, with a goal from Nidd’s Connie Parkin.

This was again followed by another excellent equaliser from Jordan, then City went ahead through club player of the year, young Meg Woollias.

There were many chances for both teams as the game could still go either way with 20 minutes to go.

Isma Ahmed put City further ahead, then spectators’ player of the year Natalie Barry pulled one back, and finally Ahmed made it 5–3 to City as they hung on for the last 10 minutes for the double win.

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Last Friday’s presentation evening also featured the following awards to u18 players, Players’ Player – Millie Wainwright, and Coaches’ Player – Ella Barnes.

The main award of the night, Team Archie Junior Player of the Year, was awarded to Mia Jacobs, who played in City’s u16s side this season.

As mentioned previously, the u16s have had a fantastic season winning the treble: WRGL u17 Division 1 Title, the u17 League Cup, and Junior County Cup.

Team awards were handed out to Club Player – Ami Ackroyd, Coaches’ Player – Charlie Ramsden, Players’ Player – Summer Paley, and Spectators’ Player – Jess Wood.

Meanwhile, the West Riding County Women’s Football League may have completed their fixtures for another season, but readers will be updated with any news of our local teams during the close season.

Athletico’s Megan Sparkes has scored an impressive haul of 60 goals in league and cup games last season. However she will be taking a well-earned rest, with a year out from competitive football.

Bradford City are reorganising the older girls’ set-up and are to form an u21 side to compete in the league next season.

Brighouse Athletic are looking for players and a new manager to join them for the forthcoming season.

Burley Trojans are playing a friendly on July 3 against England Fans’ Lionesses at Gigg Lane, the home of Bury Football Club, in preparation for the Women's Euros, and to raise money for the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal and the Wise Foundation.

Tickets, available through, must be bought beforehand, as none will be available on the day.

The League Cup final was finally played last Sunday. The delayed quarter-final had seen Harrogate Railway come out 3–1 winners against a tough Ripon City, but they struggled against Ossett’s Development side in the semi-final.

An Ossett own-goal saw Railway ahead, but after Ossett scored four, the confidence was knocked out of Railway, who ended up losing 5–2.

The final, against Lower Hopton, was a one-sided affair. Ossett never really got out of their own half, and Hopton secured the cup by a 6–0 margin.

Queensbury Celtic wrapped up their season with a friendly against Kinsley.

A good run-out saw a 5–0 win, with a pair of braces from Shoanna Clark and Orla Durkin, plus one from Katie Waters.

Queensbury’s end-of-season awards were: Most Improved Player – tough tackling, hard working midfielder Amelia Greaves; Clubwoman – top quality attacker Shoanna Clark; Coach's player – strong, quick and confident defender Darcy Crabtree; and Player of the Year – hard-working Katie Waters, who has scored 23 goals in 25 games.

Skipton Town are forming a development side for next season.

In other news, Skipton Ladies have been selected to represent the Venue Sports Bar in the Pub Cup regional qualifiers, taking place on June 12 at the Etihad Campus.