RUGBY Borough’s under-12 girls lifted the Leicestershire League Cup after an emphatic 5-0 win in the final against Asfordby Amateurs.
Borough’s goals were scored by Ese Aiguomudu, who netted twice, Ruby McSheffrey, Peyton Wright and Mia Smith as the club’s young stars romped to victory in Oadby and Wigston.
The girls arrived at the final with feelings of both excitement and trepidation and walked onto the field supported by a large contingent of travelling fans.
And Rugby made the perfect start on two minutes when McSheffrey fired a shot across goal into the far corner from Lexie Ball’s throw-in after she cleverly allowed the ball travel over her shoulder before turning and firing home.
Borough dominated possession as Jess Adams’s long range effort went narrowly over the crossbar whilst Megan Smith, Freya Grover and McSheffrey combined well to force the Asfordby goalkeeper into a number of crucial saves.
And Rugby made their dominance count when a magnificent run down the wing by Wright set up a shooting chance which was blocked back into her path before she duly doubled Borough’s lead.
Rugby all but sealed the win when a short corner was worked to Mia Smith who produced a fine shot from outside the penalty area which flew over the goalkeeper’s head and into the far corner.
Borough’s backline proved impenetrable throughout as Ball, Ava Doyle, Wright and Mia Smith defended bravely to keep Asfordby at bay whilst Chloe Harding recorded a deserved clean sheet.
Rugby scored a fourth goal before half time when Isla Brown’s cross found Aiguomudu who fired home to send Borough into the break with a healthy advantage.
Borough picked up where they left off in the second half as Maia Burlacu continued to win possession in central midfield and bossed the play from the middle of the pitch.
Anna Gibson impressed down the right as she beat her opposite number on several occasions and delivered dangerous crosses as Grover, McSheffrey and Adams kept the opposition keeper busy.
Rugby completed the scoring when Aiguomudu grabbed her second goal of the game following a lovely move that involved a series of quick passes.
The Leicestershire League Cup triumph crowned an excellent season for the club who finished third in the league under the guidance of coaches Gary Gibson and Matt Smith.