Belles put up a fight in epic cup final

Hellesdon Belles with their League Cup medals and league runners-up trophies.

Hellesdon Belles with their League Cup medals and league runners-up trophies. - Credit: Archant

League runners-up Hellesdon Belles played title holders Costessey in the Norfolk League Sevens Cup final and it was a classic.

The Belles nearly scored when Heather Heslin’s header from Cath Heslin’s enormous throw-in hit the underside of the bar and bounced down but not in.

Only some excellent goal keeping on both sides meant it was 0-0 at half time.

The Belles ran their socks off in the hot conditions and Naomi Keetley took a very nasty blow to her knee and after long treatment had to leave the game.

Costessey were awarded a penalty which Janet Barker saved and then, with time running out, Keri Boorman scored with a fine header.

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Costessey threw everything at the Belles and equalised late in the game, so it went into extra time.

Cath Heslin was up-ended in the box but no penalty was awarded. Her shot on the turn was well saved.

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So it went to the dreaded penalty shoot-out which Costessey won 2-1.

Keri Boorman got the player of the match award for Belles and keeper Janet Barker was outstanding.

Manager Bob Wilton told the Belles: “Our best ever performance. I am so proud of you all.”

If any Norfolk teams would like to join the Sevens League, which plays on grass pitches on Sundays, contact Viv Thomas by emailing

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