Having always thought of ladies football as a sideshow of very little interest it was truly amazing to watch the energy and no little skills applied by these fledgling little ladies.
It is a different game than the male testosterone filled boys game with Dads (and granddads) bellowing instruction to a 9 year old already showing more talent than they ever had.
The atmosphere is of a very different ilk but with clubs demanding FA qualified coaches and a strict code of conduct for supporters.
Derby County have a team in the league my granddaughter plays in and the conclusion I came to was that girls-Ladies football is a splendid sport to be interested in but only if you are prepared to accept that it is almost a different sport to the men’s game.
It will never be as quick or as powerful but it is exciting and it is skilful and it has a grace sadly missing from the testosterone-fuelled men’s game.
I understand that the game is one of the Uks fastest growing participation sports and done properly could create deeper interest and further financial income to CIFC.