Danielle aiming for US title

MAYBOLE football starlet Danielle Connolly has celebrated captaining her college side to their second consecutive State title in Texas.

Danielle’s Tyler College side came from behind to beat Navarro College in a tough final.

Tyler found themselves 1-0 down at half-time, the first time they have been behind in a game all season, but came back to seal a 2-1 victory with Danielle heading home the winner from a 68th-minute corner.

Ranked No 1 in the country, Tyler head to the national finals after last week’s 4-1 victory over the Mississippi State Champions, hoping to go one better than last season’s 1-0 final defeat.

“We have had a great season and have won all of our 21 games so we hope to finish on a high as the US champions” said Danielle. And she revealed that they have been putting extra practice on the training field to improve their set play.

She said: “We’ve been practising headers and crosses the past two weeks and not getting the goals.

“I just saw it coming and kind of closed my eyes. I was determined to get it. I wasn’t letting anybody get in my way. We’ve been working so hard on crossing and finishing, and to get two headers in one game, that’s a pretty good outcome.”

Danielle’s family in Maybole watched the game via the internet and were delighted to see their daughter play a starring role.

The national finals involving the top eight colleges in the country are scheduled for Melbourne, Florida, from November 17-19.