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  • Seven-year-old Jasmine breaks goalscoring record in first season of football!

    Tom Martin

    A SEVEN-year-old girl from Crosby who decided to play football for the first time last season broke a record for scoring an incredible 83 goals in only 16 matches!

    Jasmine Baker joined Crosby Stuart JFC Under 7s team last August, even though she was only six at the time, and despite competing against older players, she quickly became the team’s star striker.

    Described as a “mini Messi”, the youngster scored an average five goals per game and on some occasions her manager had to put her in goal to make it fair on the opposition!

    After helping her team win the Hightown JFL Spring League, word of her scintillating form in front of goal reached her teachers at Ursuline Primary School and she is now the only girl playing for the school’s boys team!

    Football fans are currently enjoying the Women’s World Cup, and Jasmine’s dad, Steve, said he was proud she is representing a team which has done so much for female football in the area.

    He added: “She has only been playing eight months but is a complete natural.

    “You could immediately tell how good she was just by her technique and approach to the ball.

    “She's left footed mainly but kicks with both – people have been calling her a 'mini Messi!'

    “In her first game they won 9-1 and she scored six.

    “She’s so committed and strict with her diet. She won't eat sweets because she tells me she wants to play for Liverpool and England one day. She's been watching the World Cup and her favourite player is Toni Duggan because she's also a striker.”

    In one memorable match last season, Jasmine scored 12 goals in a single game and her manager was forced to put her in goal!

    What makes Jasmine's goalscoring heroics even more impressive is the rules enforced by the Hightown Junior Football League.

    If a team goes ahead by three goals, the opposition can bring on another player – so in most games Crosby Stuart JFC Under 7s were playing against a team with more players!

    Even though Jasmine was only six for most of the season, she was playing against girls aged seven and eight but still managed to break the club's record for the most goals scored in a campaign.

    She was presented with the Golden Boot award at a presentation evening held recently at Bootle Cricket Club – but she's not resting on her laurels and already has her sights set on next season.

    Dad Steve added: “As soon as the season finished, Jasmine told me she wants to score 100 goals next season!

    “She looks like she's played for years, she works so hard and is so professional with her dedication and training – she's completely football mad!

    “She is eagerly awaiting next season - but with the Women's World Cup going on at the moment, she told me her dream is to one day be a Lioness herself.”

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