Moral boosting win......
By Simon Standing
..... in the sheild!
U16's came out the winners in today's cup match against St Albans.
After our 0 - 0 draw against the same team last week, we went into today's match with only 11 available to play, our central defender and keeper out through sickness, and a couple who where coughing and spluttering we went into the cup match with low hopes.
However the cold air got the girls running and fighting for every ball. A couple of early scares with the crossbar being wobbled, and an out standing save from our stand in keeper Grace we came through and started to have belief. Playing most if the 1st half in the opp half it was only time before we got on the score sheet and moments before half time we was awarded a free kick 20yrs out, and with Libbys layoff, Jas struck it cleanly and it flew past the keeper.
Second half they knew the oppo would come at them, but the midfield and defense held strong. Lauren playing coolly out of the back, and Izzy winning every ball in the air as they tried the long ball game to no effect. Lillie just back from long term injury was strong in the tackles, and Hannah was winning the ball in midfield, they could only shoot from long range, not troubling our keeper. Emily had a couple of chances, that she had to make as she was being marked by 3 players every time, and should have had a penalty. Lydia and Naimh attacked down the left, threading some balls through to Katie, but thier defense held strong, and then with 15 min left Libby got a chance, and slotted it in the corner our second, we had a few more chances before the final whistle.
Lillie was our player of the match, after a year out and playing her first full match, she put in a strong performance.
Great moral booster as we play the same team next week again, third time in 3 weeks.
Match Report by Ian Stanbrook