Under 11 Girls - Match Reports-2017/18

Stowupland - Away

Sunday 17th September 2017

Suffolk Girls & Womens Football League

A trip up the A14 to Stowupland was this week’s assignment. It was sunny and warm when we arrived, we just had Lily away and watching the girls warming up I thought today was the day we were going to get something from this place … Funny old game!

On to the game. We lined up with Izzy in goal, Kyla and Livia at the back, Eve, Freya and Mia in mid-field and Evie up front. Leah, Rose and Scarlett starting on the bench.

The early exchanges were mainly in the middle third of the pitch with both sides looking strong in defence. In fact, two Stowupland corners and one for us were about the only chances either side managed in the first 10 minutes.

The first player change occurred with Leah coming on for Livia who had got a bit of a knock. With two more corners to Stowupland and a nice save from Izzy it did seem Stowupland were getting the upper hand. In the 15th minute, Rose and Scarlett replaced Freya and Mia, another corner to Stowupland and another save that had to be made from Izzy followed. Then in the 18th minute, almost out of the blue, a great pass through the Stowupland defence found Evie clear for the first time and she ran on, then shot and scored into the far corner.1-0

We managed to keep the lead for 3 minutes ‘till, from another Stowupland corner, our defence got drawn to the ball leaving two girls unmarked and the ball found one of them who scored past Izzy for 1-1

With us failing to find a way though the Stowupland defence and their side getting more corners, and Izzy having to make another save it did look like half time couldn't come soon enough … trust today was the day we played 30 mins each way. Lol 

Livia replaced Kyla in the 28th minute, then just on the stroke of half time, a mix up from another Stowupland corner found the ball in the back of our net, after goal mouth pinball when it really should have been cleared. 1-2

Half time 1-2.

The second half started with Freya and Mia coming on for Eve and Evie.

Almost straight away Stowupland were on the attack forcing two saves from Izzy (one of which paid back her part in Stowupland second), two more Stowupland corners followed then a great shot from one of Stowuplands girls made it !-3.

I did fear the worst! 

In the 11th minute Eve and Evie returned for Leah and Scarlett.  Then a few minutes later following a save, Izzy quickly got the ball out to Rose, she took it forward then passed it to Evie who shot and scored past two defenders and their keeper 2-3. 

The game became much more even with the defences both playing well. Kyla returned for Mia in the 19th minute, the rest of the game had few clear chances, but quite a few more corners for Stowupland. With 5 minutes to go Leah and Scarlett replaced Freya and Livia. 

A corner each and that was that. 2-3 Full time.

Well, an interesting game. Both defences on top for most of the game. I believe we only had three clear chances and scored two of them. As for Stowupland all their three goals came from corners. HOWEVER! With this in mind, the corner count for the game was Stowupland 23-2 our girls. Me thinks we are conceding one or two, toooo many. Now I'm a believer in row z for safety, but I'd be surprised if 75% of them actually had to be conceded. I'll let those who were at the game decide that :)

Having said that, we only made two real mistakes at the back and it cost us goals on both of them. Stowupland WILL win more than they lose this season. We have improved on last season against them...... and we will play a lot worse against other teams and win easily. 

Good to see so many good tackles and passes from all our girls, we can't win easily every week. All in all though, another good display from our little darlings. Looking forward to more.

Right then, easy game for us next week .....Ipswich Valley Rangers! at home. Lol

All have a good week and hope to see you there.

Steve

Regards

 

Long Melford - Home

Sunday 10th September 2017

Suffolk Girls & Womens Football League

We all arrived at The Goldstar ground for our season opener, the weather was warm and sunny, the pitch was superb, the new club house looks like we mean business here and the girls certainly  lived up to that today.

We had our full squad with Kyla passing a late injury test .

We started with Izzy in goal, Leah and Kyla in defence. Eve, Scarlett and Rose in midfield, Evie in attack. Mia, Lily and new girls to our team Freya and Livia made up the team.

So off we went, early attacks lead to two good saves from Melfords keeper to keep shots from Evie out, three more attacks lead to corners, it was only going to be a matter of time! Then in the 9th minute Scarlett managed to get on the ball in the centre of the box and hit it past their keeper for our opener. (Mum was a bit pleased)  1-0

Lily and Livia replaced Eve and Leah in the 10th minute, and soon after we doubled our lead. A throw down the right to Evie, defender beaten, great shot into the far corner. How many times have I typed that since doing the match reports? 2-0

Mia and Freya replaced Scarlett and Lily (who had been kicked and needed a bit of time)

The half continued with another shot from Evie knocked behind for a corner. It wasn't as much as it was one way traffic, not at all, but Melfords attackers could not get past our defence, whoever it was. The only surprise was that we didn't add to our tally. Eve came on for Rose with a few minutes of the half remaining. Rose deserved a rest having won a lot of loose balls in the middle of the park. Half time 2-0

The second half started with Izzy, Livia, Leah, Lily, Mia, Eve and Freya. (Easier than saying who replaced who lol) and Melford had a rare attack leading to a corner which was quite easily dealt with and lead to another good stop from the Melford keeper and a corner for us.  Scarlett replaced Mia.

In the 4th minute we scored again. Eve battle to win a ball on the edge of Melfords box before running through and scoring. 3-0

Rose returned for Livia after 10 mins, shortly followed by Evie replacing Freya.

Melford continued to try and mount attacks, but no matter which of our girls happened to be in defence they could not get through.

In the 17th minute Evie scored again. Another run at and past a defender followed by a shot past their keeper. 4-0

Kyla replaced Leah just in time to be on the field when Evie scored her third and best goal. This time instead of beating the last defender, she just gave herself a sight of goal and lashed it into the top corner. 5-0

A minute later it was the turn of Rose to run through the defence to score a well deserve goal. 6-0

Mia came on for Lily and a couple of minutes later the ref put Long Melford out of their misery and ended the match.

A marvellous display from our girls. But for some good saves from Melfords keeper and some shots narrowly going wide, we could easily have been in double figures. All over the park our girls were on top. In attack, in midfield, in defence...... the only player not to have an outstanding game was Izzy. Ha ha. She came off the field quite happily to tell me that she had NOT had one shot to save in the entire game.

If I start trying to sum up individual girls games then I could go through the whole team, but I will say that Freya and Livia played like they'd always been part of the team and have definitely strengthened our side. Also that the passing was not only good today, but seemed to done with thought as to why to pass to a player.

Hopefully this is just a taste of things to come.

Great game and well done to the team and of course the coaches who must feel a bit rewarded for their time and effort when the girls play like this.

Well that's me done, hopefully see you all next week at..... oh lol.... Stowupland. So that will be steaks and MMA dvds for the girls all week lol.

Steve