4-0 win for The Orange Army on Remembrance Day
For Goals of the season for Quinny, Rhea, Poppy and.......................Rachel!!!
Sunday 11th November 2018..................this marked the centenary of the end of The Great War............the most important aspect of today's game was that we, as a club, remembered our fallen heroes...........this the girls did, as I knew they would, impeccably. Very moving.
Half term and sides being unable to field sides meant that the Under 14s hadn't played in a while. To compensate for this we'd hired a seven aside pitch, and had a tournament to keep everyone involved. These were great fun but nothing beats the cut and thrust of a competitive game.
Unfortunately Metropolitan Police were only able to field 8 players. This left me with some choices, we are a very good side and to play 11 against their 8 would have lead to a thoroughly convincing victory that wouldn't really have done any side any good so I decided we'd match them 8 v 8. We had a squad of 16 so this made it very difficult to keep it very fair and give everyone, more or less, equal playing time.
We went with a 3-3-1 formation to start with Rachel in goal, Hannah in the centre of a back 3 with Erin to her right and Mia to her left. In midfield we had Quinny in the middle with Millie to her right and Caitlin to her left. Emily was up front.
Metropolitan Police's best player was their keeper, she boasted a super left foot and was fearless in goal, she kept the scoreline respectable as The Orange Army drove forward. There was clear value to today's game, it was noticed from the sidelines how the girls are really trying to play the ball nicely, to pass and move and to do the basics such as "play the way you're facing". Hannah, Mia and Erin all matched dogged defence with good passing and footballing nous. Erin and Millie linked very well on the right and Mia was her usual mix of tenacity and pace, never in any danger of being done for pace. Good to see Hannah taking the ball into midfield and having some good shots from distance. Will Millie scampering down the right, Emily running her socks off up front and Caitlin playing in an unfamiliar role on the left but doing it with poise and grace it was a surprise the opening goal took as long as did but it was a very well taken goal from Lucy Quinn to open the scoring. An emphatic finish to the keeper's left that nestled perfectly into the bottom corner. Great finish Quinny - no reason why you can't get into double figures for the season!
Morgan came on for Millie to give her a run on the right, Layla replaced Emily (who it looked to have a perfectly good goal disallowed for offside) and Alice replaced Quinny.
Half-Time 1-0 to Colne Valley.
We made a whole host of changes at half-time, to give everyone a fair go. Rhea, Lyssie, Bethie, Poppy and Cookie and all playing excellently. We really passed the ball well as a side. Rhea scored a fantastic goal from the left to make it 2-0, a thunderous finish into the top corner from a very hard-working player that - I'm hoping - will do her confidence a world of good! Poppy is fast developing into a John Stones type of player (that's a compliment if you read this Sonia) and her calmness and unruffled demeanour really benefits the side. Having said all that I don't think anyone was quite ready, or expecting her to pick up the ball just inside the Met Police half, stride forward with great self assurance and then slam the ball over the keeper's head into the top corner. 3-0! Poppy took a breather and the captain's armband, for the first time, went to Bethie, I sensed a real sense of pride from Bethie and it was awarded to her as she's put in many a battling performance over the years and she's always quick to smile. Well done Bethie.
With Lyssie winning her headers and carrying the ball very well in midfield and Morgz really impressing on the right and Layla being an excellent target up front we never looked disorganised by all the changes that we made. Quinny even had a spell as a composed centre half. With time running out and the score 3-0 I decided to give Rachel a go at centre forward. Rachel is the most reluctant goalkeeper I am aware of, she doesn't go in goal in training sessions, doesn't like going in goal and does it because she knows it's for the best for the team and that, despite this reluctance she's really good at it (as another clean sheet today testifies) . I found an orange shirt in the dressing room, Hannah put her training top on and Rachel went on as centre forward and put in a 5 minutes cameo that involved her, falling over a lot, setting up the jet-heeled Alice for a chance that their excellent keeper saved very well and then scoring herself! Well done Rachel, that was a very nice moment and you deserved it. So did Poppy, Rhea and Quinny for all scoring their first goals of the season.
I apologise to all the girls for no one getting enough game time today. I thought a game, even 8V8 was a better option than another week without a match. It's very hard to make it fair but I try my best. I also hope that I've given everyone enough of a mention here. Rest assured you all played well, all respected the opposition, all gave every encouragement to their team mates.............and most importantly..............all immaculately observed the minute's silence. WELL DONE GIRLS!!!!
Let's keep going!