Comprehensive Victory v Met Police
Taylor Morte and Hutt shine while Cann scores 5
Colne Valley Girls Under 14s 7 v Metropolitan Police Under 14s 0
2019 started with a very convincing win against bottom of the table Metropolitan Police. Met Police deserve huge respect, they came along did their very best and gave us a good game. Their initial goalkeeper was genuinely excellent but, the truth of the matter is, Colne Valley were too strong for them all over the pitch.
We played 10 aside as Met Police could only field 10 players. We started with a 4-3-1-1 formation:
Cookie Hannah Poppy Lyssie
Morgan Emily Rhea
We had five subs: Caitlin, Mia, Layla, Erin and Beth.
It was very important that we started the game quickly, after the Christmas break it always takes a while to shake off the cobwebs but the girls seemed full of vim and vigour with Emily launching herself into tackles and lung-bursting runs right from when the referee blew his whistle. Hannah and Poppy are developing a very good centre back partnership, which is growing due to their shared trust and understanding of each other. Poppy is a classy, ball playing centre half but the big secret is to know when to clear her lines and when to take a few touches, she got the balance perfectly right yesterday and her passes to Evie or Alice / Caitlin from the back were the spring board to so many of our attacks. With Rachel solid as ever in goal and the two full backs, Cookie and Lyssie being encouraged to travel the entire length of the pitch we were looking very solid. Emily gave the team tremendous passion in midfield and with Rhea patrolling the left, Morgz giving everything on the right and Alice giving her customary all action display it felt it was a case of getting the ball to Evie in a goal scoring position and the rest is often a formality.
Within the first 25 minutes we got the ball to Evie in such a position 4 or 5 times and she banged in 3 of them - a wonderful conversion rate and well done to everyone that worked so hard to create these opportunities and well done to Evie for converting them. After completing her hat-trick Evie took a well deserved rest to be replaced by Caitlin, who ran onto to the pitch along with her wand of a right foot.
Before half time there was a moment in the game of which I am very proud. And a match report couldn't be published without this incident being mentioned. Morgz was giving everything on the right hand side of midfield and I was very satisfied with how she was playing, she always gives 100%. However she clearly wasn't feeling herself as she must have said something to Emily, with this Emily came haring over to the other side of the pitch to inform me immediately and we took Morgan off so she could be looked after by her Dad and Gina. Well done Emily! Vital lesson to all the girls too, if you're injured or not feeling well please let someone know straight away, we're a very caring bunch in The Orange Army and our first concern is always your health and happiness. Layla came on to replace Morgan and swapped positions with Rhea so Layla was on the left and Rhea on the right.
We came in at half time 3-0 up. We'd created a host of chances but their keeper was excellent. We made some changes at half time. Hannah took over from Rachel in goal so she could have a run out playing up front with Caitlin. Beth and Mia came on to play in a back 3 with Poppy and Erin moved into centre midfield with Emily. The Emily and Erin centre midfield can leave a coach purring, they both possess a "roll your sleeves up and get stuck in" approach to the game that is great to watch, they're both incredibly fit with a huge appetite for the game and while Emily naturally loves to bomb forward Erin likes to sit and protect Hannah and Poppy, it works very well indeed.
Caitlin took a brilliant free kick that was the keeper did very well to save and her corners and approach play were - yet again - a joy to watch, Rhea, always a threat, made it 4-0 with a thumping finish following a scramble after, yet another, great Caitlin corner and then Emily scored the goal that her efforts so deserved to make it 5-0.
Further changes were made give everyone a fair run out. Beth, Mia and Cookie looked very solid and composed in a back 3 and Hannah had little to do in goal. After her cameo out on pitch Rachel took a breather so Evie could see if she could add to her tally. Which she did, 2 further times to finish with 5 for the game and 22 so far for the season. so 7-0 it was.
There was still time for Beth to make a quite incredible save on the line from a Met Police free kick that looked "in" from the moment that it left the foot of the Met Police striker. This showed that, right to the end, The Orange Army kept their focus, shape and commitment and means, thanks to Beth, we kept our 6th clean sheet of the season.
So well done girls, a completely different game on Sunday V Walton Casuals that I'm sure we're all very much looking forward to.
PS. Get well soon Quinny!