Stunning Comeback from The Under 13s
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South Park U13s 2 V Colne Valley U13s 2.
Ignore Arsenal V Manchester United yesterday, this was easily the best match of the weekend. The game had everything: great goalkeeping, superb defending with last ditch tackles, creative wing play, headers won, shots forced, the H and H forward line refusing to admit defeat and a "never say die" attitude from the Colne Valley Under 13s that was just a joy to watch.
It has to be said that South Park FC are a very friendly and well coached club that really played their part in such a classic game. They have some very committed players, a superb goalkeeper and a couple up front that kept running and had a real eye for goal.
The Colne Valley Under 13s only had the bare nine and we lined up in our customary 3-3-1-1 formation with Rachel Jimenez in goal, a back three of Ellie "Cookie" Cook to the right, the captain for the day Hannah Jimenez in the centre and Mia Baker to her left. Bethie "Boo" Crane sat deep in midfield protecting the back three with Caitlin Hearne in front of her. To the right we had Millie Springer and to the left, the not 100 % well (but clearly 100 % committed) Lyssie D'Ambrosio. The centre forward was Emily Hutt.
From the first whistle it was clear that this was always going to be an evenly matched game, South Park had a number of subs to call on, which meant they stayed fresh but Colne Valley looked very balanced, very determined and really are getting better with every game that they play.
The first half finished 0-0, Colne Valley defended stoutly, Rachel in goal had very little to do but we struggled to create any clear cut chances. The excellent South Park goalkeeper played admirably as a sweeper keeper and was well protected by a well organised defence in front of her. South Park are a well coached side that play the game the right way. Caitlin saw a lot of the ball and always looked to do the right thing. Emily worked tirelessly upfront but that clear cut chance just didn't present itself.
Within a minute of the second half starting South Park took the lead with an excellent finish to Rachel's left that she really didn't have any chance with. This goal seemed to knock The Colne Valley under 13's confidence a bit and before it had fully recovered South Park strode into a 2-0 lead. Rachel made a stunning save from the first shot but the rebound fell invitingly to the onrushing centre forward who calmly finished to make it 2-0. Rachel was disconsolate. Her team mates, rallied round her - very kind and encouraging words were said to her by Mia B and Cookie in particular. It was noticeable that Rachel's upset seemed to spur everyone on. Cries of "C'mon girls!" and "We can do it!" were said with real conviction from all.
Caitlin and Emily kept giving everything up front, half chances started to come. Millie Spring er on the right started to beat her man and belief began to grow. Their keeper kept throwing herself in front of the ball. A rushed clearance from a South Park defender ended up crashing of her own bar. Millie had a chance that she knocked just wide. Lyssie kept driving herself and the team forward in a typically energetic and skillful performance. The game tuning moment was when Mia Baker buccaneered forward from her left back position, she beat three players in a fiercely passionate run that resulted in a Colne Valley Corner. Caitlin takes a brilliant corner and whipped in another one which flicked off a defender's foot and into the back of the net. 2-1 to South Park. By now the likes of Cookie and Mia were on fire, Mia's adrenaline was pumping so much she was literally bouncing, a last ditch tackle to keep the score at 2-1 just brilliant to watch. Cookie, that great unpolished diamond never lost a tackle. Hannah captained the side with wonderful example and Bethie Boo fought for everything, won the ball and then calmly passed it, Bethie just simply didn't stop running, neither did Lyssie, neither did Millie, neither did anyone.
At 2-1 the ref said there was three minutes to go. Still the Colne Valley girls poured forward. It ended up as Hannah at the back with Cookie and Mia in front of her - Millie and Lyssie playing as out and out wingers and Bethie holding the midfield together. Caitilin kept her composure, used her footballing wisdom to great effect and the all-action display from Emily is just great to watch, she is very much a fan's favourite. The seconds ticked by, the ball broke on our left, again we poured forward, It came to Emily with her back to goal, she held off the defender, turned her, looked up.......................AND SMASHED IT INTO THE TOP CORNER!!!. Cue pandemonium, there was jumping up and down, hugging, joyous screams, people rolling on the floor......................and that was just the mums and dads!!! The girls were cock-a-hoop too. And they deserved to be. Another brilliant performance from the girls. Joyous to watch
For the first time MOM was shared. Rachel Jimenez needed a reminder of just how important she is to the team and just how well she plays and Caitlin for being our creative spark and refusing to accept defeat. But today was a day where everyone deserves a mention and all should feel very proud of each other and themselves. A brilliant performance from a team that never gives up. Well done girls!!!