Under 18's Kick-Off New Season With Thumping Win
The CALFC Under 18's begin the 2017/18 season with a big 5-0 home win against Sandbach United
After a successful pre-season filled with games and hard work, the Under 18's players and staff were itching to get the 2017/18 campaign underway and continue with their rapid development. With having a young, almost completely new squad this game was always going to be a test for our girls.
The performance from every single player was outstanding. From the outset, CALFC looked to press high and dominate the ball and impose our game, however pre-game nerves meant it was difficult to do so. Throughout the opening 20 minutes, Sandbach were getting a good amount of joy from the wide areas and their striker dropping into small spaces. Nevertheless, the coaching staff were delighted with the way the young Alex Ladies stuck to the game plan in the first half, and battled our way through to a 2-0 lead at half-time, with an excellent move finished by Lexie Harrison before the midfielder scored her second of the game with a long-range effort.
At half-time, Martin Fitzsimons and Matthew Halliwell spoke to the girls about being more composed on the ball and looking to dictate play. The next goal was going to be critical, and as the saying goes ‘2-0 is the most dangerous score line in football’ which lead to a change in formation to be more compact without the ball.
In the second half the players took on board every word said and started to play the ball around nicely reducing Sandbach to long range efforts, forcing goalkeeper Olivia Brookes into one or two great stops. It was CALFC who got that all-important goal with a tidy finish inside the box from Amy McDermott and from then on we looked to manage the game professionally. What followed next was an early contender for goal of the season with a screamer curled into the top right-hand corner from Rebecca Webb, who then after a swift counter attack played in Harrison to complete her hat-trick and make the final score 5-0.
Overall, the coaching staff couldn’t have been happier with the way the game went. With a young, brand new squad, it can often take time for players to gel together on the pitch. All the hard work during pre-season clearly paid off, and the togetherness they showed to get themselves through difficult periods of the first half was very encouraging. It's now time to look forward to Sunday's game at Frodsham to continue where we left off.