L4 v Old Loughts
By Jock MaCafferty
Thanks to Crissy Thorne for the Report
On a day of derby games in the Premier League, the Ladies 4s had our very own derby against the old enemy, Loughts Ladies 5s. We had good availability and started with Hana Azeem in goal, Crissy Thorne and Caroline Barr in central defence, Maddie Childs at right back and Kate Dempsey at left back. In Midfield we had Sally Plant, Helen Ducat, Claire Nwofor with Freya Murphy making her senior debut starting on the sidelines. Up front we had Zoe Oldfield, Gill Woods and Faith Nwofor with Lucy Fox starting on the sidelines.
As we were light on defenders, Gill was due to come back into defence in the second half, so she only had a limited amount of time to add to her impressive goal tally this season. She did just that early on to put us ahead. Maddie took the ball up the right-hand side and passed to Faith who ran around the back and passed the ball across the face of goal where Gill was waiting to score a textbook goal.
As befits a derby it was a competitive game and the whole team stepped up. Kate & Sally combined well on the left, Helen was busy all game in the centre of midfield both covering back and pushing forward. Maddie, Lucy & Freya tormented them on the right and Faith had a goal disallowed for an earlier foul. Generally, Barr marshalled the defence superbly but they did get through on a couple of occasions, however Hana was there to make a couple of really good saves. We created a few more chances in the first half but were unable to capitalise. There were no more goals and we went in 1-0 at half time.
In the second half we lost both Kate, who had to come off with a painful knee, and Sally who had to leave so Gill came back into defence. We had a short corner given early on and Faith’s shot was blocked on the line by a defender’s foot. After conferring, the umpires gave a flick and Gill stepped up to put it into the left-hand corner leaving the keeper no chance. 2-0. Faith scored a brilliant individual goal for our third, dancing through the defence and putting it away with aplomb. She then made it 4-0 with a reverse stick shot. They had the ball in the goal at one point but the whistle had already gone much earlier and so they had to make do with a short corner which was well defended and came to nothing. The game finished 4-0.
With two assists and two goals of her own, Faith won man of the match, narrowly beating Helen by one vote. Special mentions also went to Freya, who had an excellent first senior game, Gill, Lucy and Maddie.