Sat 06
Curzon Ashton
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Cup
Under 12's Girls (Hawks)
Performance of the Year

Performance of the Year

By John Field
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Outstanding


The Hawks today did the unthinkable following some heavy defeats in recent weeks and today only just able to field eight players with no substitutes the team had to be given a huge prep talk before taking to the field. Curzon Ashton a team who have been going great and playing in a higher division on paper were destined to hammer the Hawks. But and it was a big but these girls are tough cookies and today each and everyone of them were giants. Against bigger players, quicker players the Hawks never stopped from the first minute to the last even going down to seven players for a short period after Millie Bell took one for the team by stopping the ball with her face which knocked her clean of her feet. Imogen Hamilton Smith was outstanding in goals and with the very last kick of the match earned a draw following a full length one handed save to push the ball around the post and received a very loud cheer and round of applause from all the players and spectators alike. Lily Hodges and Olivia Lear worked tirelessly in defence and never stopped running and tackling, aided by captain Pia Rhodes who was an attacking defender / midfielder on the day and covered every blade of the astro turf. Pia was extreamely unlucky not to snatch the win for the Hawks as she had several good efforts which Curzon scrambled away desperately and one which the keeper pulled off a worldy of a save. Leila Calcutt, Maisie Chamberlin and Eva Robinson were outstanding as they battled hard in the midfield throughout the match doing their best to get forward and help Pia Rhodes and Millie Bell in attack yet they dug deep and ensured that they all tracked back and closed down when defending. Millie Bell who only joined part way through the season had her best game ever as did all of the squad to be honest and there was one very proud coach at the final whistle as the players walked off to a standing ovation from the parents with even the referee applauding the team. Unfortunately this was the last game of the season and the hawks were just clicking as a squad and could have easily beaten Curzon had they have had some substitutes. Alas the draw was still an outstanding acheivement and was truely deserved. The referee awarded the player of the match award to Imogen Hamilton Smith but pointed out that any one of the team could have been awarded the award.
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Match details

Match date

Sat 06, Apr 2019

Kickoff

12:45

Meet time

12:30