Mon 24th May 2021 @ 19:07:07 (220 Views)
Charnock Girls U13 Purple (1) v Sheffield Steelers JFC U13 Girls (13)
A very early kick off saw a burst of energy from Charnock and we looked fresh and full of confidence.
A slight change in player positions saw our Captain for the game, Iris, take centre midfield. This change paid off as she stayed high up the field and pressured Steelers by keeping possession. Lizzie and Maddie held central defence, working together with Scarlett and Leela to defend the goal area. They were all impressive, pushing forward to the halfway line when play moved.
Quick feet from the Steelers found gaps and they were able to take several shots on goal, scoring some along the way. Our normal pitch was soft following the heavy rain and so we opted for playing on the U15s pitch. The mud in the goals were also proving a disadvantage for Ella by having to cover all the angles.
We kept on the pressure though and a good ball from Ruby through to Basia who in turn passed through to Iris who was positioned well to receive the ball. Iris sprinted up, taking a shot to send the ball rolling into the goal and the crowd cheered. Our celebrations were short lived as some great passing through gaps gave the Steelers their 7th goal.
Our half time talk was positive, remaining confident was top of the agenda as our goal had given us belief. We made a few minor changes and got straight back to it.
Ella made some tremendous on point saves, keeping the score from rising, but the Steelers were strong. They had a cracking midfielder who was moving all over the field and didn't seemed to tire.
A major positive from this match was that the girls started to make acknowledged passes and communication was very visible.
Scarlett, you are improving so much, defending well and when called up you are able to play return balls. Maddie, Diane and Lizzie showed great resilience in defence. Keris was superb, always happy try a couple of positions and she gets stuck in with tremendous zest and willingness. Milly and Ruby got involved with several attacks in their midfielder roles, playing some good forward passes. Asha, Basha, Melika and Iris worked relentlessly together to create opportunities for each other and to close down the Steelers goal. Each game we play produces something which our girls experience, they learn from it and they grow.
We continued to work hard and didn't seem to tire and kept going to pressure and made every opportunity to break out. I would say we slightly topped possession during the game but the Steelers had the edge with a competent team and on form striker finishing the game 1-13. The score didn't reflect our performance and we took away more positive learning experiences, confidence and belief.
Next week, we play Norton Woodseats which will be another challenge but one we feel we are better prepared for.
See you Tuesday.
Claire, Marc and Julie