GHC Under 12 Girls had two home fixtures including Storm who were looking to maintain their 100% record in the 7 a side league and Hurricane who took on Old Cranleighans on this a gloomy Broadwater Sunday morning.
Storm vs Old Kingstonians (OK)
GHC were looking to maintain their 100% record in the 7 a side league in this Home fixture.
Playing a slightly different formation this week, the girls took a few minutes to adjust and find their movement and passing accuracy.
However, once they had, they exerted some immediate pressure on the oppositions defence. Amelie and Evie linked in well down the left flank with some greater movement off the ball; following a number of short corners Evie finally convert a rebound to open the scoring.
Olivia and Jemima successfully ensured any OK attacks were disrupted allowing the midfield support as needed. Tallulah and Imogen worked hard in centre and right midfield and it was from their well worked passing move that Evie was able to add a second before the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter was more evenly matched and, with OK's managing to clear the ball to their forwards, the game became a little stretched. When OK's did manage to break through, Anouk, in goal, made some great saves and cleared the ball wide to negate any immediate danger.
Susannah and Charlie showed determination when they join play in midfield and forward, channelling the opposition wide when defending. The score remained 2-0 to Storm at half time.
The girls regrouped after half time and increased the intensity to put further pressure on the OK's goal. With 3 OK defenders often in front of goal, Storm were finding it increasing difficult to get firm shots away as well as the follow up on the rebounds - something to work on in training.
However, a third goal from a similar scramble in front of goal resulted, this time Evie reacting quickly and managing to squeeze the ball past the GK. Some more great defending from Jemima and Olivia plus a couple of wonderful saves from Anouk when a goal looked more certain than not!
Whilst legs were tiring on both sides in the final quarter Guildford finished stronger, adding goals from Imogen and Amelie, both shots with power which the OK's GK could not deal with.
Well done girls! Another well-earned victory!!!! (5-0) and maintaining your 100% record. As well as the teamwork, lots of positives, specifically around improved communication.
Things to work on in training: greater composure on the ball, finding a wide pass and getting early shots on goal / rebounds. Many thanks to all the parents for their support and encouragement. Wimbledon next week!
Squad – Anouk M, Amelie D (1), Imogen M (1), Tallulah T, Evie S (3), Susannah L, Charlie J, Jemima F, Olivia C
Coach – Jon Dye
Hurricane V Old Cranleighans
The GHC Hurricane team took on Old Cranleighans at a gloomy Broadwater on Sunday morning in the 7-a-side format.
After a lively warmup, the girls were upbeat following a short tactics talk. Although the team for the day contained some stalwarts we also welcomed back some old faces and a couple of debutants. The new- look team gelled strongly under Tilly’s leadership.
The girls played with width and made lots of noise just as I had asked of them. They started playing some nice triangles and communicated really well, with some standout performances from Tilly, Issy and Molly.
Louisa directed well from goalkeeper. We created some great chances with Lara slotting home finally in the second quarter and Ruby in the third quarter. Although many more chances went close we were unable to score again.
Lara, Alexandra and Clara fought hard and didn’t stop running. A really great effort from all the girls. Well Done!
Squad : Tilly F, Louisa C (GK), Alexandra K, Issy W, Molly P, Ruby M, Lara D, Clara D
Coach: Dan Thompson