U14 Girls edge Cobham cliffhanger

Teddington Athletic U14 Girls v. Cobham Village Club Girls FC

4 - 3

A mixture of flair and determination got Teddington Athletic U14 Girls over the line today against a very capable Cobham Village side (04/02/2018). Cobham deserved more from the game and they can go home with heads held high. The difference between the sides was a 20 minute period in the first half, where Teddington fought back from a goal behind and ended the half with a two goal lead. It was an advantage that Teddington never relinquished despite coming under intense Cobham pressure in the second half.

In the early minutes of the game the muddy pitch slowed all the girls down and it felt like this was going to be a slugfest. Undeterred, Sophia started the game at a canter, her speed an obvious threat, the mud a mere inconvenience. Emily was knocked down on the edge of the Cobham box giving dead-ball specialist Emma an early opportunity. Her excellent free kick bisected the Cobham defence and with pinpoint accuracy bounced off the post and into the goal! 1-0. With Lydia and Lucy dominating central defence Cobham chose to attack down the wings. A flowing attack on the left ended with a first time shot pinging into the Teddington net. GOAL 1-1. Cobham were taking advantage of their long throw-in specialists and peppered Teddington's penalty area. After another sustained assault Cobham popped up with a quick-fire shot that powered into the top corner. GOAL 1-2.

Cobham were the dominant force, bristling with confidence but slowly Teddington wrestled back the initiative. Lauren, Kate and Abi started to outmuscle their midfield counterparts, and this made the difference. Abi's instinctive long ball found Emily marauding up front, and she finished a sweeping move with an excellent shot. GOAL 2-2. Cobham were desperate to fight back, and once again long throw-ins rained down on the Teddington defence, Kate's head frequently came to the rescue while Willow and Megan repelled surging attacks. Emily then produced a moment of magic, a solo run that carved the Cobham defence in two. GOAL 3-2! There was still time for Sophia to put her mark on the match, a deserved reward for her hard work. Emma's long throw found its way to the far post where Sophia thumped the ball beyond the Cobham keeper. GOAL 4-2!

Cobham's forward press in the second half was largely nullified by Teddington's resolute defence. Kate stepped into a central role with Lucy. Lydia swooped down on any danger on the right. While Catia produced some big clearances on the left. These were invaluable as the pressure started to build, another Cobham goal was imminent. With 9 shots on target in the second half Jess was kept busy in the Teddington goal. She produced a series of fine saves: from a deflected free kick; stopping a point blank rocket; a shot parried past the far post; and a last-ditch leg on the line that denied what seemed a certain goal. Yet despite these valiant efforts Cobham beat the Teddington goalkeeper as the match neared its end. GOAL 4-3.

Teddington weren't cowed as the match drew to a close, both Abi and Emma reasserted themselves in midfield and restored stability. Neave and Willow found a little more creative space and both had shots in the dying minutes. It was a tense finale but more for the spectators than the players. The girls took it all in their stride. Another fine win against competitive opponents. Congratulations to Jess on being our Player-of-the-Match. Thank you to Demetrios for managing the team, to Keith for linesman duties, and to Martin for his brilliant portfolio of match photos that you can see HERE.

TAFC team - Emily, Lauren, Kate, Willow, Lydia, Megan, Jess, Emma, Abi, Neave, Sophia, Catia, Lucy.
Goals - Emma (1), Emily (2), Sophia (1)
Player of the Match (chosen by Anne and Nikki) - Jess
Shots Teddington 17 - 19 Cobham
Shots on target  Teddington 9 - 14 Cobham

The Weather Girls wash away Halliford

Teddington Athletic U14 Girls v. Halliford Colts Girls FC

4 - 2

Rain, sleet, snow and icy winds pummelled both teams today as Teddington Athletic U14 Girls faced a physical Halliford Colts Girls side (21/01/2018). It was Teddington who powered through the mud and sleet, recording another win at their home ground.

Teddington Athletic started the stronger, responding to the blowy conditions by playing the ball on the ground. Matilda typified this approach, often beating her marker, charging down the left wing. The early pressure yielded several corners as TAFC peppered the Halliford goal but they couldn't score. Even a Matilda-Emily-Kitty combo that swept the ball into the back of net was disallowed for offside. A turgid 15 minute spell ensued as Halliford asserted themselves. Emma dominated wherever she played but it was left to the fleet-footed Matilda to turn the game in Teddington's favour. Dribbling the ball 40 yards, her cross found Kitty, who buried the chance. GOAL! 1-0

Catia came on to bolster the defence as Teddington expected a backlash from Halliford. Lydia was caught in a Halliford sandwich as she was brought crashing to the ground. With the sleet whipping across the pitch Neave danced down the right wing, impressing with several moments of skill and dexterity. It wasn't long before one of her passes bounced dangerously in the Halliford box and Emily clinically powered a shot in the right hand corner. GOAL! 2-0. As the half drew to a close Teddington were awarded an indirect free kick in the Halliford penalty area. Kitty knocked it to Emma but unfortunately her shot slashed over the crossbar.

It was a miserable day to be a goalkeeper and Jess didn't face a shot on target in the first half. All that changed within minutes of the restart as Halliford scored to cut the deficit by half. GOAL 2-1. It was now a game fought in the middle, between the trenches, a muddy battle. As Emma and Abi moved into defence this released Megan on the right. Almost immediately this paid dividends as she combined with Kitty, who won a corner. The resultant corner eventually reached Kate on the edge of the box. Her shot weaved through a forest of players, eventually hitting the back of the net and reinstating Teddington's two goal advantage. GOAL 3-1.

Issy had a tidy match on the right once again, her unflappable demeanour radiating calm throughout the back four. Halliford looked dangerous and a timely clearance from Lauren preserved Teddington's advantage. Sophia started to find her range up front and had a couple of shots to test the keeper. Both Kitty and Emily were bundled over in the penalty box but no penalties were forthcoming. Willow's dazzling footwork won a corner but Teddington couldn't kill the game off. Despite some stoic defending by Abi, Emma and Lydia, it was Halliford who scored next. A chaotic melee in front of the Teddington goal meant a nervous last quarter of the match. GOAL 3-2.

Once again it was the nimble footed wingers who caught the eye in the last 10 minutes. Willow and Matilda (Player of the Match) employed both grace and grit to give Teddington some breathing space. With Halliford pushing for an equaliser Jess parried a close range shot, stinging her frozen hands back into life. Teddington breathed a sigh of relief when the ever reliable Emily put the match beyond doubt, bursting through and slotting past the Halliford goalie. GOAL! 4-2.

A battling win for Teddington Athletic U14 Girls. Well done to all the girls on both sides. Thank you to Demetrios for managing the team, and to the two linesmen, referee and spectators who braved the elements.

TAFC team - Emily, Kitty, Lauren, Kate, Matilda, Willow, Lydia, Megan, Jess, Emma, Issy, Abi, Neave, Sophia, Catia.

Goals - Kitty (1), Emily (2), Kate (1)

Player of the Match (chosen by Darragh and Martin) - Matilda

Shots Teddington 18 - 11 Halliford

Shots on target  Teddington 12 - 5 Halliford

Under 14 Girls sparkle against Crystal Palace

Teddington Athletic U14 Girls v. Crystal Palace U14 Reds

4 - 0

2018 got off to a bright start for Teddington Athletic with a home win against high flying Crystal Palace Reds at Broom Road today (14/01/2018). It was a truly impressive performance that owed much to TAFC's growing confidence, and a genuine team spirit that is blossoming in the chill of winter.

Teddington Athletic made an excellent start to the match. Matilda and Willow made headway on the right while Kitty and Emily combined through the centre. Sometimes the two forwards can be isolated from their midfield but today the whole team worked as one. Emily induced a good save from the Palace keeper, but it was fellow striker Kitty who drew first blood. Powering through the centre Kitty shrugged off two defenders and calmly placed her shot beyond the keeper's reach. GOAL!!! 1-0.

This set the theme for the first half. With a bristling creativity Teddington Athletic took the game away from Crystal Palace. Matilda combined well with Willow on the right before she was replaced by Abi. Both Kate and Abi were herculean in midfield, two pillars that supported Teddington's attacking force. It wasn't long before Emily was reaping the benefits. She broke through the centre and within seconds the Palace net bulged once again. GOAL!!!! 2-0.

The Teddington defence had work to do too, Harriet's powerful boot cleared the lines, Lucy's anticipation made light of many a tricky situation while Lydia's speed snuffed out trouble. Megan's all round skill meant that Palace were largely restricted to shots from outside the area but when the opposition did break through Jess' bravery in goal meant a clean sheet was a possibility. In attack Kitty was roaming dangerously on the edge of the Palace box, and it wasn't long before she won a free kick. Substitute Emma drew gasps of wonder from the crowd as her free kick dipped just under the Palace bar. GOAL!!!! 3-0.

Three goals against a quality side like Palace exceeded all expectations. With the first half drawing to a close Teddington Athletic weren't finished yet. As the ball bounced dangerously in the Reds box, Lauren skilfully nudged the ball to the left, and hit a sweet daisy-cutter in the bottom left hand corner. GOAL!!!!! 4-0.

The second half didn't quite hit the cultured heights of the first for TAFC, but that was because Crystal Palace came back hard. Two powerful strikers harried the Teddington defence and it was an impressive display from the back four and midfield who were called in as reinforcements. Sophia ran tirelessly at the front when she got the chance, and Neave was tenacious and resilient down the right wing. Lydia (Player of the Match) and Issy often had to double up on the powerful Palace forwards, to reign them in. Abi, Emma and Emily worked well with some beautiful interplay, and Kitty never gave up, she never ran out of steam. Palace worked hard for a consolation goal and would have got one if it wasn't for the acrobatics of Jess. As the match came to a close she saved a shot that was destined for the bottom left hand corner of the goal, parrying the ball to safety. A well deserved clean sheet for the defence (Lucy, Lydia, Megan, Lydia and the versatile Kate in the second half). Final Score 4-0.

A fine win for Teddington Athletic against a good side. Congratulations to all the girls. Thank you to Demetrios for managing, and to the two linesmen and referee. A few more photos HERE.

TAFC team - Emily, Kitty, Lauren, Kate, Matilda, Willow, Harriet, Lucy, Lydia, Megan, Jess, Emma, Issy, Abi, Neave, Sophia.

Goals - Kitty (1), Emily (1), Emma (1), Lauren (1)

Player of the Match (chosen by Keith) - Lydia

Shots Teddington 11 - 12 Crystal Palace

Shots on target  Teddington 7 - 7 Crystal Palace

Hat-trick Hero Cracks Cobham

Cobham Village Club Girls FC v. Teddington Athletic FC U14 Girls

0 - 3

Teddington Athletic FC Under 14 Girls finished 2017 with a flourish against a competitive Cobham Village FC side at the ACS  International School this morning (17/12/2017). It was a mid table clash that could have been a dour affair in the freezing conditions but both teams pushed hard in an entertaining match. The score line didn't do Cobham justice. In fact they outplayed TAFC in the opening 20 minutes of the match. The back four of Issy, Lydia, Kate and Harriet worked hard to keep Cobham at bay. The TAFC defence worked well as a unit, with Lydia swooping in on more than one occasion to snuff out trouble. Kate read the game beautifully and she was often in the right place at the right time (using her tactical skill). Issy's elegant movement was reminiscent of a swan, serene and upright. Yet a steeliness grows within her, on more than one occasion she went shoulder to shoulder with the opposition winger. No one had to work harder in the first quarter than Harriet as Cobham took up residence in her corner of the pitch.

Goalkeeper Jess was kept constantly on her toes, with dives left and right to deny a free shooting Cobham. With her hands still stinging from the Cobham shots it was her shins of steel that denied Cobham's clearest chance as striker and goalkeeper clashed in the TAFC box. It was hard for the Teddington Athletic midfield to get a handhold in the game as Cobham flooded the middle of the pitch. Suddenly Matilda found a little space on the right and put through the marauding Emily, her first shot slashed wide. It was just a few minutes before they combined once more, and this time Emily buried her shot in the net (0-1). Jess was called into action as Cobham were desperate to make their possession pay, but once again Emily turned defence into attack. She was brought down in the box and the referee awarded a penalty. Harriet bravely volunteered to take the spot kick but unfortunately slid it just wide.

Despite an early injury to Willow at the start of the second half Teddington Athletic weren't put on the back foot. The defence still played their part but Abi ruled the midfield area, she was the boss, dictating the play, outmuscling her counterparts. Occasionally it was an opportunity to release Lauren down the left, who once again kept possession well, and ran with the ball when there were no obvious forward passes. There was some divine play from the trinity of Abi, Neave and Matilda on the right wing. Much of the creative play flowed through them. Yet sometimes the big boot of Harriet cannot be denied, her long defensive clearances released Emily to charge into the heart of Cobham. The forays from Emily didn't abate throughout the match, and she regularly broke through the Cobham defence, after shrugging off two defenders she slotted a second past the Cobham keeper (0-2).

Cobham worked hard throughout the match and TAFC's second goal knocked a little wind out of their sails. By now Megan was roaming just behind the strikers and started making her mark on the game. She produced some delightful and unselfish passes that found Matilda, who popped up like a fox-in-the-box. Neave had a shot at goal before Emily once again charged down the centre, she was unstoppable, a flying wedge that broke the defence in two. You guessed it, she scored again, putting the game beyond Cobham's reach (0-3). Cobham played with real heart and didn't let their heads fall. Quite the opposite, in the last 5 minutes they came back stronger than ever, they deserved a goal for all the hard work they'd put in. Unfortunately they came up against a keeper in form, Jess' stunning save at the end denied Cobham one last time. Diving to her left, the ball ricocheted off her outstretched hand, then hit her head before flying over the bar.

Congratulations to Emily (last week's Player-of-the-Match) on her hat-trick. Thank you to Demetrios for managing the team, and Keith for linesman duties. Also to Cobham Village FC for looking after us so well.

TAFC team - Jess, Harriet, Kate, Lydia, Issy, Neave, Megan, Abi, Lauren, Willow, Matilda, Emily

Goals - Emily (x3)

Player of the Match (chosen by Juliet) - Jess 

Shots Cobham 18 - 10 TAFC

Shots on target Cobham 11 - 7 TAFC

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Caterham equalise with last kick of the match

Caterham Pumas v. Teddington Athletic U14 Girls

2 - 2

Caterham Pumas vs Teddington Athletic U14 Girls, 03/12/2017 

A 50 mile round trip, a dank December day and a last minute equaliser didn't diminish the spirits of Teddington Athletic U14 girls as they battled against Caterham Pumas FC this weekend. Despite the boggy conditions underfoot Caterham started at a canter, within minutes they had swept down the right, drawing an excellent save from TAFC goalkeeper Jess. Unfortunately the rebound fell invitingly and Caterham scored in the ensuing melee (1-0). Caterham pressed hard in the first 15 minutes, taking up residence in the TAFC half. Harriet and Lydia had their hands full with the opposition's fleet-footed winger, but despite her twists and turns they held firm, repelling waves of attacks, while Jess scooped up the long shots that peppered the goal.  

With the Caterham frontline pushing for a second goal and the match being only 9-a-side there was plenty of space in midfield. Megan capitalised on this freedom and linked well with Emily, who took the ball from the centre circle to within yards of the goal, only to shoot wide. This was a harbinger of better things to come though.  Teddington Athletic's confidence grew as Catia's energy and enthusiasm overflowed in the centre of the pitch, she fed ball after ball to the front two, with Kitty running into the open spaces that were starting to open up. Once again Catia slid a ball into the path of Emily, who shrugged off her marker, taking the ball to the left she deceived the keeper and buried her shot in the bottom right corner. GOAL! 1-1. 

The second half was back and forth, an even game that relied heavily on the defence of Lydia, Harriet and the ever elegant Isobel who glided across the claggy pitch. Following a similar pattern to the first half TAFC improved, with Kate acting as a sweeper in front of the defence. She played a role that could quite easily go unnoticed, but an essential one in turning the game in Teddington's favour. With both Lauren and Sofia full of running either side of her, she created the platform that brought the win within grasp. A Caterham free kick brought Jess back into action as the ball skidded off the wet surface and soon it was end-to-end stuff. First Emily ran through, faced the keeper and shot wide. Then Lydia and Kate kept the opposition at bay, swooping in before the Caterham strikers could deal a decisive blow. The match turned on a smart interception by Harriet, her stoic defence turned into attack as Emily ran at the defence yet again. A brave and strong solo attack ended in a smart goal as she slid the ball past the Caterham keeper once again. GOAL! 1-2. 

The game became even more open as first Caterham shot across the goal and then Emily was a whisker away from a hat-trick with a similar cut across the Caterham keeper. All the Teddington girls sensed that this was the time to be strong and as the game neared its end they remained united. Sofia and Megan were tenacious down the right hand side while Lauren tried to relieve the pressure by pushing forward when she had the ball at her feet. Kitty was knocked to the ground on more than one occasion and won a free-kick on the edge of the Caterham box. Unfortunately Harriet's piledriving kick was cleared by Caterham's last defender, and it looked like it would remain just a slender one goal win for Teddington. But life and sport are full of the unexpected and as the referee brought his whistle to his lips the talented Caterham winger went on one last jinking run. The tired Teddington legs just couldn't get there in time and Caterham scored an equaliser with the last kick of the match (2-2).

TAFC team - Catia, Emily, Harriet  Isobel, Jess, Kate, Kitty, Lauren, Lydia, Megan, Sophia

Goals - Emily (x2)

Player of the match (chosen by Alban) - Emily 

Shots Caterham 12 - 9 Teddington

Shots on target - Caterham 7 - 4 Teddington