Cobham Village U15 Girls v. TAFC U15 Girls
2 - 11
A confident Teddington Athletic U15 Girls got back to winning ways against Cobham Village U15 Girls at the ACS International School in Cobham today (04/11/2018). It was Teddington's best performance this season, reversing a run of below par results with an excellent win. Against Rushmoor Saints in their last game Teddington had just 4 shots on target, today they had 33. Teddington were back with a bang!
Traditionally matches have always been close between Cobham and Teddington, only a single goal separated the sides in their last encounter. Today Teddington were on ruthless form, trying out a new formation to boost their attacking potential. Last week Neave made an excellent debut in left defence, and today she played even better. She was neat with her close control and energised when under threat, often winning the tackles against a spritely opponent. Harriet moved into central defence and she looked like she had always belonged there. Together with Lydia they reduced Cobham to shooting from distance. Harriet deployed her very own 'Big Bertha', a howitzer of a left foot clearance, often taking Teddington from their own box to beyond the halfway line in one giant kick.
Within a minute of kick-off Emily forced a good save from the Cobham goalkeeper, Willow intercepted the rebound, chipped the keeper and Teddington had an early lead (0-1). This set the tone for the first 20 minutes of the match. Emma took her corners with aplomb, often dropping them right into the danger zone. The second goal came from just this route, Catia popping up at the far post to rifle in her shot (0-2). Emma had a fine all-round performance marshalling defence and attack from midfield. She set up Teddington's third goal with a beautifully weighted through ball that Emily finished with great composure. Here was another player who was at her peak, Emily prowled around and terrorised the Cobham defence, breaking through their lines and chalking up 5 goals by the end of the match.
Cobham are a resilient group, full of skilful players at the centre of their team. It wasn't long before they hit back (1-3) and piled on the pressure for the remaining 20 minutes of the first half. As one of their supporters said after the match "I couldn't believe were weren't in the lead". Issy had a tough physical battle at right back, but it wasn't all about her brawn. Her 'Total Football' brain is developing every match, she interspersed intelligent passing balls with full bloodied tackles. Although Cobham had much of the possession and exerted a huge amount of pressure on the visitors they couldn't score again. In fact it was Teddington who hit back with a fourth goal just before halftime. After a series of good saves Jess fired the ball into the centre circle where Willow's dancing feet sashayed the ball onto Kitty. A well deserved goal for the hardworking left winger (1-4).
The TAFC U15 manager Demetrios doesn't get much of a mention in match reports but his rousing halftime talk propelled the girls into the second half at full pelt. Matilda has had a quiet start to the season but today she shone brightly in the Autumn sun. She beat defenders and flashed some brilliant passes to the Teddington strikers. Catia benefitted in the opening minutes, drilling a powerful shot over the Cobham keeper's head (1-5). Again Cobham came back at their opponents with a smart solo effort (2-5). Jess then pulled out a long leg to deny a certain goal, and followed with a punch under pressure. Kate and Emma united in the centre of midfield, the former dropping back into defence when needed. Together they cut off Cobham's last thread of resistance, and turned the game irrevocably in Teddington's favour.
Matilda's second half performance was worthy of adulation on the West End stage if there wasn't already a musical in her name. Her movement and speed broke apart the Cobham defence. A cheeky drag-back gave her an opportunity at goal and she didn't squander the chance (2-6). In the next 15 minutes we witnessed a rampaging Teddington. Four goals from Emily ensued (2-10), nearly all initiated by Emma's creative boots. Emily turned provider too, as she lofted an Issy throw-in into the box Willow was on hand to rocket a shot into the goal (2-11). There could have been more goals at either end, such was the fluidity and excitement of the game. The Cobham goalkeeper stopped several good Teddington shots. In midfield Kate crushed the Cobham attacks with a steely grip, never giving Cobham the chance to fight back.
Thanks to Cobham Village for their welcome and hospitality. Thanks to Demetrios for managing the girls and to linesman Rohan, and of course to the referee. Congratulations to Matilda on being Player-of-the-Match.
TAFC team - Emily, Emma, Harriet, Lydia, Jess, Willow, Neave, Kitty, Kate, Issy, Matilda, Catia
Goals - Emily (5), Willow (2), Catia (2), Matilda (1), Kitty (1)
Player of the Match - Matilda (Chosen by Laura)
Shots - Cobham 22 vs 57 Teddington
Shots on target - Cobham 15 - 33 Teddington