TAFC U15 Girls v. Rushmoor Community FC
13 - 0
Teddington Athletic U15 Girls were at their most ruthless today against a spirited Rushmoor Community FC. The 13-0 scoreline only tells half the story as it was a bright match that both teams played in a competitive spirit. With 10 players on each side it was an entertaining game with slick passing football and plenty of goalmouth action.
Unlike last week Teddington started at a galloping pace, they swept forward in the opening minute threatening the Rushmoor goal. Lauren, Kitty and Emily combined with Willow who popped up in the six yard box, finishing off a fluid move with a deft tap-in (1-0). It was an eerie atmosphere at Udney Park as the people of Teddington had vacated town for the Easter school holidays. Those that had stuck around must have heard the loud cheer as Harriet buried a free kick in the top corner of the Rushmoor goal (2-0). Lauren was enjoying herself on the left hand side, this was a standout game for the likeable winger. She was at her creative best for the third goal as she linked up with Kitty. Teddington's impressive blonde sharpshooter was on top form, slotting the ball past the Rushmoor keeper (3-0). All of Teddington's shots were on target in the opening 10 minutes with none sliding wide of the mark. Lauren was the architect of another goal as her cross found Emily in the centre (4-0). It was a clinical display from Teddington that fused both strength and skill in a potent mix.
Rushmoor are a positive and improving side so it wasn't long before they took the match back to Teddington. Despite pressing forward they were undone by a wonderful solo goal from a rampaging Kitty (5-0). Rushmoor's keeper had an inspired match yet again but with Easter eggs on the mind Willow gave us a lesson in the goal poacher's art. She was deadly in the box, first connecting with an Emily cross (6-0) before completing her hat-trick with a tap-in just inches from the goal line (7-0). Kate enjoyed the first half too, winning her usual robust tackles but also dribbling through the Rushmoor defensive lines. Kitty and Emily finished off the second half by providing each other with goal scoring opportunities. First Kitty secured a well deserved hat-trick (8-0) and then Emily showed great composure in front of goal and bagged her brace (9-0).
The second half was a curious affair but just as enjoyable as the first. Jess graduated from an underutilised keeper to an overactive striker. Lydia and Neave were now the attacking wingers, Harriet a central midfielder, while Lauren and Emily joined Issy in defence. As the senior partner Issy became Teddington's defensive general, she marshalled her troops well despite coming under pressure from a rejuvenated Rushmoor. Kate who was now in goal had one save to make in the second half, and it was a magnificent one, denying Rushmoor what looked like a certain goal. The next 20 minutes wasn't a spectacle of beautiful football as Teddington tried to adjust to their new positions. One player who hadn't lost the scoring touch from the first half was Willow who gobbled up a rebound (10-0) after Rushmoor's keeper parried a shot from Emily onto the crossbar.
The final 15 minutes were a celebration of sororal togetherness. Sisterly love won the day as Willow's dazzling feet provided a perfectly weighted pass to Neave in the penalty area. Now Neave is established as Teddington's left-back of choice she doesn't get many chances to score. So she made sure of the goal by cleverly slotting the ball under the keeper (11-0). No one in the team works harder or runs more yards in a game than Lydia and it was fitting that she scored (12-0) after connecting with an excellent cross from Harriet. As the final minutes ticked away it looked unlikely that Jess was going to score her first ever TAFC goal but sometimes dreams do come true. Another fine Rushmoor save from a Willow shot rebounded to Teddington's keeper-cum-striker and Jess notched a thirteenth goal for the team.
Thank you to Demetrios for managing the girls, to Daragh, Richard and Simon for being our linesmen. Thank you to the referee.
TAFC Team: Kate, Harriet, Lydia, Issy, Jess, Emily, Kitty, Lauren, Willow, Neave
Goals: Willow (x4), Kitty (x3), Emily (x2), Neave (x1), Lydia (x1), Jess (x1)
Player of the match: Willow (Chosen by Simon)
Shots total: TAFC 45 - 7 Rushmoor
Shots on target: TAFC 27 - 2 Rushmoor