Rushmoor Community FC v. TAFC U15 Girls
0 - 9
Rushmoor Community FC 0 - 9 TAFC U15 Girls
Teddington Athletic Under 15 Girls started 2019 in the same buoyant style that they finished the year before. It wasn't just the points gained against an improving Rushmoor Community FC that will have pleased the manager but also the opportunity to stretch the legs and run off the indulgences of the yuletide festivities.
Winter illnesses had swept through the TAFC camp and they started the match with 10 players against Rushmoor's full squad. Although the early skirmishes created few clear chances for either team it was Teddington who dominated play. Physically the teams were evenly matched but Teddington just had that finer touch. Their midfield of Emma, Megan and Catia we're comfortable and composed. Emily was prowling up front, and not just battering the defence in solo assaults but linking with her partners when attacking. After 10 minutes Emily pushed back the Rushmoor defence on another forceful drive, she passed to Megan who cleverly slid the ball between the keeper's legs (0-1). Willow was working hard on the left flank, pinging in crosses and taking speculative shots if the ball came close. Catia was able to mix finesse with hard graft, her interplay with Megan was the engine room that powered Teddington forward. It was her electric pass that sparked Emily's match into life. Teddington's striking figurehead netted the first of what was to be a hattrick of goals (0-2).
Minutes later Catia turned provider once again, she flicked-on one of Emma's dangerous long throws and it was Megan who popped up in the box to lob the Rushmoor keeper (0-3). Willow had a goal disallowed for offside before Emily produced one of her trademark solo runs that ended in a cool finish and a fourth goal for the team (0-4). The manager rang the changes, Lydia was pulled out of defence and into the front line where her speed immediately gave her several opportunities to score. Rushmoor Community have improved considerably since September when they played their first match against Teddington Athletic. Today they troubled the Teddington's defence throughout the match, both Harriet and Issy were kept busy in the closing stages of the first half.
Teddington were Topsy-Turvy in the second half with Neave moving into an attacking role, Harriet bossed midfield, while Emily and Megan joined together in central defence. With the blow of the referee's whistle still ringing in the spectators' ears Neave profited from some good old fashioned 'Route One' football as she latched onto a long pass and lifted a sweet chip over the Rushmoor goalkeeper (0-5). Neave doubled her tally within minutes as she pounced on a rebounding save from a Lydia shot (0-6). Both the Rushmoor keepers were on excellent form, producing a series of classy saves, even saving an Emma penalty in the first half. Teddington were awarded a second penalty and much to everyone's surprise Jess took the long walk across the pitch. Her stinging spot kick pummelled the Rushmoor crossbar, bounced on the goal line and span away. Caught out of position, Jess sprinted back toward her own goal and unfortunately slipped over in the muddy centre circle much to the amusement of her teammates.
Despite being 6 goals behind, Rushmoor Community dominated the last quarter of the match. Megan sustained an ankle injury that left her prone on the touchline and reduced Teddington to 9 players for the last 20 minutes. Issy was now the senior defender and she kept the opposition at bay, shoulder to shoulder she fought back against a rejuvenated band of strikers. Harriet too was a calming (and steadfast) influence as Rushmoor pushed forward. After being largely redundant in the first half Jess kept out the Rushmoor strikers with a handful of brave saves.
Even after taking up residence in defence Emily couldn't stop her scoring habit, and her third goal was a beauty. She curled in a long range shot from just outside the Rushmoor penalty box (0-7). Lydia got her reward for some fleetfooted attacking when she slid the ball into the net after the Rushmoor keeper had parried a shot into her path (0-8). Harriet was the busiest player in the dying minutes, stopping a series of desperate Rushmoor attacking moves. Teddington's gilt edged performance was given a little extra shine with the last kick of the match. Emma exchanged passes with Lydia before she lobbed the ball into the goal from just beside the left touchline.
Thank you to Demetrios for managing the girls, to Richard for running the line and to the referee. Good luck to Rushmoor Community in the second half of the season.
TAFC Team: Emily, Catia, Emma, Neave, Harriet, Lydia, Issy, Jess, Willow, Megan
Goals: Emily (3), Megan (2), Neave (2), Lydia (1), Emma (1)
Player of the match: Catia (Chosen by Jack)
Shots: Rushmoor 6 - 42 TAFC
Shots on target: Rushmoor 4 - 24 TAFC