Rejuvenated U15 Girls Shine in Halliford Win

TAFC U15 Girls v. Halliford Colts Girls FC

2 - 0

With the season nearing its conclusion Teddington Athletic recorded another impressive win today in the Girls U15 Division 1 league. The positive result sees TAFC maintain their 3rd place and leaves them in good heart as they head into their final 3 games.

With both sides fielding nine players it was an open game that was played at a fast fluid pace in the spring Udney Park sunshine. In recent weeks Halliford have presented Teddington with a tough contest and today they came out fighting once again. Although Catia had an early chance in front of goal it was Halliford who had the clearest opportunity to score first. Their striker burst through Teddington's defence but the presence of the onrushing Jess unsettled her as she shot high. Teddington's goalkeeper was rarely on her line, and she spent much of the match scooping up forward passes just behind the impressive back three of Megan, Harriet and Lydia. It was a sprightly first half from Catia who swaggered forward on a series of attacking skirmishes but couldn't quite get the goal that would have invariably settled Teddington's nerves.

The pendulum swung from side to side, Halliford besieged Teddington's penalty box with 3 corners in a row before a free kick from Teddington hit the post at the other end. Slowly Teddington's midfield began to assert themselves, Emma had been absent from recent matches and she returned rejuvenated. She dazzled in midfield alongside Kate who played both the roles of beauty and the beast as she combined creativity and crunching tackles. Teddington's strikers, Emily and Kitty, have a high level of fitness and this helped them as the 9-a-side teams began to tire in the sunshine. A passing move that originated from Megan, linked to Catia and presented Kitty with a fabulous opportunity that was only denied a goal by a brilliant save from the Halliford keeper. The goalie couldn't do anything about the penalty that Emily won after she was bundled over in the Halliford area. Emma coolly slotted the spot kick past the keeper's right hand to give Teddington the lead at halftime.

Within minutes of the second half restarting Emma was reasserting Teddington's creative dominance in midfield. Her pass bisected the Halliford defence and found a marauding Emily in an uncompromising mood. The powerful striker shrugged off several strong tackles to score a magnificent goal and secure the points for her team. The rest of the match was entertaining but lacked the cut and thrust of the early exchanges. Lydia manoeuvred the white shirted Halliford attackers like a shepherd with a flock of sheep while Harriet's corners were a constant threat in attack.

Megan was released from defensive duties and her elegant passing football worked in Catia's favour on the right side. There were goal scoring chances but a mixture of good Halliford goalkeeping and a threadbare Udney Park pitch meant there were no more goals. It wasn't all one-way traffic as Halliford's statuesque forward charged toward goal with only Jess in her way. Teddington's keeper threw herself forward and bravely plucked the ball from the striker's toes. Even though it was a bruising match for Kitty she kept running until the final whistle and it was with some satisfaction that Teddington celebrated as the referee signalled the end of the match.

Thank you to the referee for a well marshalled game, to Demetrios for managing the girls and to Daragh our linesman for the day.

TAFC Team: Kate, Harriet, Lydia, Jess, Emily, Kitty, Emma, Megan, Catia
Goals: Emma, Emily
Player of the match: Emma (Chosen by Alban)
Shots total: TAFC 33 - 11 Halliford
Shots on target: TAFC 20 - 8 Halliford

Posted in Girls, Under 17's.