Teddington Athletic U14 Girls v. Woking Cougars
4 - 2
In an impressive display of grit and tenacity Teddington Athletic U14 Girls battled hard to win a close contest against a skilful Woking Cougars today. Teddington showed there are many ways to win a game of football, sometimes it's about adaptability, sometimes it's about hard work. Today it took both.
In the crisp Winter sunshine it was Matilda who shone in the early stages. With cheeky footwork and blistering speed she caught the eye on the right. Yet it was Emily's direct approach straight through the centre that gave Teddington the lead. GOAL 1-0. These two combined again within seconds, with Emily's shot unfortunately ricocheting off the post. This set the tone for the rest of the half. It was a story of multiple chances and near misses.
Teddington Athletic dominated possession for the next 20 minutes, both Lauren and Megan were a creative force in midfield, helping Matilda fire off a couple of rapid shots. Catia was looking sprightly in defence but it was Kate who had the game in the palm of her hand. She was a talisman for Teddington, playing a defensive role in midfield and protecting the back four. As Teddington spurned their chances Woking grew in confidence, Jess first saved a point blank thunderbolt and then a smart flying dive to her right tipped the ball just wide. Sophia, Megan and Abi connected with some clever short passes, pushing back against their opponents. Yet it wasn't enough and Woking scored with minutes left in the first half. GOAL 1-1. They could have had another if it wasn't for some brave defending from Lucy in the last few seconds
The fresh legs of Willow and Neave made a difference at the start of the second half. Harriet was starting to have an impact on the game and both her throw-ins and corners caused havoc in the Woking box. Willow and Abi took advantage of confusion in the penalty area to try their luck with potshots. It was Woking though who made their corners count, with a back post shot sliding past Jess. GOAL 1-2. It could have been far worse for Teddington if Kate and Lydia hadn't selflessly thrown themselves into the breach, cutting down Woking attacks with last ditch defending.
Now a goal behind, Teddington needed something special to reverse their fortunes. Keeper Jess bravely saved at the feet of a rampaging striker before feeding Emily with her throw out. Deep in her own half Emily's solo run lit up the match, she beat 3 players and slotted past the Woking goalie with aplomb. GOAL 2-2. Teddington grew in confidence. Neave and Lauren started to spark in midfield. Lucy and Kate were cool and decisive in central defence. Another Harriet corner scythed through the Woking six yard box and it was Sophia who profited. A well deserved GOAL! 3-2.
As Kitty came on for the last quarter of the match Teddington asserted their dominance. An Abi cross bobbled dangerous in the Woking box, Kitty snapped at the defenders' heals creating the space for Emily to score her hat-trick GOAL. 4-2. Woking played some neat and sweet football in response but it was the perseverance of Teddington which won through. And let us not forget the skill and strength of Emily who was Player of the Match.
Thank you to Demetrios for managing what looked like a tricky game. Also to the referee and linesmen (including our Keith). Congratulations to the girls, who battled back against the odds.
TAFC team - Emily, Lauren, Kate, Willow, Lydia, Megan, Jess, Abi, Neave, Sophia, Catia, Lucy, Harriet, Kitty, Matilda.
Goals - Emily (3), Sophia (1)
Player of the Match (chosen by Lisa) - Emily
Shots: Teddington 14 - 12 Woking
Shots on target: Teddington 10 - 9 Woking