U14 Girls edge Cobham cliffhanger

Teddington Athletic U14 Girls v. Cobham Village Club Girls FC

4 - 3

A mixture of flair and determination got Teddington Athletic U14 Girls over the line today against a very capable Cobham Village side (04/02/2018). Cobham deserved more from the game and they can go home with heads held high. The difference between the sides was a 20 minute period in the first half, where Teddington fought back from a goal behind and ended the half with a two goal lead. It was an advantage that Teddington never relinquished despite coming under intense Cobham pressure in the second half.

In the early minutes of the game the muddy pitch slowed all the girls down and it felt like this was going to be a slugfest. Undeterred, Sophia started the game at a canter, her speed an obvious threat, the mud a mere inconvenience. Emily was knocked down on the edge of the Cobham box giving dead-ball specialist Emma an early opportunity. Her excellent free kick bisected the Cobham defence and with pinpoint accuracy bounced off the post and into the goal! 1-0. With Lydia and Lucy dominating central defence Cobham chose to attack down the wings. A flowing attack on the left ended with a first time shot pinging into the Teddington net. GOAL 1-1. Cobham were taking advantage of their long throw-in specialists and peppered Teddington's penalty area. After another sustained assault Cobham popped up with a quick-fire shot that powered into the top corner. GOAL 1-2.

Cobham were the dominant force, bristling with confidence but slowly Teddington wrestled back the initiative. Lauren, Kate and Abi started to outmuscle their midfield counterparts, and this made the difference. Abi's instinctive long ball found Emily marauding up front, and she finished a sweeping move with an excellent shot. GOAL 2-2. Cobham were desperate to fight back, and once again long throw-ins rained down on the Teddington defence, Kate's head frequently came to the rescue while Willow and Megan repelled surging attacks. Emily then produced a moment of magic, a solo run that carved the Cobham defence in two. GOAL 3-2! There was still time for Sophia to put her mark on the match, a deserved reward for her hard work. Emma's long throw found its way to the far post where Sophia thumped the ball beyond the Cobham keeper. GOAL 4-2!

Cobham's forward press in the second half was largely nullified by Teddington's resolute defence. Kate stepped into a central role with Lucy. Lydia swooped down on any danger on the right. While Catia produced some big clearances on the left. These were invaluable as the pressure started to build, another Cobham goal was imminent. With 9 shots on target in the second half Jess was kept busy in the Teddington goal. She produced a series of fine saves: from a deflected free kick; stopping a point blank rocket; a shot parried past the far post; and a last-ditch leg on the line that denied what seemed a certain goal. Yet despite these valiant efforts Cobham beat the Teddington goalkeeper as the match neared its end. GOAL 4-3.

Teddington weren't cowed as the match drew to a close, both Abi and Emma reasserted themselves in midfield and restored stability. Neave and Willow found a little more creative space and both had shots in the dying minutes. It was a tense finale but more for the spectators than the players. The girls took it all in their stride. Another fine win against competitive opponents. Congratulations to Jess on being our Player-of-the-Match. Thank you to Demetrios for managing the team, to Keith for linesman duties, and to Martin for his brilliant portfolio of match photos that you can see HERE.

TAFC team - Emily, Lauren, Kate, Willow, Lydia, Megan, Jess, Emma, Abi, Neave, Sophia, Catia, Lucy.
Goals - Emma (1), Emily (2), Sophia (1)
Player of the Match (chosen by Anne and Nikki) - Jess
Shots Teddington 17 - 19 Cobham
Shots on target  Teddington 9 - 14 Cobham

Posted in Girls, Under 14's.