Rushmoor Community FC U15 v. TAFC U15
0 - 21
Teddington Athletic U15 Girls kicked off their Division 1 (SCWG League) campaign today (09/09/2018) at newly formed Rushmoor Community FC. After a summer of good living and lazy day holidays the TAFC girls were expecting a struggle as they dusted off the cobwebs and put their fitness to the test. Teddington had nothing to fear as they started where they left from last season with smart dynamic football. They were too much for Rushmoor and finished the game with 21 goals from 10 different scorers.
The early exchanges of the match were hotly contested but it soon became clear that much of the match was going to be played in Rushmoor's half of the pitch. With this in mind defenders and midfielders were given licence to roam free, everyone playing in different positions except Jess who guarded her goal (only touching the ball once). Willow felt this was a day for flamboyance and peppered the Rushmoor goal in the early minutes but it was Emily's speculative shot that started a flurry of goals (0-1). Lauren had a scintillating match, marauding down the left and she soon found Emma hunting in the middle. Such a sweet connection inevitably ended in a GOAL (0-2). It was a day when Kitty's tenacity was rewarded with both goals for her but opportunities for her teammates too. She set up Willow who buried a short range chance (0-3). Megan was clever with her interceptions, and alongside Emma they gobbled up the bouncing balls in midfield. Megan's poaching instincts paid off as she pinged the ball off the post and into the net (0-4). Once Sophia gets up a head of steam nothing derails her, she continually powered into the Rushmoor box, an early chance clearing the keeper, goal (0-5). After some smart link up play with Neave the Sophia locomotive was blowing through the Rushmoor defence again (0-6).
Emma was bossing the midfield as Rushmoor tried to reverse the run of play and it was her skill that gave Megan her second goal, a delightful chip that just cleared the keeper (0-7). Teddington's eighth goal was a historic one, a first for Neave in a Teddington Athletic shirt. It was a classic opportunist's chance, won through quick thinking and a deft touch (8-0). Kitty was finding plenty of space in front of Rushmoor's goal, a cheeky back heel didn't quite break her drought but a bullet straight shot dipped under the keeper's hand and soon it was raining goals for her (0-9). The big kicking Harriet was always a danger and she scored toward the end of the half, straight from a corner (0-10). Amongst all this chaos Emily bagged another goal and Teddington reached halftime with an Eleven goal lead.
The second half was just as frenetic and the goals kept coming despite Rushmoor's valiant resistance. They will get stronger throughout the season, and these early setbacks will be a distant memory. With a first goal in the bag Neave was shooting like a trigger happy gunslinger. Not to be outdone Lydia started to put her considerable pace to good use and hit the post with a stinging shot. This half belonged to Kitty and nearly everything she touched turned to gold, she scored a second goal (0-12) and then Harriet set her up for a third (0-13). Lydia also scored her first ever goal for Teddington Athletic when she nutmegged the keeper (0-14). Lauren was buzzing and caught the eye with her unselfish attitude, she passed to Harriet whose whipping shot bobbled over the goalkeeper's head (0-15). Lauren got a deserved goal with a long range potshot (0-16). A long throw ended with Willow slotting in a second (0-17) and she was soon to bag a hattrick as she tidied up a shot parried by the opposition's keeper (0-18). On her birthday Emily was hunting her very own hattrick, and it wasn't long before she achieved it, curling in a goal directly from a corner kick (0-19).
Throughout the match TAFC manager Demetrios had not only been shuffling the team but also reducing the number of players on the pitch. By the end there were 7 girls playing for Teddington. This left a creative space for both Issy and Kate to express themselves in. Kitty benefited from their passing flair and her Midas touch didn't desert her when she netted her fourth goal (0-20). The ever resourceful Megan powered down the wing, and with a pinpoint cross found an express Sophia who cracked her very own hattrick (0-21). It was a 21 gun salute that heralds the start of a long campaign, with muddy battles and more goals of glory to come.
Thank you to Demetrios for managing the side, and Keith running the line. Thanks to the referee for a fair and enjoyable game. Good luck to Rushmoor Community FC in their new venture. The TAFC Player of the Match was Kitty, chosen by Nikki.
TAFC team - Sophia, Emily, Lauren, Emma, Megan, Harriet, Kate, Lydia, Issy, Jess, Willow, Neave, Kitty
Goals - Lauren (1), Emily (3), Harriet (2), Willow (3), Kitty (4), Lydia (1), Sofia (3), Megan (2), Emma (1), Neave (1)
Player of the Match - Kitty (Chosen by Nikki)
Shots - Rushmoor 0 vs 49 Teddington
Shots on target - Rushmoor 0 - 30 Richmond