Teddington Athletic U14 Girls v. Walton Casuals Juniors FC Jewels
2 - 4
It was a game of two halves as Teddington Athletic U14 Girls took on Walton Casuals at Broom Road today (11/03/2018). Despite some strong and forthright play by the U14 girls it was Walton who ran out the victors after a good second half performance sealed the win. With TAFC on a superb run of recent form hopes were high and the mood buoyant, but Walton played the better football on the day and deserved the win.
Traditionally Teddington soak up the pressure in the first 10 minutes and this game was no exception. The Fantastic Four at the back immediately flexed their superhero muscles and saved the day on more than one occasion. Lucy had a very busy afternoon, and she was a standout performer in central defence. Issy and Lydia too were kept busy, and Walton attacked with numbers whenever they got the chance. The waspish Matilda once again caught the eye with some beautiful close control, she buzzed around her opponents, looking to sting them with her neat passes. Teddington broke the deadlock from the penalty spot when a Walton defender handled in the box. Emma slotting the spot kick past the keeper with aplomb. GOAL 1-0.
Teddington sniffed an opportunity as the Walton keeper was carried off after twisting her ankle. Megan was a whirl of creativity on the right, often providing the link between the rest of the team and Emily, who marauded up front. First Harriet took a shot and then Matilda beat two players before unleashing one of her stingers toward the goal. Walton pushed back though. Jess produced a fingertip save but it wasn't enough. A smart swooping move by Walton finished in a GOAL. 1-1. The teams didn't remain level for long as Lauren started to find her feet on the left, and it was from this side that Emily drilled a ball across the Walton box. Megan popped up with a quick fire finish that the keeper had no chance of stopping. GOAL 2-1.
Emma was an essential player alongside Kate in the centre of midfield, and these two combined brilliantly to quieten the opposition during this period. With half time on the horizon both Abi and Sophia came into the fray. Sophia as always full of running and full of heart, while Abi combined with Issy and Matilda on the right in a creative triangle. Unfortunately a mix up in the Teddington box gave Walton a clear chance and they didn't miss the opportunity. GOAL 2-2.
The second half wasn't the finest of Teddington Athletic's season but that wasn't due to a lack of effort or desire. Catia had an excellent game at left back, on more than one occasion her big clearances not only stopped Walton in their tracks but also turned defence into attack. Harriet revealed her versatility as she started the half in midfield and eventually finished it as a striker. For 20 minutes or more it was a stalemate, with crunching tackles and a seesawing midfield duel. Kate was strong and totemic. Both her and Abi clashed regularly with their opposite numbers. As the game neared its end Walton managed to move the ball that bit quicker, and a flowing attack ended in a GOAL. 2-3.
As Teddington pushed forward for the equaliser Walton shoved back just as hard. Jess pulled out a full length dive to push a whipping shot to safety. Lydia, Lucy, Emma and Catia broadened their shoulders in defence but luck played a cruel hand. Sometimes it isn't your day and an unfortunate series of ricochets fell invitingly at the feet of the Walton striker GOAL 2-4. Teddington never gave up, fighting to the end. Emma with her long throws causing trouble. Emily and Harriet combining in a last ditch attempt for that elusive goal. It just wasn't meant to be.
Well done to Walton on a good win. A fighting performance from the TAFC girls. Congratulations to Kate on being our Player of the Match. Thank you to Demetrios for managing, and to the referee and the linesmen. Good luck girls with your final match of the season.
TAFC team - Emily, Lauren, Kate, Lydia, Megan, Jess, Abi, Sophia, Catia, Lucy, Harriet, Matilda, Emma, Issy.
Goals - Emma (1), Megan (1)
Player of the Match (chosen by Jon) - Kate
Shots: Teddington 11 - 19 Walton
Shots on target: Teddington 7 - 12 Walton