Squad: Charlie, Leanne, Chloe A, Michaela, Millie, Grace, Zoe, Carrie, Molly, Rosie, Emily, Georgie, Jemma, Madison, Lauren, Chloe R, Alice
Goals from: Rosie x 1, Molly x 1, Georgie x 1, Millie x 1
Who would have believed that 8/9 months ago, I would be sat writing this report in the circumstances we have. Yes it may have been believable to reach or, even win a cup final, but to be sat in May having lost only one game all of the competitive season, winning a County a cup and winners and runners up in the Futsal, before the League Cup Final. It still feels like a dream, but everything else suggests its reality for a group of girls, lest not forgot where over half are U15’s with 4 or 5 of the girls still being aged 14. Performance had dipped over the last few weeks, but those of us who saw training on Wednesday did begin to wonder had it recovered. Huge thanks to our Ladies team who turned out in force to help, as set plays were practiced and shooting accuracy tuned in the smaller goals.
On a proper sunny cup final day, once again a visit to AFC Kempston and we were off. Garston’s plan was to attack from the off as Millie made the first vital interception. For 17 minutes all the Lionesses had to show in attack was long range efforts from Molly and Carrie, whereas in defence, Millie and Chloe A had made 3 clearances, with goal keeper Charlie out of her line once to pull off an absolute wonder save, diving to her left on 14 minutes. Michaela then Zoe were busy paying close attention to the Garston centre forward, whilst Grace could act as cover from the left. The Lionesses then looked the more lively, with Georgie being caught just. A minute later though as Carrie and Molly pressed forwards, Carrie’s cross into the box was just to high for the keeper to reach and there was Rosie to meet the ball and it was 1-0 the Lionesses. On 24 minutes Grace was set free from left back to play a diagonal ball to Molly, whose volleyed effort gave the keeper no chance. One of the goals of the season. 2-0 . Lionesses then decided that the goal frame needed some “attention” as Madison hit the post and a screamer from Molly and Rosie found the crossbar. The girls had also realised that balls over the defence held up on the slope for Emily who battled away down the wing.
HT 2 – 0
Woburn took the chance of using the changing rooms for relief from the sun and on their return looked the sharper as within 6 minutes Rosie had hit a shot across the face of the goal and a one on one with the keeper was saved. The Lionesses other weapon was to use the bench too good effect, as Chloe R, Lauren and Jemma were able to rotate round. Initially my report said that on 49 minutes and 66 minutes Millie scored 2 great headed goals. However extensive review from the video footage, I believe may see Georgie credited with one goal from inches out. It matters not. Garston were on the ropes now and t Lionesses never looked in any more danger.
FT 4 – 0
A fantastic end to a brilliant season, as the girls also collected the league trophy on the day. League and League cup winners, County Cup winners and Winners in the County Futsal tournament. The most successful season for a Lionesses team in history. No absolute rest – training Wednesdays all through the summer but some weekends off to relax, revise or play cricket.
Well played to our impressive squad!
Pat and Steve