It was a bright, dry morning at Ridgmont which saw the big cats drawn against each other for the first of our Cup games of the season; Lionesses v Mid Beds Tigers.
The Lionesses came out of the blocks the quickest and there were mutterings from the side lines that this was the team we have been missing for the last couple of weeks.
The girls had the Tigers largely pinned in their half for much of the first 30 minutes. Attacks from Olivia, Kitty and Jas, with strong back up from Izzy, Scoobs and Mollie meant the ball didn’t get far beyond the half way line. A pass from Jas out to Olivia who managed to run past the goalie and fire it at a really tight angle into the net, brought a well-deserved goal for Olivia and the Lionesses’ first goal of the season; 1-0.
The coaching teams had a bit of a giggle in the early stages when it became apparent the linos were in the wrong positions (don’t worry Gary, we won’t let you forget it).
The Lionesses’ assault continued with shots from Charlotte and Kitty intercepted effectively by the Tigers’ goalie who had a lot to do but she commendably kept them in the game.
The second half saw the Tigers revived and to start with possession was with them. The Lionesses though found their flow again. Jas fired a lovely shot at goal which just clipped the cross bar; I’m sure it was still vibrating when we left ! Jas had a good game today, really running hard to press.
Kitty brought the score line to a deserved 2-0 in the second half following a long run after a pass from Charlotte. Scoobs too narrowly missed the goal, with a belting shot from the left wing. Mags didn’t have so much to do today but when called upon she made a swift reaction save.
The off side rule was again causing some problems for our front line in that they kept drifting off-side, making it very easy for the linesmen. The Tigers defence moved up well, putting our forwards off-side; something our defence should take note of.
It was a far superior performance today from all the girls who demonstrated a determination to maintain possession with much better passing, ball distribution and movement – well done girls !
Girl of the Match today caused the coaches some problems as we couldn’t agree between Olivia and Tayla. Olivia was firing on all cylinders today, with penetrative runs down the right wing, distributing the ball well and ultimately scoring our first goal of the season. Tayla on the other hand marshalled the defence with great authority and ensured all breaks from the Tigers were thwarted. Tayla again managed a hair pin turn to catch and disrupt one of the few threatening attacks effectively.
I felt our return to two halves of 30 minutes suited the girls well. I don’t know whether it was the slightly smaller pitch that the made the difference today or just the luxury of a sub, but fitness didn’t seem to be such an issue this week. Keep it up girls !
Tony’s dodgy stats (not quite as dodgy as the respect line … straight lines are over rated)
80 Possession 1st half 20
75 Possession 2nd half 25
9 Shots off target 0
8 Shots on target 1
9 Corners 0