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Summertown Stars U18

Saturday 5th Feb. 2016

SUMMERTOWN STARS u18s  1 v 4 WW-FC LIONESSES u18s

Friendly – Heavy conditions, wet with cross wind, big pitch. Attendance: 14

Squad – Jess, Chloe A, Millie, Micky, Grace, Emily, Carrie, Amy, Casey, Georgie.

Cold morning with snow falling in MK at 8am! Not looking good for the long drive to Oxford, will it be on or off was the question? Text from the opposition Manager says it’s good to go! Little did we know that they were struggling for players at the last minute ,but still started with 9v9 . This was going to be a tough game but great for the fitness of our travelling group. With such a large pitch and fewer players the decision was taken to play 35 each way. It was going to be interesting playing with a back 3, and a rotating 3 at that! But well done Chloe, Millie, Micky & Grace for adapting and doing what was needed.

The first half was end to end with the Lionesses having the Lions share of the ball, but we found it hard to finish in the final 3rd of the pitch, with great chances being created left, right & centre or was it left & left!  We tried to switch play more often. Casey making all the running down the left, sooner or later all the possession was going to tell. Shots kept raining in on the Summertown goal but the keeper was having a magnificent game making save after save. She kept it nil-nil at halftime.

Second half continued like the first with the visitors trying to keep the ball, and move it around with pace and purpose. This was not easy on a heavy pitch, but then after good pressure from Georgie she got the opener on 39 mins, which helped the Lionesses to relax, time for Emily to get into her stride on the right and put  away no.2 on 43 mins. Amy then got her left peg firing and finally beat the keeper to get a deserved goal on 62min. 0-3.

We then not surprisingly started to tire, and in not clearing our lines quickly enough they got one back. 1-3.  Lots of good balls from dominant midfield Carrie trying to keep the ball moving at our tempo . Emily still had time to get another 5 mins from the whistle! Final score 1-4

POM Micky.   Special thanks to Jess for stepping in between the sticks & Steve A for being ready to ref with Neil as Lino.