Goalscorer Aurela 2
GOM Becky Angie
Well the end of a great season. Not bad to finish with a cup final and at Thame FC’s great pitch and facilities, which, I am told, cost £3.4 million to set up.
A coach pick up at Kings College up to Thame. Parents up front, girls at the back. No, not too noisy really. Nerves 🙂 All followed by Eve Singleton in a London Cab driven by her dad. She doesn’t travel to well our Eve!
So up at Thame and into the changing rooms – heated no less ! Followed by a proper team talk. Nerves were rife. That’s when the girls calmed us down. That was until Evie Mc realised she was, as captain, first out. “Just get on with it Evie. Yeah, your hair’s great” and out to great applause and onto a lovely playing surface.
First half started well with the girls taking the game to City Belles and within the opening five mins Aurela had put us one up. Now that was when I really lost total perspective. If and what chances, and by whom and when. As there were a lot of witnesses, i.e. our supporters, I don’t want any any discrepancies in the accuracy of my match report so I will go through player by player.
First our two goalies, Lili Davidson first half and Farren Webster second half, both made vital saves at crucial times in the match. Lili one on one saving a point blank shot and then smothering the loose ball just before half time and Farren a one handed save pushing the ball round the post ten mins before the final whistle. If either of them had gone in them I am sure it would have been a different game . So two shots and a couple of clearances that had to be made by Lili and Farren were all that got through our defence of Millie Issy and Eve. Millie, who always puts her heart and soul into it, made some great tackles. We would like to play Millie in the midfield but for this game we had to have her in the centre at the back dominating it.
Issy, who started off a bit on the slow side, had a stint as sub for the last 15 mins of the first half. We didn’t feel she was getting forward enough but more than made up for it in the second half – especially with the wind against us and City Belles really coming at us. Eve just didn’t give the oppo anything at all although we had one typical Eve foray up front from our goal line. Head down and she was off down the wing straight up the other end. When Eve goes on one of her runs no one gets near her and she was slightly unlucky with her shot just going wide.
Into midfield with Abi having a couple of good probing attacks down the wing, beating her defenders and getting the ball into the goal area, but mainly breaking the play up and a bit more of a defensive midfield role. On the right hand side Becky was getting a bit more space and getting the passes, beating her defenders and attacking the goal and unlucky with a couple of efforts. Evie Mc was her normal self, protecting the defence and breaking up play so any time City Belles started to put a few passes together it was soon stopped. Angie was her normal self, bringing everyone into the game with some great passes, totally dominating midfield, taking a few hefty challenges – the last causing her to come off ten minutes from time (broken toe) and a couple of mazy runs into the bargain.
Aurela two goals, one well taken, one a bit lucky – typical striker 🙂 She has had a really good run towards the end of the season, benefiting from having either Paige or Reanna as support up front. Paige played in 4 different positions but did exactly what was asked of her. Reanna can count herself unlucky not to have had more match time as, when she came on, she immediately started buzzing around, nicking the ball, a couple of nice little runs and generally being a nuisance to the Belles’ defence. However second half, backs to the wall, a strong wind against us and Angie going off, we had to sacrifice a striker which was a hard decision to make as we really need to get Reanna more match time.
But final whistle, 2015 league and cup winners. That’ll do !
A final word for City Belles we always have a great game of football against them they always try and get the ball on the ground and play FOOTball as preached by their Coaches they pushed us all the way as per usual with some tense moments for Barry and I. One more final word many thanks to our support. Having everyone all on the coach made for a great day.