On the 22nd May 2019, the U16 girls’ football team took on Priory at the Portsmouth Cup Final at Fratton Park. Mr Furnell reports.
The mind games had already begun before the kick-off for the Under 16’s girls final, with Captain Lauren choosing to swap ends, so Admiral were kicking towards the sun.
The Under 16 girls’ final got off to a flyer with both teams testing each other early on to see if they could grab an early goal. Priory seemed to enjoy more of the possession early on but the girls remained resilient and stuck to their game plan.
Lucy, Gemma, Lauren and Caitlin were hassling the Priory midfield giving them no time on the ball. This kind of attitude was echoed throughout the whole team with some great tackles and interceptions from both full backs Erin and Elly who were able to keep the threat from the opposing wingers to a minimum.
The message from the touchline to the Admiral girls was to remain patient and that they did. The outlet of Jess and Arsha ensured the Priory defence were in for a torrid evening.
After some nice build-up play the girls won a free-kick just inside the opposition half, which was taken by Jenny.
Jenny then played a superb cross field ball to Jess who was able to lose her marker and lob the ball over the Priory Goalkeeper putting Admiral 1-0 up.
The girls started to grow in confidence after this and sensed they could get more.
Before long they were 2-0 up, thanks to a sublime finish from Arsha.
Priory weren’t going to take this lightly and started to mount a few dangerous attacks of their own. A great interception by Erin on the edge of the Admiral penalty area ensured the game remained 2-0 at half time.
A few wise words from Mr Stubbs and Miss Rennison must have been ringing in the ears of the girls as they started the second half brightly, with Lauren running the midfield stringing some great passes together and Danni making some superb runs down the left hand side.
Yet, the score remained 2-0.
The later the game went on the more fatigue was starting to set in for the girls and Priory started to create a few more opportunities, with Lucy producing an outstanding save from a long range effort that looked like it was destined for the net.
The defence remained strong and this was down to the partnership formed by Jenny and Tia. They complimented each other incredibly well with Tia’s ability to organise the defence and Jenny’s ability to read the game. This was helped by both Scarlett and Liv producing a solid defensive display when called upon.
Final score 2-0 Admiral!
The team played exceptionally well and thoroughly enjoyed the experience – congratulations!
– Mr Furnell