Sat 20th Nov 2021 @ 21:51:16 (163 Views)
Charnock Girls U12 Reds (11) v (1) Middlewood Rovers Girls JFC U12
20 November 2021
Today we welcomed Middlewood Rovers to Springs in the first round of the cup. Middlewood only formed over the summer so this marked our first game against them.
For the second week in a row we had a full squad of 12 players available and we started the game with Jessica in goal, Emily, Lacey and Olivia in defence, Merci played through the middle, Lola and Hera on the wings with Honey and Niamh up front.
The girls immediately started with a real purpose and were rewarded almost immediately with Niamh slotting home the opening goal with our first attack of the game following good work down the wing from Merci. Not happy to rest on their early good work Charnock were 2 goals up after just five minutes with Niamh and Merci again combining well and Niamh slotting home her second of the game after the Middlewood goalkeeper failed to hold onto Merci's powerful cross.
This galvanised our visitors who started pouring forward in numbers, but were thwarted by some strong tackling from Emily and Lacey.
A couple of changes saw Evie C and Evie M introduced to the game. Some excellent passing out of defence from Olivia saw her and Evie C combining well enabling Evie C to make a number of surging runs down the wing. It was following one of these runs the ball was crossed in and we were awarded a penalty when the ball struck the Middlewood defender on the arm. Up stepped Evie M to coolly slot home from the spot to make it 3.
The girls weren't done there and the first half scoring was rounded off when Merci netted a fine solo effort just before the break.
Half time Charnock (4) v (0) Middlewood.
We took the opportunity to change things round a little in the second half with Jessica coming out of the net and Evie M going in and Olivia and Sienna playing up front.
The changes didn't affect the girls rhythm with Honey sliding home a 5th soon after half time and Jess coolly firing in a 6th following a marauding solo run through the middle.
This seemed to open the floodgates, Honey notched her 2nd of the game soon after, closely followed by an 8th team goal by Hera who shielded the ball well, shrugged off a couple of defenders before firing home from the edge of the area.
Our visitors didn't let their heads go down and were on the score sheet with a powerful strike. Once again this seemed to galvanise our girls with Merci hitting a quick fire double to complete her hat trick. The last goal came courtesy of a mazy run from Merci who unselfishly laid the ball off to Lola for her to score her first goal for the Reds.
Today’s player of the match was Lola.