AFC Porth Girls v Caerphilly Castle Girls
Date 17th December 2017
Venue, Garth Park, Trealaw, Porth
After last week’s match against Splott Albion was called off due to snow, the juniors returned to match football with a friendly against AFC Porth Boys and Girls.
Reduced to a squad of 8 players due to a spate of sickness and late withdrawals, the Caerphilly team picked itself, with Megan starting in goal, and Chrissy making her club debut in the heart of defence.
On a very wet and muddy pitch both sets of teams fought in two very competitive matches where they were very much playing against the conditions as well as each other.
The 1st game began with both teams getting used to the run of the ball on the uneven surface, which made it difficult to play the passing football expected. It became obvious from the start though that with two closely matched teams, the games could go either way.
It was Porth that managed to acclimatize first, and in what was generally an even first half, they managed to make a couple of well worked breaks count, and went in at the break up 2-0.
A change in formation for Caerphilly in the 2nd half made a real difference. Late comer Sofija took on goalkeeping duties with Megan coming into midfield in place of Heidi.
An unfortunate mix up in defense allowed Porth to grab another goal, but Caerphilly never gave up. With Sienna, Bethan, and Megan in Midfield, and Tayla tirelessly supporting up front, Caerphilly started to dominate possession, and were rewarded with their first competitive goal! Bethan managed to work herself into space and slot home into the bottom corner – to huge celebrations from the travelling fans!
To say the confidence flowed through the team form that point on would be an understatement! With Elin and Chrissy easily clearing any forward attack from Porth, Caerphilly continued to pepper the home team goal with chances. Sienna, Elin, and Megan all having opportunities to narrow the score line further. Unfortunately, it proved in vain and the first game ended 3-1 to the home team.
A second game saw another very even contest. However, with Heidi unable to make reappearance, the heavy conditions took their toll and a little fatigue affected Caerphilly. Both teams had opportunities to score, but it was Porth, able to call upon fresh legs, who managed to put away a couple of chances –both from what looks like becoming a slight Achilles heel for Caerphilly in being unable to clear after a goal kick. The match finished 2-0.
We came to the game hoping for our first competitive goal, and achieved that. All the girls played their socks off and we couldn’t be prouder of their performance/determination and never give up spirit.
Many thanks to all at AFC Porth for their hospitality and we look forward to further encounters in the future.
And to Caerphilly Girls – here’s looking forward to a very exciting 2018!
Sofija, Chrissy, Elin, Sienna, Bethan, Megan, Tayla, Heidi.O