The U10’s today put on a brave face to face the elements in the first cross-league fixture away at Tredegar. The squad of 9 faced two familiar opponents in Cyncoed and Fairwater FC, while also coming up against Tredegar A and B sides for the first time.
The first encounter saw the yellows of CCLG take on Tredegar B with a new experimental 3-1-2 formation. The energetic Danielle occupied the green jersey with Lexi, Ellie-may and Meg B in front of her, Ava in midfield and a front pair of Grace and Layla. Tayla and debutant Kate, started on the sidelines waiting to make an impact.
Caerphilly, playing on 3G for the first time took a little time to acclimatize to the faster surface and higher bounce, and as a result found themselves trailing by the half way mark. Confidence soon grew and with both sets of fresh legs on started to take the upper hand. Caerphilly, upping the tempo and starting to find their passes soon drew level when Layla struck with a typically powerful finish from medium range. Almost from the restart neat interplay between Layla and Grace put the latter into space to round of the scoring and finish on a high.
The second game of the day saw the challenge of Fairwater FC, a side well known to the Caerphilly outfit and one that has provided many close contests over the last few months of the season.
Caerphilly started the match with the same pace and passing approach that they ended game 1, a style that really was entertaining to watch. The midfield trio of Tayla, Layla and Kate, making her first start for the yellows, were first to most of the balls that came into the zone while Meg B and Lexi were excellent – organized and efficient in dealing with anything that came their way. It meant a very quiet game in goal for Danielle, with hardly a save to make. At the other end Layla was first on the score sheet capitalizing on some indecision in defence to fire home from close range, and a goal to cap a fine debut from Kate, returning a clearance from ‘outside the box’ into the bottom right corner.
Game 3 saw the home team’s a-side take on the Caerphilly superstars. From the off it was clear that the opposition were well drilled with skilled players in all areas. With Ava switching to take on the goalkeeping duties and Layla moving to striker Caerphilly had experience at all positions to counter the anticipated challenge.
It was the travelling team that got on the score sheet first through a typical Grace barnstormer in what was to be a real ‘to-and fro’ encounter. Shortly afterwards some confusion in a Caerphilly defensive position allowed the home team to equalize. This spurred Caerphilly on and again they pushed forward. Some great play by Ellie-may in midfield, holding off her opposite number and turning to thread a through-ball into the path of Grace. In turn she laid the ball into the centrally position Layla who calmly slotted the ball past the Tredegar keeper. Two further goals from the home side meant Caerphilly were playing catch-up going into the last 5 minutes. The challenge was there and they rose to it. A typically determined challenge and lay-off by Tayla on the half way line found Grace advancing down the centre. Taking her goalscoring form from the practice ground the ball was placed to the keepers right to bring the scores level, how it would stay to the final whistle. Strong, skillful performances and entertaining game served up by the two teams.
The final encounter matched Caerphilly with Cyncoed. With the Cardiff team down a few players Ellie-may was kind enough to switch sides and take up a midfield birth for the opposition (and play a blinder).
Tayla moved to goalkeeping duties in the absence of the departing Danielle, while Kate moved to a forward role, Ava returning to the midfield to shore-up the central areas. It was the latter that would open the scoring with an amazing long range effort beating the defenders and goal keeper alike. A great solo goal from Cyncoed brought the scores level momentarily but up stepped Grace to add a hat-trick to her previous goal scoring exploits, the last of the three goals the result of a shot from inside her own half!! Cycnoed closed out the scoring with another well worked goal involving Ellie-may and finished by their in-form striker.
A great set of performances, seeing 11 super goals and some strong defensive performances in 4 games played in great spirit.
Well done to Kate who got the player’s vote to look after footy for the week, on the back of a brilliant debut weekend.
Thank you to Tredegar for hosting excellently and Cyncoed and Fairwater for a superb morning’s football.