Having had the pleasure of hosting Cardiff Crusaders in the opening matches of the season, it was the Under 11s turn to pay a visit to their home ground today, as they faced two matches – against the hosts as well as Aberdare.
Still suffering from half term absentees, the Castle once again traveled light, though this week with a contingent of 8 with Bethan and Sienna both returning to the ranks having missed last weeks games, though Lucy was an additional absentee.
The first game proved a close affair – mainly due to the smaller goals which were in use. Caerphilly managed to dominate most of the possession and chances, but initially found clear shots hard to come by due to some resolute defending from the home team.
The Castle girls though, determined to keep their good recent record going eventually had their pressure pay off. Not long after Georgia had struck the post, Bethan, playing in an new midfield role managed to make a good run into the box before calmly slotting home for the opener.
Megan, and Sienna at the back managed to prevent any clear chances for the homeside, protecting Seren in goals who was standing in for the late running Sofija.
Emily, Holly, and Georgia continued to pressure up to the end of the 1st half, but good goalkeeping prevented any future additions to the scoresheet.
The 2nd half also remained a cagey 15 minutes. Crusaders manages to get hold of possession more, but no clear cut chances developed from either side. It wasn’t the best performance we’ve seen since from the Castle youngsters, but it was nice to keep their winning run going.
Our second game of the day proved a very different affair, against a very skillful Aberdare side.
Whilst the game was even for long periods, with both teams having periods of domination, it was Aberdare who made the most of their chances, which in the main were resultant from the Castle girls failing to clear their lines (that old achilles heal coming back to haunt us). Caerphilly continued to compete, with Bethan, Holly, Georgia, Sienna and Emily all having chances to get on the score sheet, but we just didn’t seem to have the rub of the green. Together with some excellent goalkeeping from the Rhondda team, they managed to keep the Castle at bay and hold out for a deserved victory.
Thanks to Crusaders for their hospitality. We look forward to further matchups in the next few weeks.