For the Winter fixtures for the Under 11s age groups, the SWWGL have introduced Futsal to the league, and Caerphilly Castle Ladies and Girls had two teams making their debuts in this variant of football.
Up in Merthyr, three excellent games saw our girls coming away with two good victories and a narrow defeat.
In the first game against Cardiff Corries, Caerphilly were quick off the mark with a brace from Holly. Both teams were able to show some great passing moves, but with Seren resolute in goals, and Emily being ever reliable in defence, Corries found it hard to create any clear chances where Caerphilly quickly snapped up any opportunities they had. A brace from Gwen before half time, before Bethan earned a well deserved 2nd half hat-trick, to be matched by Gwen with another goal saw a convincing win for the Castle girls, though in fairness was probably a bit harsh on the Corries who showed some great work themselves.
A second game against new opposition in Coed Eva proved a much different affair. Whilst dominating the opening exchanges, Caerphilly could only manage one goal from Holly before Eva upped their game and took control of the match. As with the nature of Futsal a very much end to end game pursued, and although Caerphilly added to the scoresheet with another goal from Holly, and one from Gwen, it wasn’t quite enough to keep undefeated.
Our final game in Merthyr saw us again take on a new opposition team. This time in the face of Villa Dino. Quickly off the mark, Gwen opened the scoring with an audacious chip past the keeper. With Holly taking a turn in goals, Seren played out for a half, and with her first touch outfield struck a lovely shot which nestled in the bottom right hand corner. Further goals from Beth, a third brace from Holly (with Seren reverting to goals for the 2nd half), and an eventual goal from an ever industrious Megan completed the scoring for Caerphilly with Vill Dino getting a well deserved consolation goal in reply.
In all a great day for the girls in Merthyr, and they are all looking forward to next week’s matched already,
Our other set of under 11s say them introduced to Futsal at the Cardiff University Sports complex in Talybont, where they faced off against Abergavenny, Cardiff Bluebells and Treowen North.
Full report to follow.