Our new junior section had their first introduction to competitive football in a friendly hosted by Splott Albion.
Despite being the first time most of our girls had ever played any sort of a match, they performed brilliantly, and were very unlucky not to get anything out of the two games they played, which ended in a two defeats.
Starting the first game, the girls took a little while to find their feet, and were undone by a well organised Splott team on two occasions in the first half and possibly could have gotten more had it not been for numerous tackles and clearance from Elin at the heart of our defence. We went in at the break 2 -0 down.
The second half saw the girls coming out with a lot more confidence, and having most of the play. The defence of Layla and Grace looked impenetrable, preventing Megan in goal from hardly having to make a save, and Sophie looked a continued threat up front. Alas, this was where the experience of Splott Albion shone through, and unfortunately we weren’t able to find a breakthrough, with the match ending 2-0.
The second game started very much in the same fashion as the first ended. Caerphilly Castle enjoyed much more of the play. Sienna coming into her own in the midfield during the first half, and Bethan terrorising the Splott Backline.
Going into the break 0-0 we really thought we would have enough to get a win. Unfortunately, Splott made a decisive break following a Caerphilly corner, and with a little confusion in our defence, and the midfield a bit slow tracking back, they were able to sneak in a well worked goal. Our girls continued to press for an equaliser, but it wasn’t to be. Stoic defending from the home side continued until the ref blew the final whistle, with the game ending 1-0 to Splott.
Whilst disappointing not to get a win, all the girls came off the pitch with huge smiles. It was wonderful to see the enthusiasm and enjoyment they got out of the game, and they were anything but disheartened despite the two losses. It was a prime example of it being “It’s not the winning it’s the taking part” which counts.
It was a tremendous learning experience not just for the girls, but for the coaches too. Many thanks to Mark, and all involved at Splott Albion for the game and the hospitality shown. They are a top club!
Megan, Sienna, Tara, Cerys, Grace, Elin, Sophie, Sofija, Bethan, Layla, Tayla, Aneria.