There were many positives to build on following the latest games for our Under 11s this week, against Fairwater and Barry Town United at Tongwynlais.
Although both games ended in defeat, there was a great deal of development from previous matches clearly evident, with some lovely passing moves displayed, and much improved communication with each other.
In the first match against Barry Town United, we played 15 mins a half and held them at 0-0 well into the second half, which was a massive improvement from our last match up against this opposition. Megan played in goals in the absence of our regular keeper, proving to be a worthy back up, making many saves and commanding her area well.
With large pitches 60×40 there was plenty of space available on the pitch, and Caerphilly, keeping possession well created a few chances to score but nothing clear cut.
It was Barry who midway through the 2nd half broke the deadlock, and with their confidence brimming after the first goal managed to put away another couple of chances giving them a deserved win, if slightly a flattering margin of victory.
Playing familiar opposition in Fairwater In the second game, we knew they had a lot of exceptional talent to pick from and it was going to be a difficult game.
Fairwater got on the scoresheet early, and never looked back. Despite being outclassed, Caerphilly never gave up, and some lovely interchange of passing between Megan and Bethan saw Caerphilly come close to getting on the scoreline.
The large pitches took their toll on the girls, and playing with the bare 8 players (no substitutes) led to tired legs towards the end of the game. However, with Lucy and Emily making their club debuts, the future is looking promising, and when a full squad of players is available in future weeks we look forward to becoming more competitive, ready and waiting for that first win.