With the SWWGL fixtures put on hold for a week due to Mother’s Day, we had the pleasure of hosting a couple of friendly matches on the St. Cenydd astroturf pitches, which provided our Under 9s and Under 11s teams to get together and play as a single team against our visitors from Cardiff.
With players available limited due to Mother’s day, it was great to see Emily and Catrina make their club debuts, and both thoroughly enjoying the occasion.
A round robin tournament saw our girls face 2 teams from Fairwater, with a game sandwiched in between against Cardiff Corinthians.
Having played a friendly against Fairwater previously, we knew it was going to be a tough match up, and again it proved to be. Slick passing and movement from Fairwater in the first game saw them boss the possession, and make the most of their chances. Not to be fully outdone though, Caerphilly did manage to get on the score sheet, with a well taken goal from Bethan giving the home team hope. A couple of other chances came along for Caerphilly, with Bethan and Catrina both going close, though in the end, the first game ended in a well deserved victory for the visitors.
The second game against the Corries proved a much closer affair. Both teams had periods where they dominated possession, and it was Caerphilly who broke the deadlock first, with Bethan yet again getting on the scoresheet.
The games ebbed and flowed in both direction. Caerphilly held out until half time, but in the second half Corries got more into it and found their a-game. A mix up in defence presenting them with their first goal, and then with what was near enough the last kick of the game, the Corries snatched victory with a well worked move with the striker finishing well.
It was much improved game by Caerphilly overall, and we were unlucky to leave the pitch empty handed.
The final game against Fairwater once again proved a tough challenge, however a much closer game overall then in our first match. In the first half, both Grace and Bethan had good chances to get on the scoresheet. In defense however, the old achilles heal seemed to come back to haunt us and failure to get the ball away from goal kicks gifted Fairwater a couple of goals.
The 2nd half continued in a similar vain, though Caerphilly did get on the scoresheet with Grace bringing her goalscoring touch from the u9s into play to get on the goal sheet, whilst Megan and Sienna also had multiple chances to add to the tally. Alas, it wasn’t to be, and the match ended in another well deserved win for Fairwater.
A good day had by all. Many thanks to our friends from Fairwater Girls and Cardiff Corinthians for coming up to Caerphilly, and we wish you the best of luck for the rest of the season.