Today’s round of matches saw the girls travel to Tongwynlais, the home of Fairwater Juniors.
In the first of the four fixtures Caerphilly took on the pinks of Sully for the first time this year. With a match day squad of 9 and Tayla and Megan B waiting in the wings the yellows took to the field with Summer in goal, Lexi and Ellie-may at the back, Sophia, Layla, Ava in midfield and Grace in attack.
Against a large Sully squad it was honours even for a large part of the game, with few chances for either side. Both teams were keen to get the upper-hand in a closely fought midfield with neither side giving an inch. With some fresh legs on the pitch Caerphilly eventually were the ones who managed to unlock the Sully defence for the only goal of the game. A clearance from the returning defensive rock Ellie-may found Layla on the half way line. A powerful run down the right flank and stinging cross could only be parried into the path of the supporting Tayla, who buried the shot with confidence, rewarding the great support play.
Second up were the Greens of Hopkinstown, With Lexi taking over in goal, Megan B moving in to partner Ellie-may and Summer moving to striker the yellow and blacks looked to keep the momentum in their favour. In similar fashion to the first game the midfields cancelled each other with great passages of play on both sides. Caerphilly were again looking to utilize the space and get their passing game going. This nearly paid off when a neat turn down the left saw Sophia put Grace into space, only to see the shot glance wide.
From the resulting restart it was Layla who reacted first when the ball rebounded back goal-ward off Megan B. Sprinting forward Layla this time managed to reach the ball just as the green goalkeeper stooped to collect the ball. Beating the keeper’s finger tips by inches Layla stabbed the ball into the opponents net.
The goal spurred on the opposition and soon got a deserved goal of their own after setting a player free down the left and slotting home.
Undeterred Caerphilly again pushed forward and this time it was Layla who turned provider, putting Sophia into space through the middle. The midfielder was in no mood to let the chance pass and coolly slotted the ball into the bottom left of the goal to round off a very competitive game.
In the third game of the day Caerphilly switched pitches to take on the reds of Fairwater FC. In a real ding dong of a game, goals were evident from the off. Almost from the kick off a break through the midfield from Layla saw her unleash a stinging shot from mid-distance that almost broke the crossbar before falling into the arms of the impressive red keeper.
It wasn’t long before another break, this time from Megan B in midfield, saw a superbly weighted through ball gathered by the industrious Tayla. A half turn onto her stronger foot saw her unleash a shot into the roof of the net from 15 yards.
Positive play from the Cardiff team saw them back on level terms within minutes, pouncing on a goal mouth scramble to squeeze the ball past the advancing Summer in goal.
Caerphilly’s workrate then went up a level and with Ava now at her skill-full best and Sophia again looking to utilise the space in front of her the yellows worked a great move to free Grace through the middle. With a characteristic powerful run and Grace in her favorite position the second goal was almost inevitable. However, for once the shot was released, only to miss the left hand upright by a whisker.
Caerphilly kept up the pressure and soon Layla was again on the score sheet to help Caerphilly get their noses in front. It want going to be the last action of the game however and soon Fairwater FC were back on level terms. Honours even in a game played in great spirit throughout.
After a rest Caerphilly came up against an impressive Fairwater Juniors team. In a 6v6 match it was a chance to give everyone a run out in the last of the fixtures. The change of formation and regular player swaps meant that Caerphilly found it difficult to really find their feet and although they did show some excellent goal keeping first from Megan B and then from Lexi they spent large parts of the game in a defensive position. Ellie-may worked tirelessly to keep the home side at bay and Tayla as dogged as ever didn’t want to give an inch. One moment of hope was created after Fairwater’s first two goals. A smart through ball following dogged defensive play from Ava saw Summer break through and finish excellently to reduce the deficit to the single goal. Several corners gave Caerphilly hope but it wasn’t to be on this occasion, and Fairwater showed great form and skill to find several more goals and comfortably close the game out.
Four different matches with plenty of positives in the style of play, returning players and effort and a few opportunities to learn from as we move forward. We’ll done all!
Special mention to Sophia who deservedly took home Footy the mascot to look after for the week.
Thanks to Fairwater Juniors for hosting and coaches and teams from Fairwater FC, Sully and Hopkinstown for a great mornings football!.