Caerphilly castle u10s today travelled to Hopkinstown for the latest round of four games. This morning’s fixtures contained three teams familiar to the girls, Cyncoed, Hopkinstown and Porth with the last of the games a first encounter against Fairwater FC.
With some last minute absentees and injuries it meant Caerphilly took to the field with a bare 7, energy conservation would be key for the team.
Kicking off against Cyncoed with the luxury of some bright Autumn sunshine the two teams showed real enterprise and attacking football. With Seren in goal and Lexi and Megan B leading the defensive line, Caerphilly dealt well with the chances the Cardiff team put together.
Finding their feet, the midfield of Grace, Tayla and Layla started to get a foothold in the game and put together a number of chances for the ever-keen Summer in attack. Soon Caerphilly we’re on the score sheet, Layla pouncing onto a through ball to power home from medium range.
Within minutes great pressure from Tayla, Summer and Grace again found Layla free on the left to fire home with the outside of the foot.
It wasn’t long before Layla scored again to notch up a brilliant hat-trick, shooting to the corner from distance to just avoid the grasp of the Cyncoed keeper. A good break through midfield saw Grace within shooting range and fire home accurately to round off the scoring.
The second game saw an encounter with the home team. With Summer and Seren swapping positions Caerphilly kept to the 2-3-1 formation.
Some strong pressure through midfield saw Caerphilly take an early lead, with Grace working hard to get herself into space and fire home. The game was always close with the greens of Hopkinstown showing great adventure and attacking play. A series of corners finally paid off and a great shot from the home midfielder flew into the corner of the goal.
Caerphilly regrouped and with the defence growing stronger with each attack they managed to work the ball back into the opponents half. Good interplay between Layla and Tayla set Grace into space who again showed nerves of steel and put the ball past the home keeper for her brace. Late pressure did come from the home side but again was dealt with by Lexi and Megan, who were both superb on the day.
Straight into game 3 and an encounter with Porth. Caerphilly reverted to a 3-3 formation with Tayla and Grace moving along side Lexi in defence and Meg B slotting into midfield alongside Layla and Summer.
It was Caerphilly who got out of the blocks first. After a period of Porth pressure Caerphilly pushed up after one attack, swift play between Summer and Megan set Layla a through ball to chase. With her usual powerful style Layla gathered the ball, moved inside and fired home for an excellent goal.
Strong Caerphilly pressure soon after saw some errors in the Porth goal with the ball somehow squirting out and into the back of the claret and blues net.
Porth predictably started to exert pressure of their own, getting stronger and stronger as the game went on. A great cross field pass and finish set up a tight finish. With Meg B off the field after taking a clearance in the face, and therefore Caerphilly a girl down, Porth again found space to fire another excellent goal. A few half-chances for both sides in the last minutes couldn’t find the net, and the goal scoring ended there. A great game with good skills shown by both teams in all parts of the pitch.
The last game of the day saw the yellows take on Fairwater F.C. for the first time. After a break to rest some weary legs Caerphilly found the energy for one last team effort.
Reverting back to the initial set up Caerphilly were keen to give their all in what was a really tight encounter. Pressure was exerted by both teams, and neither gave an inch. It was Caerphilly who found a way to break the deadlock. Tayla broke down the right and managed to escape the pressure of three defenders to square the ball in front of goal. A clearance found the feet of Grace who took it on to her right to fire home for another strong finish and her fourth of the day!
A lot of play took place in the middle of the park, with both midfields giving everything. It was ‘the Castle’ who finally broke through one more time. Good pressure forced a corner and with the whole team pressing the ball stayed in the opponents half. A push through from Meg found its way to Tayla, who pounced to power the ball into the net; a well deserved goal for her efforts and a great way to round the game off.
Overall a brilliant morning of football, with 4 games played in great spirit, 10 goals and two clean sheets from the trio of Seren, Lexi and Meg B!!!
Layla deservedly took the players vote to look after our mascot, ‘footy’ for the week – well done Layla!
Awesome effort from all girls who played at Hopkinstown today, and the spirit shown in all games. Thank you to Lisa who did a great job of hosting!!