Our Under 11s headed over to AFC Porth this morning, for two games, versus the hosts and firstly against Thornhill Yellows.
Eager to keep a excellent run of form going, our set game plan was disturbed slightly with a request from our opposition to lend a player as they were short. Needless to say, we were happy to oblige. Sienna switching teams in the first have, and Georgia in the 2nd.
The first game started with quite a cagey affair. Both teams letting each other settle in possession with some nice passing on display from both sides, though lacking any real penetration in attack.
As the match progressed, Caerphilly started to boss possession, and started wave upon wave in attack – however it was Sienna who starred in the first half (for Thornhill) as she broke down many a Caerphilly move. Bethan, Gwen, and Holly all managed to get a few shots away, but some excellent goalkeeping by Thornhill’s stand in keeper kept the scores level at half time.
The 2nd half continued as the 1st left off. Sofija in goals was left as a spectator for much of the game, but was called into action to make a few saves following Thornhill attacks.
Megan, Emily C and Emily W remained solid at the back, determined nothing would get through, and the solid platform they built enabled Holly, Bethan, and Gwen to dominate the play further up the field.
Maya making her debut in Caerphilly Castle Colours also played a blinder in the 2nd half, and it was her ball which found its way to Holly in space which provided the opportunity for Holly to smash a neat right footed shot into the bottom corner.
Thornhill continued to press in the remainder of the game, but Caerphilly held firm. A great display all round and really pleasing for the girls tro keep their good run of form going.
The 2nd match against Porth overall was quite a tight affair, though the scoreline would suggest otherwise.
The game started again with both team pressing the ball well, though it was Porth who experienced the rub of the green. A very well taken first goal, and a couple of unfortunate deflections giving them the lead. Buoyed by their start Porth spirits were high, and seemed to be first to all the 50/50s which made it difficult for the Caerphilly girls to play the kind of football we have seen them play lately.
The 2nd half, and a couple of formational changes say a much closer affair in the final 15 minutes. Caerphilly had most of the possession, but excellent defending throughout by Porth insured a shut out. A quick breakaway from Porth say them add to the scoreline.
In all, a very enjoyable morning’s football. As always the Caerphilly girls played throughout with smiles on their faces.
We would like to give our thanks to AFC Porth for their great hosting as always, and to Thornhill for a very well spirited match. Thanks both – we look forward to future match ups.
We would also like to give a big shout out to all our kit sponsors – Castle Gate Indian Restaurant, Rob Morris, Got Beef, Castle Fish Bar, and Lamia Fleet Hire, who have helped ensure our girls look top notch when out on the field of play.