Monday, 21 March 2016

Match Report: Back To Winning Ways Against Horfield

Oxford City vs Horfield - 16.01.16
22-10 Win

The match started with a fast and beautiful should-have-been runner from Becca within moments of the whistle. We soon got the first goal, but then the opposition sunk a penalty (that Dan, perhaps rightly, insists was not a penalty). 

After that, first-half highlights include: a throw-off where James won the ball using the speed to be able to pass to himself; the ref (Pete Sage) doing a Matrix-style lean back to avoid a cross court pass; Catherine adapting successfully to the novelty of being marked by someone taller; and stunning long shots from Ruth, Dan and Dave.

The half ended with a healthy lead but there were points when we had passed the ball out of play, at least once we were timed out in attack and we were often shooting from the wrong opportunities leading to short attacks. Frank reminded us to use what we had been training and we tried out a new double sub with a full division of girls switching for the new half. 

Goals were spread across the squad and those that weren't scored got us valuable resets to attack further. James used his pace and quick thinking to sink a couple of fast close goals. The match also included the regional debut for Ian and in the second half, not content with simply being on pitch making space and passing well, he also scored a lovely long shot. When Ian was off pitch, he also distracted Dan possibly to help give the crowd some slapstick comedy.

There was a period of play where both teams exchanged tit-for-tat penalties and, once we were all bored of that, our long shots came back out the bag to get our score above 20 goals. At the very end of the match notably Gaz did just run straight into a stationary girl. Perhaps the lack of sleep is how he can still questions how she got there but, if he can captain the side and score four while barely awake, then we are all impressed.

An important point to make is how Becca richly deserves player of the match for her tireless efforts to support, defend and make the best of every opportunity. She worked hard for the whole team throughout the match but the goal she scored was an individual masterpiece. Essentially she had a short shot that bounced long over the head of her giant marker. She outran this marker, got around her, claimed the ball and shot again... now from a long way out and scored brilliantly. Epic Becca!

Everyone played well and there were so many goals it is impossible to remember them all. I hope you all enjoyed the match because we get to play Horfield again in a fortnight!

MVP - Becca Brennan
Scorers - James (5), Dave (4), Gaz (4), Dan (3), Ruth (2), Becca, Alice, Amy, Ian

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