Saturday 30 April 2016

League Game 15 – City of York Girls U13s League 2015-2016

Bishopthorpe White Rose U13s 0 – York Railway Institute U13s 2

Goalscorers – Alexia, Kimberly

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Match Report

York RI finally got to play their away game against Bishopthorpe and the pitch was going to be hard work.  The grass was long and after some heavy rain patches of the pitch looked as if they would hold the ball up.

With Chloe J still injured, the York RI team started with Katie in goal, hoping to achieve her 11th clean sheet of the league season, Chloe H arrived late so Grace partnered Lauren in defence.  Midfield was the formidable Amber and Denva, whilst Alexia was paired up front with Kimberly.

York RI started on the front foot with early chances for Alexia and Kimberly testing the Bishopthorpe goalkeeper.  Bishopthorpe knew they had nothing to lose and when in possession stormed forward with plenty of players.  Grace and Lauren dealt with everything the home team could throw at them and Katie made a couple of early saves to keep the score 0-0.

On 9 minutes a great ball from Amber found Alexia on the York RI left and her cross was met first time by Kimberly.  The goalkeeper saved the first shot but Kimberly smashed the rebound into the back of the net.  Just after the goal Lucy-Liu replaced Kimberly up front.  Almost immediately Lucy had a great run and shot from the edge of the area that just went wide.  She is desperately searching for her first goal and at times panicked when in possession, she is a great player and the goal will come in time.

Just after 17 minutes a corner to York RI was headed just over by Alexia, and a minute later she had 2 great shots saved by the Bishopthorpe goalkeeper.  Chloe H replaced Grace in defence and immediately carried the ball over halfway before releasing Denva for a good shot that narrowly missed the far post.

With 5 minutes of the half left, Ruby made her first appearance of the season for the U13s and straight away had a good run and shot that again was saved by the Bishopthorpe goalkeeper.  With the last kick of the half an audacious effort from Alexia just sailed over the crossbar.

Half Time: Bishopthorpe White Rose U13s 0 – York Railway Institute U13s 1

Changes were made at half time with Chloe H, Denva, Amber and Lauren being replaced by Tegan, Kimberly, Lucy-Liu and Grace.

With all the changes, York RI struggled to get their passing game going and the pitch wasn’t helping with passes getting held up in the long grass.  Bishopthorpe came out determined to get a goal but for the defending of Kimberly and Grace, and the goalkeeping of Katie, they might have.

Tegan was running very hard and chasing everything up front and nearly got a break when she pinched the ball off the defender but her shot was straight at the goalkeeper.

Alexia had a long-range free kick that was deflected wide and Ruby had another shot just wide.  On 35 minutes Alexia and the impressive Kimberly were replaced by Denva and Chloe H.  Just after Denva collected the ball just inside the Bishopthorpe half and drove towards goal.  She could have shot early but delayed and the chance was lost amongst the mass of defenders.  That is one observation from the York RI coaching staff this season, at times the players have tried to walk the ball into the goal instead of shooting when the chance presents itself.

With 7 minutes to go Lucy-Liu, Ruby and Grace were replaced by Alexia, Amber and LaurenAmber was covering every blade of grass as usual, making important tackles and simple yet effective passes.  Lauren didn’t put a foot wrong all day. She reads the game so well, and just loves tackling the biggest player on the opposition!

With it looking like the game was going to finish 1-0, Alexia collected the ball inside the Bishopthorpe half, took two strides and fired an unstoppable shot into the roof of the Bishopthorpe net, the goalkeeper didn’t move!  A fantastic way to finish the league campaign with a wonder strike from the top scorer in all of the age groups in York Girls’ Football Leagues!

Final Score: Bishopthorpe White Rose U13s 0 – York Railway Institute U13s 2

In conversation Coach Chris said ‘To go through a whole season unbeaten is one thing but to win 15 out of 15 is outstanding!  When we looked at the league at the start of the season we thought we should do well, but you still have to go out week on week and get the results.’  He added, ‘ A special thank you to Chloe J for coming to support her team mates.”

He went on to say ‘The girls have really done themselves proud.  It has been a real stop start season with so many matches being missed due to the bad weather, we played one game in 5 weeks at one stage.  We are always a team that plays better when we have a run of matches, so this hasn’t helped.  That said, we have scored 112 goals and only conceded 6.  Lets hope next week the girls can go to the Cup Final and show everyone watching how good a team they are.’

He finished by saying ‘This is the girls’ third consecutive league title, as well as other trophies.  They are a very special group and the future looks very bright, who knows what they can achieve if the stay together!’

Match Statistics

Position Player Saves Lost Ball Shots Off Target Shots On Target*
Keeper Katie 5 N/A N/A N/A
Defender Grace N/A 3 0 0
Defender Lauren N/A 2 0 0
Midfield Denva N/A 3 0 2
Midfield Amber N/A 2 0 0
Forward Alexia N/A 2 5 5
Forward Kimberly N/A 1 0 1
Substitute Chloe H N/A 3 0 0
Substitute Lucy-Liu N/A 2 1 0
Substitute Ruby N/A 2 2 0
Substitute Tegan N/A 1 0 0

*Does not include goals scored.

Corners Won – 3

Corners Conceded – 4


Respect Award – Alexia – the coaches have asked a lot of Alexia over the last few games, trying to get her to work in different areas of the pitch.  She has done this with no complaints and given 100% in every game, fantastic attitude.

Team Award – Lauren – has been one of the most consistent players of the season.  She has become a brilliant defender, even though she is one year younger than most of her team mates, never gives up and a pleasure to coach, top talent!

Man Of The Match – Kimberly – with Chloe J’s injury we needed someone to step up and become that second striker.  We tried 3 different players today and Kimberly did brilliantly to grab her goal and she nearly scored a second.  She has improved so much over the last month, and we can only wonder where she would be if she hadn’t been injured at the start of the season!

U13s 7 A Side League Table 2015-2016