Saturday 12 March 2016

Cup Quarter Final – City of York Girls U13s Cup (7-a-side) 2015-2016

York Railway Institute U13s 2 – Bishopthorpe White Rose U13s 0

Goalscorers – Alexia, Denva

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Match Report

The game didn’t start as everyone had imagined.  Firstly, Bishopthorpe had a player turn up who was unwell and unable to play, then one of their players went to the wrong venue, so at kick off time they only had 5 players.  After a conversation between the two managers the kick off was delayed and they both agreed to play 6v6.

With York RI having a full squad for the first time this season, this meant 5 substitutes for the game.  Coach Chris decided to split the team into two squads, and for both to have equal time in the game.  Katie was in goal for both: Team 1 was Lauren and Chloe H in defence, Denva and Chloe J in midfield with Alexia as the lone attacker; Team 2 was Grace and Kim in defence, Amber and Lucy in midfield and Tegan up front.

Team 1 started and straight from the kick off York RI nearly scored.  Good work between the whole team saw Denva feed Chloe J, who shot over from close range.

On 4 minutes York RI took the lead.  A quick long throw in from Denva was half cleared by the Bishopthorpe defence.  Denva won the ball back and found Alexia just inside the penalty area, who rode one tackle before hammering the ball low into the back of the net.  A minute later another long throw found Alexia but her first time volley just went wide.

York were starting to dominate the game now and Chloe J saw her long-range shot pushed over by the keeper.  A minute later she saw another long-range shot tipped over the bar by the keeper, two great efforts.

On 12 minute York RI got their second.  Good work between Lauren and Chloe H saw Alexia beat the defender with ease.  Her initial cross was cleared, but she quickly won the ball back and fed Denva on the edge of the penalty area.  She took one touch and fired a low shot to the bottom left of the goal.  That’s 7 in 7 for the York RI captain, great returns from a midfield player.  That was also goal 699 of Coach Chris’s time with York RI.

Straight after the goal York RI swapped every outfield player, something Coach Chris has never done before in a match.  Straight away good work down the right from Grace saw Amber hammer a long-range shot just passed the left hand post.

Just before half time a corner to York RI created mayhem in the Bishopthorpe penalty area.  First Lucy and Tegan had close range shots that hit the Bishopthorpe defenders, then a shot from Kimberly was saved by the goalkeeper, before Amber fired the rebound right across the goal.

Half Time: York Railway Institute U13s 2 – Bishopthorpe White Rose U13s 0

Coach Chris left the team the same at the start of the second half but Bishopthorpe nearly caught them napping.  A poor clearance from Amber was seized upon by the Bishopthorpe forward and her cross shot flew across the York RI goal.

Katie made her first real save when a long throw was cleared up in the air by Amber and the Bishopthorpe attacker hit a lovely volley low to Katie’s right.  The York RI keeper got down well to save.

On 35 minutes again every outfield player was swapped.  But Bishopthorpe were on top for the first time in the match and on 36 minutes they should have scored.  Lauren was caught in possession and the Bishopthorpe forward struck a brilliant first time shot that Katie did well to hold.

York RI started to find their feet and Chloe J nearly scored when she fired over from close range.  Denva was next to go close when Alexia put her through against the keeper but she just couldn’t squeeze the ball passed the Bishopthorpe goalkeeper.

A flowing move, starting with Lauren in defence saw Chloe J fire a long-range shot just passed the far post.  From a Bishopthorpe corner, York RI cleared the ball to Alexia on halfway who quickly fed Denva.  She beat two players before seeing her shot blocked by the defender, the rebound fell to Alexia but her first time shot was straight at the goalkeeper.

In the last minute of the game Alexia saw her shot bravely saved by the Bishopthorpe goalkeeper.  So Bishopthorpe become the first team to stop York RI scoring in a half of a match this season.

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

After the match Coach Chris said ‘When you have fewer players on the field, in theory, there should be plenty of space, but it is how well you use that space that determines in the end how you will play.  We didn’t do that today.  In fairness to Bishopthorpe they played very well, they didn’t jump into tackles and really should have scored a couple of goals.’

He went on to say ‘We didn’t pass the ball well or quickly enough today.  When a team is working very hard to close you down, you have to move the ball quickly to stop this from happening.  At times today we were just far too slow.  That said we are through to the next round and that’s all that matters in cup games.’

When asked about the players today he said ‘It was great to have everyone available, great to see Grace back after her knee troubles.  It makes it harder for me to pick a team but the competition for starting places is huge and that can only be good for the team going forward.’

Match Statistics

Position Player Saves Lost Ball Shots Off Target Shots On Target*
Keeper Katie 4 1 N/A N/A
Defender Chloe H N/A 2 1 0
Defender Lauren N/A 3 1 0
Midfield Denva N/A 2 0 1
Forward Chloe J N/A 2 6 2
Forward Alexia N/A 1 3 2
Substitute Amber N/A 2 3 1
Substitute Lucy-Liu N/A 1 0 1
Substitute Kimberly N/A 2 0 1
Substitute Tegan N/A 1 0 0
Substitute Grace N/A 1 0 0

*Does not include goals scored.

Corners Won – 7

Corners Conceded – 4


Respect Award – Lauren – she helped do the filming and was constantly encouraging all the players from the sidelines.  She is a great team player and really deserves this award.

Team Award – Kimberly – she is finally getting back to her full fitness and played really well in both defence and midfield.  Still learning the game but gets better each time she plays.  Fantastic and well played Kim.

Man Of The Match – Amber – this young lady is one of the stand out performers of the season, she never stops running, covers every blade of grass, and she chose to play for Team 2 without being asked, brilliant team player.  This is well deserved and she looks more like a complete footballer each week.