Saturday 9 April 2016

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

York Railway Institute U13s 2 – Copmanthorpe U13s 0

Goalscorers – Alexia, Amber

Match Report

As with the quarter-final the opposition turned up with only 6 players, much to the disappointment of Coach Chris, especially as York had a full squad.  The squad was split into 2 teams, with the starting side being Katie in goal, Kimberly partnered Chloe H in defence, Chloe J and Amber started in midfield and Alexia went up front.  The second group had Lauren and Grace in defence, Denva and Lucy in midfield and Tegan as attacker.

Within 2 minutes York RI had taken the lead.  A long pass out of defence from Chloe H found Alexia clean through with only the keeper to beat.  She raced through at pace before rounding the goalkeeper and firing into an empty net.  This was the 700th goal scored by the York RI players since Coach Chris took over, and the odds would have been very low on Alexia getting it!

York continued to press and Amber was played clean through by Alexia but the Copmanthorpe keeper made a good save down low to her left.  A minute later Amber was through one on one but again the Copmanthorpe keeper made a good save.

Copmanthorpe were pressing York very quickly and York were struggling to get their passing game going, York were constantly giving the ball away.  On 10 minutes Copmanthorpe had a couple of corners but Kimberly dealt with them well.  Next it was Chloe H’s turn to make a superb saving tackle to stop the Copmanthorpe forward.

On 12 minutes York swapped all their outfield players but continued to struggle.  Good defending from Grace and Lauren kept the visitors at bay.  A good low save from Katie on 15 minutes kept out the visitors.  Copmanthorpe were beginning to dominate the game without really creating any chances.  Some great tackling from Lucy and Denva in midfield stopped Copmanthorpe time and time again.

On 20 minutes a great through ball from Lauren put Lucy in the clear.  She chased the ball down but instead of taking a touch to control the ball she hit it first time and it went wide of the near post.  Just before the interval, Denva rode two tackles and looked to have made a great chance for the ever willing Tegan, but a last gasp tackle saw the chance go away.

Half Time: York Railway Institute U13s 1 – Copmanthorpe U13s 0

Changes were made at half time to try to get York back on the front foot, with the starting line up coming back on to the field.  Within a minute a great cross field ball from Chloe J saw Alexia run through on goal but again a last gasp tackle from the defender was enough to make her miss.

From a York corner Alexia fired just over with a clever flick at the near post and Chloe J went close a minute later with a long-range shot.  Copmanthorpe were still dominating the ball and working tirelessly but couldn’t break down the stubborn York defence.

After 30 minutes a quick break from Copmanthorpe saw them with a 3 on 1 advantage but a great last ditched tackle from Kimberly cleared the danger.

On 37 minutes Chloe H, Chloe J and Kimberly were replaced by Denva, Lauren and Grace.  Almost immediately a great through ball from Grace saw Alexia with a shot just over.  The game was very even with neither side able to take charge.

On 43 minutes York finally got their second.  Great work from Denva fed Alexia down the York right.  Her cross was part controlled by Amber and it looked like the chance had gone.  Quick as a flash Amber, with her back to goal, swivelled 180 degrees and fired the ball low into the back of the net.  Great finish and didn’t York need it.

Amber was substituted by Lucy with 10 minutes to go.

With 5 minutes to go Copmanthorpe won a corner and in desperation to get a goal they sent up their goalkeeper.  Grace won the ball at the near post and with a quality pass found Alexia just on the half way line.  She took one touch and shot immediately but the ball sailed agonisingly past the Copmanthorpe post with no one at home!

Last change was Tegan coming on for the impressive Alexia with 3 minutes to go.

Final Score: York Railway Institute U13s 2 – Copmanthorpe U13s 0

In conversation after the game Coach Chris said ‘It is disappointing that we can only play 6v6 in a cup semi final, and our girls really struggled today.  Take nothing away from Copmanthorpe, they fought for every ball today and at times were the better side.  But having trained and played 7v7 all season, the last two games have been difficult for the girls to adapt to.’

He continued ‘We mixed up the starting line up with Lauren and Denva starting in the second team, so to speak, and after Alexia’s goal in the 2nd minute I thought we were going to be OK, but we never went on from there.  The last two games have highlighted some things we need to work on and we have two leagues games before the cup final to rectify this.  We also have 11 players who want to start in the cup final, so it’s up to the players to show the coaches they deserve to start.  No one is pencilled in for the starting line up, there are 7 places available, it really is down to the players.’

Match Statistics

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

*Does not include goals scored.

Corners Won – 7

Corners Conceded – 5


Respect Award – Tegan – she won this award today because Coach Chris made a mistake about how much time was left and only gave her a couple of minutes at the end, but she didn’t complain and had a huge smile on her face, other players could learn a lot from her attitude.

Team Award – Grace – great defending performance today and her throw ins are now becoming a real weapon.  The more she plays the more her confidence returns and she gets back to being the good player she is.

Man Of The Match – Alexia – Before the game Coach Chris had a chat with Alexia and said he wanted her to work more back to front on the pitch, as well as from side to side.  She covered a lot more ground today and chased the ball more than in previous weeks, a massive improvement from a quality player.