(Away) Limehouse Vs Islington: Under 12s

19th September


Last week, the girls were deadly in front of goal, scoring 5 in total. Making their debuts were Laila and Kira, who helped us to have 9 players, which was greatly appreciated on such a hot day. Not only was it hot, the pitch was very large and the girls weren’t really used to it. Islington hosted the girls and at first, it looked like Limehouse would dominate the game. Very early on, the girls were almost camped in Islington’s box with only the goalkeeper to beat. Sophie, Gabi and Sigourney challenged their defenders, making great dribbles and linking well. Somehow, the opposition managed to score a few without reply. This was despite Morgan and Alice making countless tackles, working together well to clear the danger. Shots were either a whisker wide or the keeper was lucky to be in the right place at the right time.

Similar to last week’s game, Sigourney and Gabi were unstoppable when on their attacking dribbles. The girls found it hard though as Islington sat a sea of red shirts in their box whenever Limehouse attacked and so many shots that were saved fell straight to one of their players.  They were persistent, though, and the girls managed to score 3 in total, with 2 going to Gabi and Oyin, who started in goal, hitting her first of the season to everybody’s joy. Oyin enjoyed playing in every position and was effective in and out of goal. Faith once again offered to be our keeper when Oyin got injured and showed how brave she is, blocking almost every one on one. Alice was intelligent in defence, making sure that their attackers were not free to sneak in at back post. Laila, on her debut, showed us her ability to win tackles and find a teammate when clearing. Whilst their team managed to score 6, the girls kept their heads up and made Limehouse Laces proud. Kira, also on her debut, helped out in midfield and then did well to stop their skilful forwards in a very composed performance.

The great thing about grassroots football is that playing is less about a league table and every bit about trying new things, including positions. When asked to play elsewhere, the players had a great attitude and adapted very quickly to their new responsibilities. Sophie and Laila played in both attacking and defensive positions, protecting our goalkeeper at one end and making life difficult for the opposition’s at the other. Oyin went one step further from being the goalkeeper and stopping goals to scoring them when up front.

In an entertaining match, the score ended 6-3 to Islington, with Limehouse improving all the time. At the end, there were smiles all round and the girls decided that Gabi’s brilliant display was worthy of Girl of The Game. Well done everybody!