This weekend the U16s were at home to a strong Islington Borough U16s on the 3rd October at Millwall Park. Truly a game of two halves, the first half of the match saw the Laces produce some of the best football this season so far with two exceptional goals, but after a reshuffle of the formation in the second half and some tough moments to manage, the final score ended 11-2 to Islington Borough.
The game saw Eli, a promising new addition to the team, make her debut for the Laces. In the absence of a goalkeeper, four of the Laces rotated roles in goal once again and despite some fantastic saves they could not stop two well taken shots from Islington going into the back of the net. With Beattie taking on a new role as left back to develop her skills running with the ball and using her other foot, the flanks were on fire in the game with much of the action happening on both the left and right wings. Ella and Anouk teamed up on the right and Ella’s impressive strength and skill on the ball was clear again in this match. Great communication from the back line up to the wings and midfield produced some beautiful combination play all over the pitch. Beattie’s hard work was rewarded when some great play out from the back found Julia on the wing, who lobbed the keeper beautifully from 25 yards for her second goal in two games! Islington got their third goal, but just before the break, Max reduced the deficit to make it 3-2 to Islington with a stunning 30 yard strike into the top corner of the net.
The second half started well but Islington were strong on and off the ball and dominated possession from the Laces. Hannah defensive heroics in the first half – which included putting her body on the line to block a strike from the edge of the area – meant she had picked up a knock and needed treatment. Emily and Nell took control of the defensive line with Maxine dropping back to block and clear out of the Laces half. A handball in the area gave Islington a chance to extend their lead from the spot, but Maxine, trained as a goalkeeper, produced a fantastic save to not only keep the ball out the net but hold on to it. Islington got a goal back minutes later with a Maxine-inspired lob from distance, and pushed harder and harder to extend their lead. Anouk, Eli, Emily, Nell and Millie, all protecting the Limehouse goal, did everything they could and left it all out on the field. Manni’s close ball control on the half way line, dragging the ball back and across defenders with ease, and Millie’s positional awareness screening the through balls showed real potential across the Limehouse squad. Despite the result, Limehouse showed their strength of character and humility. Their performance in the first half and the quality of the two goals they scored were worthy of the three points. There will be tougher challenges to face, and learning from defeat will undoubtedly make the team stronger over time.
A real example of the Limehouse Laces spirit, Girl of the Game goes to the U16s captain Hannah! Proud of their achievements and ethic, the U16s returned to training on Monday with the U14s who all look up to the older girls and showed how great an example they are to all girls who play sport. The next game is away to Old Actionians.
EDIT: Arianna returned her bib at training on Monday. In case anyone was worried after last week.
The fantastic U16s topped off a great week of defensive training with a convincing 3-2 victory over a strong Belles side at Mabley Green on the 26th September. Nelly took on a new role as a deeper lying central midfielder and produced a standout performance regaining possession from the Belles attack and sweeping the ball confidently up to the target players in the Limehouse attacking line. One of these target players was Julia, Limehouse’s agile left winger, who was also tested in a new position on the field as a striker up top. Julia’s work as the striker paid off with a fantastically taken goal. Latching onto a through ball from the wings and calmly taking it past the centre back, Julia fired the ball into the back of the net with accuracy and power. 1-0 to the Laces and an eruption of celebration from the sidelines as Julia rightly claimed her first goal of the campaign. Manni, a talented outfield player who heroically took charge of the goalie gloves for the team in the first half in the absence of a regular goalkeeper, produced some fine saves to keep the ball out of the Limehouse net and keep it at 1-0. When she took her goalie gloves off for the second half she had an immediate impact on the field, scoring Limehouse’s second goal shortly after the break. U16s captain Hannah showed her leadership quality once again, producing another solid defensive display with Emily at the back, who muscled the Belles attackers off the ball and deny then opportunities to shoot. In a game of outstanding performances all round, Anouk showed just how much she has developed as a player by calming and quickly distributing the ball up to the target players with precision. Two players made their debuts for the Laces – Millie and Arianna – and it was a pleasure to get them on the field. Millie, who sat in the central midfield while Nelly took over in goal for part of the second half and played fantastically in an unfamiliar role, preventing the attackers once again getting into the Limehouse box. Arianna played excellently at left back showing her athleticism and energy throughout her debut. The Belles got a goal back to make it 2-1 after a quick counter, but a great bit of play down the right by Beattie, who after beating two players for speed and skill, cut the ball back to Manni who completed her brace with a firm first time finish. A dubious penalty late in the game got a goal back for a hardworking Belles side but it was another great team performance from Limehouse that earned them the 3 points.
Girl of the Game was a wipeout – Ella – the Club’s skillful right winger – who showed strength, speed and determination to keep battling both in attack and defence showed her impressive quality as a fine midfielder and an invaluable asset to the team. The team’s all round performance, humility and their reputation for upholding the values of the club made the win worth it even more.
With every game the girls get stronger both on and off the field and winning was a fantastic end to a great week for the girls. Well done to Ella for girl of the game, Julia for her first goal of the season and Manni for her performance in goal and the brace! Next week the girls are home to Islington Borough. PS Arianna loved the game so much she accidentally took her bib home.
Today’s opposition, Barnet, was formed of players that had played together for 3 years, whereas many for Limehouse had barely shared 3 games. However, the spirit that the girls possess would fool some. Missing a few players meant that we only had 7 and this would affect the game very early on in the game. Limehouse started well with Oyin in goal, Alice and Morgan at the back, Gabi, Kira and Faith in midfield and Sophie up front. The pitch was much smaller than last week which meant that the girls had less running to do, but Gabi’s trademark dribbles down the wing saw her get past one player but face another soon after due to the congestion. Alice and Morgan looked solid, throwing their bodies in the way to protect Oyin’s goal. A very unfortunate incident left Oyin with a bad injury, which left us without an excellent member of the team and the girls somewhat shaken up.
In Oyin’s absence, Faith stepped up to put on the goalkeeper gloves and the opposition kindly offered to reduce the number of players on their team so that the game was 6v6. When the game settled, the teams looked evenly matched. A neat volley from Kira nipping in at the back went narrowly wide and their goalkeeper saved well from Gabi’s low drive, which had been made possible by Sophie’s dummy run to create the space. The opposition’s goals seemed to be against the run of play and Limehouse kept their chins up after every goal conceded. The second half saw Morgan swap to go in goal and Faith retake midfield. As the girls were 3 down, we risked having Kira in a hybrid position between defence and midfield. She didn’t stop running all game and was brilliant at stopping their attackers and also getting up to support the midfielders. Gabi whipped a corner in and Sophie was unlucky to have her shot ricochet off of their defender. The girls had Morgan to thank for some great saves, working well with Alice who had yet another solid defensive performance. Faith enjoyed being out of goal and battled hard to win her tackles. On the counter attack, Barnet curled one into the far post for their fourth. Thankfully, the girls did not give up and they continued to fight hard against a team who were a little more physical than they were used to.
Once again, Limehouse entertained and made everybody proud. They were unlucky to lose 4-0 and will be looking to get back to scoring ways the following weekend. Well done Morgan for being voted girl of the game, playing with maturity and encouraging her teammates intelligently. Her attitude was exemplary today and the girls recognised this in their voting. We would all like to wish Oyin the best with her recovery and fully expect her to bounce back stronger than ever!
Final Score: 3-1
Girl of the Game: Bianca
Players: Eleanor, Eve, Marina, Amanda, Georgia, Bianca, T.
Today the U14s played 7v7 away against Westway. Both teams battled tirelessly in the first half, with the game being incredibly even and the Limehouse defence, made up of Eve, Marina and Georgia, giving a solid display. Eleanor made some outstanding saves however, just before half time we conceded an unlucky goal through a poor clearance.
The second half started as evenly as the first had ended and Limehouse, with both sides coming close to goal. The defence was altered to just Eve and Marina, who both made some excellent tackles, and did not panic under pressure, winning the ball and feeding it upfield to the attackers.
About half way through the second half T, who had been battling constantly in midfield, was forced to switch with Eleanor in goal, after receiving a bad knock on her foot, and made some incredible saves during the rest of the game.
The midfield consequently consisted of Bianca, Georgia and Eleanor who, linking up with Amanda upfront, stretched the opposition and created a lot of space and chances for themselves, being unlucky not to successfully convert any. In the last 5 minutes, being 3-0 down, Bianca had the ball bounce in front of her on the half way line and hit it perfectly, with it flying into the top corner.
Despite the scoreline, the girls put up an incredible fight against a team who had 6 substitutes, and were constantly bringing on fresh legs. Everyone put in 110%, and should all be incredibly proud of their performance.
Onwards and upwards!!