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!