Match Report
Roedean School Girls-U16C vs  Christ's Hospital Girls-U18D
On: Saturday, 25 Nov 2023
Venue: Away

This match was always going to be a touch one, and it did prove to be a closely fought match. Christ’s Hospital are a physical side, they will run at you the moment you have the ball and put the pressure on you and force the error. They fought for every ball, whereas we are a little bit more reticent to go for it. However, we worked hard, especially in defence, going towards the ball when they were attacking and not giving them the space to get a shot off. They did sneak one through though in the early stages of the game. We drifted off our players and they had a chance, unmarked, to go for goal, they scored (first 5 mins of the game). We are the mighty C team though, we don’t give up that easily. Ellen, Becca, Eloise and Haewon were like a brick wall; Christ’s hospital were dominating and often close to/in our D, but they kept tackling and getting the ball away. Midfield had the difficult job of trying to get the ball through their very effective defence; Bella, Maja and Cheyenne. We were turning the ball over but struggling to get it up the pitch quickly enough. We needed to pass quickly against a team like this. Centre forwards; Aarushi, Millie and Kelly had some breakaway moments and we did get the ball in their D a few times but didn’t manage to convert… UNTIL…the last 3 minutes of the game. It’s always a nailbiter. Kelly intercepts their hit-out, passes the ball to Aarushi, Aarushi does a lovely straight pass into the D to Millie who controls it beautifully, shoots, scores!! We all go wild, we feel like we’ve won. 1-1 now, just got to hold them for 3 minutes. They keep the ball in our D, we just need to pressure them. Whistle goes, phewee, saved by the bell. Michelle in goal, life-saver as always, stopped it being 5-0, thank you Michelle! Well done to the team, some girls were playing for the first time – Cheyenne, Haewon and Maja. Loved that they just went for it, all you need it a bit of fire in your soul and the confidence to have a go.

Coache’s player: Ellen – for lovely defensive play and just going for it!

Highlight of the match: Millie scoring a cracking goal, 1v1 with the goalkeeper from quite far out in the D.