Girls Academy: Round-Up
All the action from last weekend...
The Watford FC Girls Academy continues to enjoy life with more positive results and performances over the weekend of October 7.
Under-9s & Under-10s
The Watford FC Girls Academy hosted two matches for the Capital Girls League at Harefield Academy. The Under-9s faced Ickenham in their third league game of the season. In tricky conditions the Golden Girls displayed great attacking flair and raced into a 3-0 lead by half time thanks to a hattrick from Amber. In the second half, Maya and Amy added to score line before visitors were able to score a fantastic consolation goal to make the final score 5-1 to Watford Under-9s.
On Sunday, both the Watford FC Girls Academy Under-9s and Under-10s took part in a three team tournament at the Hive. In the Under-10’s first game, they played against Brent Girls. Two goals from Ugomma and a powerful finish from Daisy were enough to secure a comfortable 3-1 win. Next the Under-9s faced Brent. They battled well and showed great determination to not let their heads drop after conceding a late goal, and were rewarded with a last second equaliser by team Captain Charlotte. In the final game, the Under-9s and Under-10s faced each other. In a close and competitive game, neither side was able to score a goal, the final score was 0-0. Both teams had the pleasure of walking out with the London Bees team against Tottenham Ladies. At half-time all the girls were allowed on the pitch to take part in a penalty shootout and the Under-10s were presented with their medals in front of the supportive fans of both teams.
Faced Whetstone Wanderers for the first time, on a rainy Saturday morning at Harefield. The match kicked off and Watford took the lead in the 5th minute. Shakira Kafero-Roberts picked the ball up in the middle, and made a great run, beating two players to score. Sarah McDermott extended the lead with a great volley. With Watford using the rotational system for positions, Goalkeeper Tia Ginn turned Striker, and put the Academy side 3-0 up. The Best goal of the day came when Bonnie-May Mander started a flowing move all the way from the back. A great through ball was played to Sarah, who took it on and calmly finished a great passing move to make it 4-0. Olivia Brock then had a long range looping shot which the keeper couldn’t hold, to make it five. Tia got her second of the match when she unleashed an unstoppable shot in off the crossbar. It was Sarah to turn scorer again just before half time, pouncing onto a cross from a corner.
Tia replaced Bonnie in goal for the second-half, and Watford were soon on the attack again. Shakira continued her fine form of late, scoring two goals in two minutes. Eva Brown soon added to the tally with two more goals herself. Shakira then added another two to make it five in this game for the young striker. It wasn’t all plain sailing though, as Whetstone had worked hard and never stopped. They created some really good chances and forced Tia into making two great saves. The biggest cheers of the day were then reserved for Bonnie. If two goals for one Keeper wasn’t enough, Bonnie was on hand to grab a brace of her own late on, and all her team mates celebrated with her and applause from the parents to see a great team display all round.
It was also nice to see the girls give coach Leon Howard a guard of honour as a matter of thanks and respect for all the work he has put in, as he moves to the midlands.
The Under-14s played a home friendly against Billericay Girls Under-15s, in their first eleven-a-side match of the season. In a very entertaining match, it was Watford who took the lead midway through the first-half. Catherine Reeved intercepted a throw-in and drove forwards before passing the ball through to Tia Wilson. Tia then went on to calmly score under pressure from the defence and goalkeeper. Billericay then equalised on the stroke of half-time. An excellent corner was met at the far post and the score at the interval was one-all.
Again there were waves of pressure from both teams and both sets of goalkeepers were kept busy. Billericay then took the lead with a quick counter attack. This would not stop Watford’s resolve though. Some excellent chances were created and Kayra Karakus was unlucky not to equalise with a left –footed strike coming off the post and out to safety.
The match finished 2-1 to the visitors, but the Under-14’s Coach, Sarah Lewis, was very proud of her team for the way they played and matched Billericay during the 80 minutes. Both physically and with their quick play and passing on a full sized pitch, there were a lot of positives for the girls to take from the fixture.
The Watford FC Girls Academy train at Harefield Academy. They are the only official link to Watford FC Ladies, and are seeking talented and committed Under-16 girls to join. Requests for trials should be made by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.