Girls Academy: Round-Up
A weekend of action for the Girls Academy...
It was another busy weekend of action for the Girls Academy this weekend (November 11 & 12), as the Hornets continued their impressive progress.
The Under-9 Academy side played a friendly match away to local neighbours Garston Ladies. In an enjoyable match which was played in fantastic spirit by both teams, on Remembrance Sunday, Watford were victorious on this occasion, scoring seven goals without reply. Goals from Amy (2), Olivia (2), Amber, Maya and Chase.
Faced Barnet and then Islington in another tri-fixture. First against Barnet, Watford dominated proceedings early on and raced into an immediate lead thanks to a first league goal for Poppy. With the opening goal scored Watford seemed to grow in confidence and put on a devastating performance with further goals from Lexe, Olivia, Ugomma, Daisy and a second for Poppy completing a convincing win.
Next up were Islington, who began the game powerfully and were able to take an early lead. The Watford Girls didn’t let their heads drop however, and were able to take the lead themselves thanks to two well taken goals by Daisy. In an extremely tight affair, both sides battled well but couldn’t create any clear cut chances, making it a very nervous finale. With only three minutes remaining Ugomma brilliantly kept her balance after a challenge, to see her shot saved, but Sophie was first to react to score and ease the nerves. Seconds later Poppy turned her defender brilliantly, but was then brought down for a penalty. Sophie confidently stepped up to power home to make the final score 4-1 to Watford.
With their Cup match being postponed, the team also played an away friendly against local neighbours, Watford Ladies Youth Hornets. Having faced each other recently in the League, both teams were looking forward to the match. It was the home team who took the early advantages, with the match being played in four quarters Watford Youth were enjoying the lion’s share of the opportunities and pressurising the Academy team. With only the final quarter to play, the home team were 4-2 ahead, but the Academy girls fought back to eventually win 5-4. Goals from Shakira Kafero-Roberts (4) and Charlotte Forster ensured victory.
The Under 16’s were in Capital Girls League Cup action away to Westway. The match was end to end from the start to finish. Westway were making the most of the extra player and pressing Watford to prevent the passing play that the Academy side are developing. It was a good tough & physical match for both teams after excellently observing a moment of silence before the match on Remembrance Sunday.
Having gone in at half-time 2-1 down, despite a Danielle Ransom strike, Watford came back fighting again. Ellie Wilkerson hit a 50-yard volley which lobbed the Westway goalkeeper and took the match straight to Penalties after the final whistle.
Goalkeeper Harriet Bender pulled off two incredible penalty saves, but it wasn’t enough as the girls lost the shootout 4-3.
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 our squad. Requests for trials should be made by sending an email to email@example.com.