Under 18 Girls with a good start to the season
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Penn & Tylers Green FC Under 18 Girls opened their Thames Valley Counties Women's Football League season with a win
David Lawson, a happy Manager
Penn & Tylers Green under 18 Girls opened their Thames Valley Counties Women's Football League season with an extremely creditable win versus Risborough Rangers, in a match that was far more competitive than the final 8-1 score line in favour of the home team suggested. It's for days like this that one volunteers to coach youth football with anticipation for the new season after months of preparation, blue sky, a lush green pitch and new friendly opponents.
The key moments were perhaps early in the second half as Risborough's excellent passing game had seen them gain a foothold in the game and had they capitalised on a couple of chances early in the second half, with the score at 4-1, they may have been able to put the home side under pressure. However, after a combination of brave goalkeeping from stand in keeper Chloe and last ditch defending denied Risborough, Elise's hat trick goal at the hour mark really settled the game and allowed Penn & Tylers Green FC to relax and play their best football.
In the first half Penn had raced into a three-goal lead after a firm shot from Elise from the edge of the box and two great lobs, one from Oreo when she was put through one on one with the keeper and the second from Elise with a very cool finish from well outside the box. Risborough responded well to pull a goal back but Penn & Tylers Green FC steadied their nerves after Emily found some space on the left to dribble through and calmly slot beyond the keeper.
The sixth goal was a brilliant team goal after an end to end team move put Emily free down the left wing and Oreo forced home her hard-low cross. As the midfield or Becca, Tilly and Josie gained control further goals from Elise and Emily put the gloss on the score line. The girl's finishing today was excellent but it is enormous credit to stand in keepers Becca and Chloe and the strong defence of Amber, Fin, Meg and Rhiannon that Risborough's pleasing open play only resulted in one goal.
The girls face a challenging month ahead as University visits will put a strain on squad availability but the result begs well for the season ahead. We still have a couple of places free in the squad if anyone is interested!