U15's Grind Out a Win
By Lee Lawrence
A deflected shot in the last few minutes gives the U15's 3 points.
The girls were feeling confident after their big win the previous weekend as Tameside kicked off the fixture versus rivals Pumas. The starting lineup consisted of Lucy in goal, defenders Savannah, Amber, Ellie and the captain, Kira. Midfield comprised Chanelle and Georgia in the middle with Martha and Xara on the flanks and Sophie in behind Holly C up front.
Tameside took the early initiative with good through balls from midfield releasing Martha and Holly C from Sophie and Georgia. It took a while for Pumas to come into the game and when they did midfielders Xara and Chanelle helped out the defence with good covering and battling. A Pumas break resulted in a shot going wide as they broke through a high line defence but this was really only a minor blip as Tameside controlled the early part of the game.
At this point Abbie replaced Ellie and Holly Mc replaced Xara. The Pumas got another free kick which Lucy saved well, pushing over the bar, showing good concentration as she really hadn’t had much to do at this point. The game seemed to become more even now though Tameside were still passing the ball whilst trying to break through a tough and resilient opposition defence.
The game was still 0-0 when Ella replaced Martha and Xara came back on for Georgia. A great ball from Sophie released Ella down the right and she shot well but just wide. The last effort for the half saw Pumas hit the side netting.
A good first half performance from the girls who were unlucky not to be a goal up though the crowd were a little anxious that we hadn’t scored yet and Ashton Pumas had grown into the game as the half wore on. The Tameside defence seemed solid though with Kira, Ellie, Abbie, Savannah and Amber not easy to break down.
The second half began with a change of formation up front. The strike force was now Martha and Georgia in behind. Once again Tameside took control of the game with an early cross just evading the onrushing Martha. We didn’t know it at the time but this was to be a recurring theme throughout the remainder of the game. A physical presence upfront, Martha went shoulder to shoulder with a defender almost breaking through on goal. A good pass from Holly Mc put Xara through who shot wide. Another good cross from Ella again evaded everybody. Georgia then went through and had a shot well saved. A series of corners consolidated Tameside’s grip on the game though still no breakthrough. The only thing Tameside had to worry about defensively was if Pumas managed a break away would the defence have switched off?
The opposition did then break away but good backtracking saw Ella clear the ball out of play. More Tameside pressure and Sophie unleashed a drive which resulted in a corner off the keeper. Frustrated again the ball went to the keeper from the corner. Sophie again shot wide after more pressure and another corner saw Chanelle bravely head wide. It was relentless stuff by this point.
Pumas did then manage a shot from the edge of the box which was well saved by Lucy. Another corner and a header from Georgia went just wide. Everybody was thinking nil – nil by this point as the game was surely drawing to a close.
It was at this point the match was decided as Georgia’s cross/shot (only she can say which) a ball which was inadvertently sliced in by a Pumas defender – the poor lass.
Another good chance appeared but the ball would not cooperate with either Holly C, who had come back on for Martha, or Georgia. A final chance for Tameside came from Sophie who broke through the middle with a driving run showing strength and desire so late in the game but shot into the side netting. The game was nearing its end as Pumas received a late free-kick which was well cleared by Kira. The game was over and a second half pretty much dominated by Tameside United culminated in a one-nil victory by a Georgia deflected cross/shot which could have been more on another day. Well done girls. A hard fought but well deserved victory.
Ref PoM - Georgia
Manager PoM - Chanelle
Report by Stuart