Leighton swept aside as U14 girls dominate
By Chris O'Keeffe
A lazy away day for Aylesbury keeper as Leighton are swept aside.
A late Saturday morning kick off might have given the girls a lie-in, but they were rearing to go at the kick off and straight out of the blocks putting pressure on Leighton Corinthians. Aylesbury were a player down with no substitutes, meaning that both sides played 10 a side and with a new formation to cover the missing players, Aylesbury were by far the brighter team. The game was almost entirely played in the Leightons half, with the opposition not even having an attempt on our goal in the first half. Plenty of corners and plenty of efforts on goal from the reorganised midfield, but it was Katie O'KEEFFE
who broke the deadlock when her effort from the side of the penalty box squeezed in near post. A free kick on the edge of the penalty was one of the last bits of action of the first half, when with both Sophie HENLEY
and Iona LAWSON
standing over it, Iona curled one just over the cross-bar. Had that gone in, it would surely have been a contender for goal of the season.
Ten minutes into the second half and Iona LAWSON
scores to make it 2-0, before captain Sophie HENLEY
makes it 3-0 with a brilliant solo effort with a run from deep. Sophie HENLEY
and Katie NORMAN
were both playing interchangeably as defensive midfielders, with Katie O'KEEFFE
just sat behind the striker Iona LAWSON
, and it seemed to be a good combination when Katie NORMAN
scored a much deserved fourth goal for Aylesbury again from a run from deep. This now gave the coach some time to experiment, sending Heather SAVAGE
out of defence and further up the field which she always enjoys. Madeline Smith had a quiet game in goal only being troubled a few times with Aylesbury being so dominant.
Overall a good result and one that was deserved as the girls showed again how strong a unit they can be when they are all on their game. A well deserved Player of the Match for Katie NORMAN
and an easier clean sheet will never be achieved for Madeline Smith and her defence.