Runners up at Oxford Tournament
By Jason Savage
Aylesbury show great team spirit to come runners up in first of the summer tournaments
Aylesbury United U14 girls kicked off their summer tournament series at Oxford City Ladies FC and finishing runners up against some very good teams. Each one of the girls impressed and represented the club in the best possible way by trying something new, showing great team work and with individual battles being won in all parts of the pitch this was a tournament that showed just what the girls can achieve. A great mixture of skill and aggression saw the girls progress to the final where they played the only team to beat them in the group stages.
The first game saw Aylesbury play a very impressive Laurel Park who wore the girls down to take the game 2-0.
The next game Aylesbury played the hosts Oxford City and dominated the game to win 3-0. The highlights of the game when Sophie HENLEY, Katie NORMAN and Heather SAVAGE combined for Heather to neatly slot home for her first of 2 in the game. Iona LAWSON scored the other goal in a game that brought the confidence back to the girls.
The third group game served up a not so easy tie against a very good Cumnor Minors U13’s team who had a couple of excellent players that posed a continual threat to the Aylesbury goal. However, Aylesbury won with a couple of goals from Sophie HENLEY and Iona LAWSON.
In the final group game, Aylesbury took an early lead against Hinksey Park through Iona LAWSON from a ridiculously tight angled cross from Katie O’Keeffe. However, the lead was given away against the run of play and the game finished 1-1.
Aylesbury then played Oxford City Ladies in an entertaining game which Aylesbury came back from a goal down through a brilliant Katie NORMAN goal, to take the game to penalties. Never shirking the responsibility Madeline Smith steps up to take the first penalty sending the ball just wide of the post. However, she then saved twice meaning that with Katie O’Keeffe, Iona LAWSON and Sophie HENLEY scoring they headed into the final winning 4-3 after penalties.
The final was against a very strong Laurel Park being too good on the day and with no obvious weaknesses they beat Aylesbury 4-0. That was a tough game, but Aylesbury to their credit won some key battles and kept the score to 4-0.
A great afternoon for the team, entertaining for the parents and it was really good to get back to winning ways against some very strong teams. Here’s looking forward to the next tournament at Aylesbury on Saturday 15th June.