joint 5th out of 32 teams in the Derby County Ladies Football Club Festival for Girls.
The Year 5/6 Girls' football team matched the achievement of their younger counterparts a week earlier, as they finished joint 5th out of 32 teams in the Derby County Ladies Football Club Festival for Girls. The tournament was held at the Derby Powerleague, near Pride Park.
Chaucer had a tricky opening match against Mundy. A physical Mundy took the lead from close range after the keeper, Madison "Mad Madi" White, tipped a cross towards the back post, where an unmarked attacker had an open goal. After that, Chaucer tightened up and had a couple of decent chances to equalise but Emma East's efforts found their goalkeeper. It finished 1-0 to Mundy. [Girl of the Match = Emily Pickering].
Chaucer bouned back strongly, claiming a confidence-building 4-0 victory over Allenton. Emily "Emilio" Pickering scored a hat-trick from midfield, while the team captain, Emma "Easty" East, led the attack well and also got on the score-sheet. [Girl of the Match = Emma East].
Aston on Trent "A" were chaucer's next victims. Getting more familiar with how to use the surrounding boards and being prepared to match any phyical play from their opponents, Chaucer produced another excellent performance. Pickering and East added 2 more goals each to their individual tallies while Katie "Skill" Mill added a brace and Aaliyah "Doctor" Proctor opened her account after being moved up from defense to be an auxiliary forward late in the game. The final score was 7-0. [Girl of the Match = Katie Mill].
The defensive players (Katelyn "Crazy Kate" Hanson, Aaliyah Proctor, "Marvelous" Martyna Kluch and "Madi Madi" White) kept the superb run of clean sheets going against Meadow Farm "B". Iris Castro, dominant in midfield, scored a hat-trick while Mill and East both scored 2 to earn Chaucer another 7-0 win. [Girl of the Match = Iris Castro].
Mundy won all of their games, so they topped the group, but Chaucer finished a solid second place and were able to progress to the last 16.
"Emilio" Pickering scored soon after the kick-off to put Chaucer in control, but an errant clearance by Proctor gave Homefields an easy equaliser mid-way through the match. Fortunately, Homefields were denied further opportunities, mainly due to Kluch's outstanding defensive play in repeatedly tackling, intercepting and clearing the ball away from danger. With Chaucer firmly in control of the match, "Easty" was able to grab a couple more goals to deservedly guide the team throuh to the quarter-finals. [Girl of the Match = Martyna Kluch].
In the last 8, Chaucer met Becket "A". Emma East scored a lovely volley to put Chaucer into an early lead. However, Chaucer failed to capitalise on their superiority and could not extend their advantage despite controlling long periods of the match. With under 2 minutes remaining Becket got an lucky equaliser when a block tackle sent the ball bouncing and spinning gently towards the Chaucer goal... Inexplicably, White missed the ball completely, allowing it to bobble over the goal-line. Further heartbreak was to follow after the restart, as a Becket clearance made its way tamely through towards the Chaucer goalkeeper. Unfortunately, White mishandled the rolling ball and let the ball once again trickle agonisingly into the goal. There was no time left for Chaucer to respond and Becket won the game 2-1 without actually having a shot on our goal! The better team lost. [Girl of the Match = Martyna Kluch].
Despite the deflating manner of the last defeat, the Chaucer team should take pride from what was otherwise a very good showing. Every single member of the team played extremely well for the vast majority of the tournament and I couldn't have asked for any more effort than what was given.
Many thanks to Mr & Mrs Proctor who helped with transport, refreshments, photography and cheerleading!
~ Mr Woodcock
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