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Oadby & Wigston Rovers 1 Oadby Owls 4 12th May 2013 (League)

Not too much detail today as since the final kick-off for this final match of the season had changed so many times I could not attend the match. Still the early start (9 am) seemed to suit the team, if not the spectators, better than the hot weather of the previous weekend. Things did not start well for Owls as a bout of over enthusiastic attacking from the kick-off left Lucy as the only one to stop the Rovers attack. Despite this early setback the team showed great determination, and with Lizzie scoring two goals, Owls were in front by the break.   

HT 1-2

The second half brought two more goals for Owls, scored by Eden and Parris to give the score line a resounding look. However, Owls had to play well for this victory with a fine team performance full of energy, purpose and commitment to beat a team that we had narrowly lost to twice earlier in the season. So congratulations to all the girls, a great way to finish the season. I would also like to thank all the girls for the time and hard work time that you have put into this very long weather effected season. Also a big thanks to all the supporters who have been brave enough to survive, the cold, wind, rain and finally some sun, together with the highs and lows of the season. But with 10 wins, 3 draws, and 6 defeats in the league and two cup semi-finals there has at least been more positives than negatives this year.    

Team: Charlie, Lucy, Takara, Ruby, Sarah, Emily, Eden, Lizzie, Lois, Georgia

Player of the Day: Charlie- An excellent display of goalkeeping

Goals Scorers: Lizzie (2), Eden, Parris

Oadby Owls 2 Oadby & Wigston United 2 - 5th May 2013 (League)

A bright sunny day made playing football a tough ask as the girls looked drained before the start lacking energy today. The early encounters were dominated by United who were allowed too much time to play their neat football. The United wingers looked a constant threat throughout the afternoon, but despite all the neat football, Owls defence stood firm and kept the score level until the award of a rather soft penalty, which was dispatched well by the United player. Owls struggled to get into the game but did create some half chances for Lizzie and Lois, which were thwarted by some strong defending. Only some fine saves from Charlie, combined with last ditch clearances kept the score to 0-1 at half time.    

HT 0-1

With the wind behind them in the second half Owls looked to get back into the game and began to compete more strongly for the ball. Just after half-time Lizzie managed to break free on goal and was very unfortunate to see her left foot shot hit the crossbar with the goalie beaten. However, United looked composed on the break and scored a second following a defensive mix-up. With Owls looking deflated, Sarah took it upon herself to up the tempo and showed the determination and energy that had been lacking throughout Owls performance to win the ball and put the opposition under pressure. Leading by example, she battled hard and beat players on the left to set up attacking play which nearly led to another goal chance. Luckily her enthusiasm spread to the team with Eden and Emily now pushed into midfield, fighting hard to the ball. Pressure started to mount on the United defence, which now did not look so strong and it was not long before Emily was able to run at the opposition and slot home Owls first goal. Following more sustained pressure the second goal came soon after the first, as Owls broke down the left and Eden calmly struck a firm shot through the keeper and into the roof of the net. With the game now opening up both sides strove for an equaliser but neither could manage to find another goal. A fair result in the end, with the team showing great character to recover from being two goals down.

Player of the Day: Eden - strong performance and scored a cracking goal

Goals Scorers: Emily, Eden

Bedworth Eagles1 Oadby Owls 3 - 28th April 2013 (League)

A bight sunny but cold wind for an early start in Bedworth and with the pitch in far better condition having recovered from the poor winter weather everything was set for another lively encounter between two determined teams. Owls had tinkered with their line-up, with Emily dropping into central defence, Lucy pushing into the right of defence and Takara adding energy and bite to the midfield. The changes seemed to suit the team and Owls made a confident start showing plenty of energy and enthusiasm to pressurise the opposition. With Eden and Takara battling for every ball, Owls were able to set Parris and Lizzie free to chase through balls. On one occasion Lizzie brushed her marker aside and her right footed shot hit the bar. Parris acrobatically prodded home with the keeper stranded, yet her excitement was cut short with the goal ruled offside. Owls were not to be denied though and shortly after following more pressure on the defence Lizzie shot home from close range to put Oadby one up. As usual Sarah was a constant threat down the left, showing her skill running at the defence, skipping past markers before delivering crosses which unfortunately evaded the onrushing forwards. Bedworth started to get back into the game with some clearer passing but Owls defence was well marshalled by Emily, who even treated the crowd to three quality headers which helped to keep the Eagles at bay. Lucy and Ruby had their hands full with the tricky wingers but with help from Eden and Takara, Owls restricted the Eagles to long shots and Charlie dealt well with a series of corners.   

HT 0-1

Following the halftime break Bedworth came out quickly looking for an equaliser. Despite their pressure Owls fought hard and created several chances on the break. Sarah again was able to beat her marker with some ease before playing a low cross into the area which dribbled past the keeper and Lizzie’s outstretched leg. Shortly after a foul on Eden gave Emily the chance to double the lead, but her drive drifted past the right post by some distance. It looked as though Owls would rue these misses when the constant Eagles pressure lead to a quality cross and fine finish to equalise. Despite this setback Owls dug deep and refused to buckle. Instead they doubled their efforts and with Ruby defending exceptionally well Eagles were kept out even after a mad scramble in the area. After one well timed interception Ruby played the pass of the day, cross-field to Lizzie whose shot was well saved. With Owls again looking more purposeful the chances started to come again and Lizzie broke free on the right before calmly finishing past the keeper to restore Oadby’s lead. Not long afterwards Parris controlled a through ball from Eden before hitting a strong shot into the bottom left hand corner to seal the win. Toady was another excellent performance by the whole team to win a tough game against a very good team. Everyone played with great energy, purpose and belief. A massive improvement all round and a great game to watch.

Player of the Day: The whole team - an outstanding team performance

Goals Scorers: Lizzie (2), Parris

Oadby Owls 0 Bedworth Gems 0 - 7th April 2013 (League)     

Taking advantage of the change in weather for the better for once, Owls were up against strong opposition again today in Bedworth Gems. Gems started quickly pressurising the Owls defence with their front two looking dangerous. Despite this Owls defence marshaled well by Lucy held firm and the midfield began to win the 50-50 tackles, with Eden again showing great fight and energy. Sarah was a constant threat throughout down the left, and showed her best form of the year to harry the opposition, beating defenders and putting in several quality crosses. Not to be left out Emily started to control the midfield, winning challenges and running at the opposition. Gems still looked dangerous on the break but Takara, Lucy and Ruby coped well to cancel out the pace of the Gems forward line. Owls came closest to scoring when Emily sent a free kick just wide of the right hand post, but despite the pressure and several goalmouth scrambles, the killer touch could not be applied.    

HT 0-0

With confidence flowing throughout the team Owls started the second half with renewed determination and vigor  Emily, Eden, Sarah and Lizzie began to dominate the midfield battle and produced some fantastic interplay creating chances for Lizzie and Parris. Sarah again attacked with pace and determination to open up the defence on the left on several occasions, but Owls could not put the ball in the net. Georgia, Parris and Lizzie pressured the opposition defence well without reward, but Owls again came close to scoring when Eden broke free on the right before sending a cracking shot just wide of the left post. Lizzie showed great pace to reach a shot from Parris that trickled towards the left post, and was very unlucky to hit the post with her shot. Gems still looked dangerous on the break but Charlie patrolled her area well to collect anything that the defence were unable to deal with, as Gems relied more on long balls. With the game opening up Owls were unlucky not to convert their pressure into goals in a second half that they dominated. Everyone played with great energy and purpose which was lacking last from the last match. A massive improvement all round and a great game to watch.

Team: Charlie, Lucy, Takara, Ruby, Sarah, Emily, Eden, Parris, Lizzie, Georgia

Player of the Day: Emily- outstanding midfield performance and unlucky not to score

Goals Scorers: None

Oadby Owls 1 Leicester City Ladies (2010) 3 - 6th April 2013 (League) 

Today the weather finally seemed to have realised that it is supposed to be spring and with the wind dropping, the sun coming out and the ground drier than any time recently, the conditions were fantastic for football. Unfortunately, Owls still looked as though they had not thawed out as they failed to get to grips with the pace and strength of the opposition. The defence was constantly under pressure but held firm until half time with Takara, Lucy, Ruby and Emily battling hard to contain the Ladies attacks. Charlie organised well and put in some great saves to keep the Ladies forwards out. Sarah again showed great fighting spirit and energy down the left to take the attack to Ladies, gaining ground and on one occasion played Lizzie who kept the ball in and finished from a tight angle to give Owls a goal very much against the run of play.   

HT 1-0

The second half followed a similar pattern to the first with Ladies dominating the midfield battle and winning all the Owls through balls. Despite this Oadby looked secure until a series of defensive mix ups enabled Ladies to score three unanswered second half goals. Overall, Ladies were good value for their win showing more determination and physicality throughout.

Team: Charlie, Lucy, Takara, Ruby, Sarah, Emily, Eden, Lizzie, Georgia 

Player of the Day: Charlie- great saves and solid display

Goals Scorers: Lizzie

Leicester Ladies (2010) 3 Oadby Owls 1 - 10th March 2013 (League)

Back to League action on a bitterly cold Mothers day and Oadby were down to only 9 players this week. At least by kick off it had stopped snowing, but passing was tough for both sides until the covering of snow and ice had been trampled into the ground. Despite this both teams tried to make a game of it although the ball spent most of the time rebounding from one side to the other. When Owls managed to get hold of the ball they quickly looked to attack playing through balls for the lively Lizzie to chase.

On two occasions she outpaced the covering defence but unusually her shooting was sadly off target. Leicester Ladies looked good going forward and attacked well down the flanks, keeping Takara and Ruby busy. With Lucy back on top form Owls defence looked strong and well able to cope with everything thrown at them. Unfortunately, the first goal came following a clearance after a corner when the Leicester right back was allowed to collect the ball and let fire a speculative shot which crept past the Oadby keeper. Shortly afterwards Charlie showed great bravery making a fantastic block on the excellent Leicester striker hurting her shoulder in the process.   

HT 1-0

In the second half Owls came out strongly, displaying great fight and belief. After a quite first half Sarah was a constant source of energy and provided the support for Lizzie and creating most of the attacking opportunities. As Owls began to dominant, Ruby and Sarah combined well on the left before playing Lizzie in on goal. Lizzie latched onto the ball and smashed the ball past the Leicester keeper’s left hand into the corner of the net. Georgia chased hard down the right often catching the opposition in possession. For the next 15 min Owls looked full of energy, competing hard and with Eden chasing everything, and Emily coming forward, created several chances looking of the winner.

Unfortunately, Owls began to tire and started to get caught on the break. After several scrambles and last ditch clearances Leicester scored a second following in after a fine initial save from Charlie. Ladies also hit the post shortly afterwards. As Owls chased the equaliser Ladies scored a cracking third following hesitation in the Oadby defence. Overall, Ladies were good value for their win showing more determination throughout, but with no subs today was a tough game, and the nine that played pushed Ladies hard before fading towards the end.

Player of the Day: Sarah- Fantastic display, full of energy, detrmination and inventive attacking play

Goals Scorers: Lizzie

Oadby Owls 1 Bedworth 0 - 3rd March 2013 (League Cup)

Today was a tense affair between two evenly matched teams which produced a great game. Owls started strongly rapidly closing the Eagles down and winning the 50-50 balls in the midfield battle. Oadby made progress on the right flank with Parris chasing hard to latch onto the through balls. Lizzie too got in on the act harrying to opposition defence and her pace caused problems throughout the game. Owls forced a succession of corners and with good delivery from Emily it was a shame that the finishing touch could not be applied. Following one corner the ball fell to Sarah who hit a right foot shot that was well parried by the excellent Eagles keeper. As the game progressed Eagles came back into contention and attacked well down the wings. Luckily, Lucy, Ruby and Takara tracked back with speed and determination to block and clear the dangers. Eagles looked dangerous from the resulting corners but a great team defensive effort ensured that the game remained scoreless at half time.

HT 0-0

In the second half Eagles attacked with renewed vigour, but with Lucy, Takara, Lois (on for Ruby) looking solid and Emily helping out Owls were able to repel the opposition without incident. Anything that did get through was dealt with comfortably by Charlie. Owls’ midfield battled hard with Eden outstanding, competing for every ball and winning most of the challenges. With possession ensured and Eagles pushing forward this left room at the back for Lizzie and Parris to exploit. Lizzie and Parris latched onto intelligent passes from Eden, Emily and Sarah and a goal looked likely despite the best efforts of the Eagles keeper. Eventually the pressure told as on one break Lizzie’s first shot was well blocked but she was able to steer the rebound back past the stranded keeper. Owls looked likely to add to their scored but the keeper continued to deny the Owls forwards with a one handed save from Parris, and further fine blocks from both Lizzie and Parris. In the absence of a second goal the last 20 minutes were tense as Eagles threw everything in search of an equaliser. Fortunately, Owls looked resolute and held firm despite the onslaught. Time and again Lucy, Takara, Lois, Sarah, Eden and Emily blocked and cleared, and when the defence was breached Charlie collected and saved everything showing fantastic handling and good distribution to turn defence into attack. The final whistle brought relief for coaches and parents. Overall this was an outstanding performance by the whole team resilient in defence, strong in midfield and attack.

Team: Charlie, Lucy, Takara, Ruby, Sarah, Emily, Eden, Parris, Lizzie, Georgia, Lois

Player of the Day: Eden, outstanding performance, a tower of strength throughout   

Goals Scorers: Lizzie

Bedworth Gems 1 Oadby Owls 1 - 24th February 2013 (League)

A cold day for this long awaited and much postponed League game. The game was not helped by the playing surface which looked like it had seen the worst of the weather for the whole winter. The pitch, resembling Aintree after the Grand National weekend, made life hard for both teams and all struggled to pass the ball with any precision. Gems started strongly and looked lively going forward however Lucy marshalled the defence well against the physical Gems strikers. Takara and Ruby again continuing her fine run of form coped well with the opposition attacks. Soon Owls started to up their work rate and compete for the ball in midfield with Eden again standing out. Once in possession Owls looked to string some passes together and managed to get some joy on the right side with Parris looking lively. On the left Sarah worked hard but was not able to show any of her usual running game due to the pitch. From one attack the ball reached Lizzie who took a speculative shot from the right which went rather fortunately, straight throw the keeper and into the net. Gems continued to attack and dominant play forcing several corners without really threatening the Owls goal, until a break from the left led to a fine shot which Charlie palmed away. Unfortunately the ball fell straight to a Gems player to tap in from short range.

HT 1-1

In the second half Owls came out with more belief and purpose and although the game opened up as both teams looked for the winning goal went from end-to-end, Owls defence held firm dealing comfortably with all the Gems attacks. With Emily pushed further into midfield and Eden tackling everyone in sight, Owls began to gain the upper hand. After Eden had again robbed the opposition, Emily picked up a loose ball in the middle of the pitch and advanced towards the goal before cracking a shot just wide. Georgia ran hard and tackled strongly in the second half closing the opposition down on the right. Lizzie and Parris looked increasingly lively and both came close to scoring. Lizzie blasted wide when well placed on the left and shortly after hit the post with the keeper beaten. With confidence growing Ruby and Parris combined well down the left which resulted in Parris shooting over the bar as the ball bobbled on the surface. Overall a fair result and a highly competitive match with a much improved second half from Owls.

Player of the Day: Ruby, Tackled strongly, defenced with composure and creayted numerous attackes with some quality passing out of defence

Goals Scorers: Lizzie

AFC Barwell 0 Oadby Owls 9 - 3rd February 2013 (League)

Not many details today as I was not able to get to the game today. Overall Owls played well against an improving Barwell team. Lizzie put in another big performance scoring 6 goals and would have been girl of the day had Lucy not scored the goal of the season so far. The ball was cleared from the Barwell half and dropped in front of Lucy who stepped up and smashed a speculative right foot shot which flew into the top left hand corner of the net. What made the goal so special was that Lucy hit it from well inside her own half. So Lucy keeps up her record of one goal per season and we look forward to seeing whether she can repeat the feat next time.

Player of the Day: Lucy scored an amazing goal and defended well throughout

Goals Scorers: Lizzie (6), Own goal (2) and Lucy (1)

Oadby Owls 1 Harborough Town 0 - 13th January 2013 (League)

An almost full strength Oadby team took on a resolute Harborough team that was well organised and difficult to break down. The early exchanges saw both teams fighting hard for possession in a congested midfield. Owls managed to get some momentum with Eden back to her best fighting for every ball and breaking well down the right on several occasions following neat interchanges with Parris and Lizzie. On many of these forays Eden was able to deliver inviting crosses which either drifted just wide of the Owls forwards, or when the ball was brought under control shots were either well saved, or forwards crowed out by the defence. Sarah put in another energetic performance on the left showing how she was missed the week before, covering well in defence and offering an attacking option. Harborough had plenty of the ball throughout, but Lucy, Takara and Ruby (continuing the fine form she showed last week) dealt well with the attacks. Charlie patrolled her area well and safely collected or cleared the long through balls. Just when the game looked like it would be goalless at half time Georgia, on for Parris, controlled the ball well in the area and was nudged over by a Harborough defender. Emily calmly stepped up and dispatched the spot kick with power into the top right corner of the net giving the Keeper no chance.

HT 1-0

The second half followed a similar path to the first but Harborough seemed to gain confidence providing a nervous time for the supporters. Luckily the defence held solid with able help from Emily and Sarah. Owls were mainly confined to fast breaks and counteracts as longer balls were played to the dangerous Lizzie and Parris. Lizzie using her pace and strength engineered several shooting opportunities which were repeatedly well saved by the excellent Harborough Keeper. Near the end Parris cut through the defence after latching onto a pass from Emily, and advanced rapidly into the area shooting between the Keepers legs. However, much to the supporters’ disappointment the goal was ruled out for offside. Overall, Oadby put in a solid display with good contributions from all the team and a definite improvement from last weeks performance.

Team: Charlie, Lucy, Takara, Ruby, Sarah, Emily, Eden, Parris, Lizzie, Georgia

Player of the Day: Eden an excellent midfield display full of energy and good passing

Goals Scorers: Emily (pen)

Oadby & Wigston United 1 Oadby Owls 2 - 6th January 2013 (League)

Back to League action after an enforced layoff of around 6 weeks due to a mixture of waterlogged pitches and frozen mornings. The lack of football certainly told today as fitness levels looked low and it appears that the girls certainly had enjoyed the Christmas break a little too much. In the first half Owls started well enough closing the opposition down and stringing a few passes together. Despite this chances were in short supply with a little more thought and a better final pass required. As the game progressed Lizzie started to look sharper and Georgia used her strength well to hold the ball up. Eventually, Owls pressure told and when Eden launched a long throw into the box from the left touchline, Georgia deftly nudged the ball into the path of Lizzie who finished securely past the keepers left hand. United battled hard and were dangerous on the break but solid tackling from Takara, Lucy and especially Ruby helped to repel United attacks. Owls nearly scored when a Lucy goal kick was flicked on in midfield by Emily and fell to Lizzie whose snap shot unfortunately sailed just wide of the right hand post. Luckily, Owls second goal arrived shortly after. Ruby neatly collected a loose ball from a corner in a central position and with a measured pass picked out Lizzie in the box where she turned and slotted home to the keepers left.

HT 0-2

If the first half belonged to Owls then the second was definitely dominated by United, who came out and played some high quality football. Owls defence was constantly under pressure, but Charlie rose to the challenge with several claims and clearances of through balls. Lucy, Takara and Emily had to battle hard to suppress the United attacks. Not surprisingly, the pressure eventually told when an attack down the left brought a goal bound shot and with the keeper beaten, Lucy lunged to block the shot but was only able to deflect it into the net. Although Owls did not manage too many attacks in the second half, Lizzie was very unlucky not to get her hat-trick when she latched onto a Parris through ball and smashed her shot onto the bar with the keeper well beaten. Lucy also beat her player on the right touch line and advanced on the United goal but her shot, although on target, lacked the power to beat the keeper. Near the death Owls almost added to their tally when Georgia managed to get her shot away whilst under great pressure, but the ball went straight to the United keeper.

Player of the Day: None

Goals Scorers: Lizzie (2)

Oadby Owls 0 Oadby & Wigston Rovers 1 - 18th November 2012 (County Cup Semi- Final)

As with the League game two weeks earlier, Rovers started the game brightly and began to dominate possession. Despite this Takara, Lucy and Brit started well, repelling most of the Rovers' attacks. Unfortunately, Owls were forced into an early change with Ruby replacing Brit who was unable to continue. Although, Rovers continued to press for a goal, Owls defence coped well, with help from Sarah, Emily and Ruby to cover Rovers breaks. Eventually, the constant pressure led to Rovers goal which was a touch fortunate. A long corner floated over everyone to the far post and ricochet off a knee and into the net. Shortly after Rovers nearly doubled their lead but Charlie quickly rushed out to put the Rovers player off enough so that their shoot drifted past the post. Owls did manage some attacking moves, with Parris and Sarah working hard to get hold of the ball and bring others into the game. Near the end of the half Owls came very close to equalising when Lizzie showed her pace to latch onto a through ball and was only denied by an excellent block by the Rovers keeper.

HT 0-1

In the second half Owls came out strongly, tackling hard and began to maintain possession, stringing together some quality passing moves. With Lucy pushed into midfield to man-mark the Rovers play maker  Emily and Eden began to see more of the ball leading to more through balls to Lizzie and Parris. Lucy, Eden and Emily managed to gain control of the midfield battles showing composure to play some intricate midfield passing moves which began to drive the play forward. Lizzie battled hard to make space beating several defenders only to see her shot smothered by the Rovers keeper. By now Lizzie and Parris were causing panic in Rovers defence with their strength and speed. Lizzie broke through several tackles and drove a left foot shot at the keeper, and Parris was only denied by some last minute defending. Rovers continued to look dangerous on the break, but Owls coped well with Takara, Sarah and Ruby tackling strongly and chasing hard. Charlie also helped the defence by displaying good handling throughout despite the wet conditions. Owls dominated the final stages pressing hard for an equaliser and by the end Rovers were holding on. Perhaps Owls best effort fell again to Lizzie who broke through yet again and was unluckily denied by a fine save from the Rovers keeper.                

Team: Charlie, Lucy, Takara, Brit, Sarah, Emily, Eden, Ruby, Lizzie, Georgia, Parris.

Player of the Day: Lucy- excellent man-marking role especially in the second half breaking up attacks and good distribution

Goals Scorers: None

Oadby Owls 0 Oadby & Wigston Rovers 2 - 4th November 2012 (League)

This League match, a rehearsal for the County Cup semi-final did not start well for Owls with Rovers quicker to the ball. Rovers pressing game began to put Owls defence under great pressure with many last minute clearances and blocks required from Lucy and Takara to keep the score even. With cover provided by Emily and Sarah, Owls were coping with the onslaught until an attempted clearance cannoned off a Rovers player and flew back past Charlie before she could get a hand to the ball. Under the pressure from Rovers, attacking moves were not many during the first half but gradually Owls started to win some ball in the middle of the field and get some passing moves going. Sarah won the ball well on the left and put in a quality right foot cross which just evaded the onrushing Parris and Lizzie. Shortly after Owls won the ball on the right and played in Lizzie whose shot unfortunately rolled past the post. Just when Owls looked as though they were getting back into the match Rovers scored again tapping in a rebound off the keeper.

HT 0-2

After a change of formation Owls came out in a more positive mood in the second half battling hard for the ball. With Emily pushed further forward Owls began to pass the ball with more confidence putting Rovers under pressure. A right foot strike from Emily sailed just past the right post and despite an acrobatic attempt Parris was unable to connect with a fine angled cross from Lois. Several more shots also went close but Owls were unable to seriously test the Rovers keeper. Lucy showed great speed to chase and catch the speedy Rovers right winger to block a cross.  Takara and Eden tackled enthusiastically to prevent further Rovers attacks. Parris and Lizzie continued to work hard but the Rovers defence held firm. Rovers were still dangerous on the break and won a penalty after a mistimed challenge, which fortunately the Rovers played blasted high over the bar. Owls nearly scored when Lois neatly controlled a long throw from Eden, turned in little space, and unluckily hit her shot onto the post.  A much improved second half but just one of those days when the ball would not go in the net.             

Team: Charlie, Lucy, Takara, Sarah, Emily, Eden, Ruby, Lizzie, Georgia, Lois

Player of the Day: Emily worked tirelessly throughout and unluckly not to score

Goals Scorers: None

Oadby Owls 1 Leicester City Ladies 2010 1 - 14th October 2012 (County Cup)

County cup game today and at least the weather was much improved since the last time the teams met in knockout competition, with sunshine replacing the torrential rain and wind of last season. As the game unfurled neither team were in the ascendency, with intense tackling and closing down from both sides. Leicester City Ladies pressed hard and began to look dangerous especially on the break. Lucy looking back to her best, dealt well with the long balls and was ably assisted by the industrious Takara to keep the opposition at bay. Oadby eventually started to get into the game with Eden again strong in midfield. With Emily seeing more of the ball Owls strung some decent passing together bringing Lizzie and Parris into the game. Parris chased well and held the ball up bringing others into the game, whilst Sarah went on several exciting runs down the left leaving opposition in her wake. During this period Owls went close to scoring twice hitting the woodwork and continued to pressurise the City defence who held strong till halftime.  

HT 0-0

The second half started much as the first with both side battling hard to get the upper hand. When a promising attack broke down on the left the ball ran into the path of Lois who controlled the ball well before letting fly with a right foot drive that agonisingly hit the foot of the right post. As the game continued City began to win more of the midfield challenges and looked increasingly threatening on the break. Repeatedly, Lucy had to deal with the quick breaks and was assisted by some decisive keeping from Charlie, and covering from Emily, Sarah and Takara. Unfortunately, the luck could not continue and during one such break the City forward tucked the ball under Charlie into the left of the goal. Luckily there was enough time left for Oadby to get back into the game and with the girls finding the reserves of energy to chase the ball down, pressure was put on the City defence. A defensive mix up, resulted in confusion between the defenders and keeper was pounced upon by Georgia who reacted quickest prodded the ball through the keeper’s legs. With the rest of the half tense but goalless extra time was inevitable. As the sides tired the 10 minutes of extra time was tense an-end-to-end affair, with desperate defence from both sides. Both sides displayed a mixture of excitement and nerves with the drama of penalties looming. The competition started with an Oadby miss, after which City scored their first to give them the advantage. Next Lucy coolly strode up and firmly drove her spot kick down the middle of the goal with the keeper diving to the left. The second City penalty was struck hard in a similar direction but Charlie held firm and made the save. After City had scored their third, Eden was next up and confidently dispatched her penalty with ease to put Oadby ahead. City’s next penalty sailed wide of the left post, and with Emily finishing in style Oadby were in sight of victory. Charlie then pulled off a fantastic left foot save to deny City and win the game, which capped a girl of the day performance and ensured that Oadby were in the semi-final.

Team: Charlie, Lucy, Takara, Sarah, Emily, Eden, Georgia, Parris, Lizzie, Lois

Player of the Day: Charlie- cool under pressure, assured and displayed safe hands with plenty of quality saves   

Goals Scorers: Georgia

Rugby Town 2 Oadby Owls 5 - 30th September 2012 (League)

With the mist and cold lifting just before kick off the game got off to a slow start with both sides battling over midfield possession with neither side dominating. Gradually, Oadby managed to get the ball under control and began to string some passing moves together. Growing in confidence the girls began to threaten the Rugby goal, with Lizzie a constant menace. From a long ball forward Georgia controlled the ball skilfully and passed right to Lizzie who attacked the defence before shooting across the goal. Unfortunately, the ball cannoned off the post, but an alert Georgia was able to tap home from 5 yards. Rugby fought back quickly putting our defence under pressure and after a defensive mix up the ball trickled past Charlie after many defections. The game was evenly balanced for most of the first half. Lizzie providing most of the attacking options, and going close to scoring on several occasions, managed to beat two defenders before poking the ball just beyond the keepers reach into the left corner.

HT 2-1

Shortly into the second half Rugby levelled again following a break. However, from the kick off Oadby came out strongly closing the opposition down faster and taking charge of the game in midfield, with some strong tackling from Eden and Lois. Eventually the pressure started to tell and Emily broke free to score. Following some fine work by Takara intercepting on the right, the ball reached Lizzie who drifted across the goal and just as the opposition thought that they had closed her down unleashed a stinging left-foot shot which flashed into the roof of the net with the keeper rooted to the spot. There was still time for Lizzie to complete her hat-trick and despite some late Rugby pressure, Oadby stood strong and held the opposition at bay with some excellent covering and tackling from Takara. Overall, Oadby put in a solid display with good contributions from all the team.

Team: Charlie, Lucy, Takara, Sarah, Emily, Eden, Ruby, Lizzie, Georgia, Lois

Player of the Day: Georgia- held the ball up well and brought others into the game with intellegent passes throught the match

Goals Scorers: Georgia, Lizzie (3), Emily


Team Notices

Leicester City & County Girls Football League