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Oadby Owls 2 Leicester City Ladies (2010) 2 - 23rd March 2014 (League)

Even the weather tried to match the excitement of this top of table clash today as the cold wind was interspersed with warm sunshine and even a hailstorm before kick-off, which made everyone run for cover. The game started with Oadby playing into the strong wind, but Owls started brightly coping well with the elements and physicality of the contest. Indeed, Owls scored first when the ball was passed by Cassandra out to Anni on the right. Anni skipped past her marker and delivered a perfect cross to Lizzie, who controlled the ball instantly on her chest before rifling in a firmly struck shot that whistled past the keeper. This early success seemed to knock Owls concentration and served to increase the work rate of Leicester Ladies, resulting in constant pressure. Unfortunately, Oadby defended too deeply and invited the opposition to attack and although they cope well for a while the equaliser came after a defensive mix-up. By now Ladies peppered Charlie with long range shots, which with wind assistance, she had to watch carefully. Charlie also did well to block a corner that was sliding in under the bar. Despite the pressure Owls looked reasonably safe until they failed to clear their lines and conceded another goal.

H-T 1-2

In the second half Owls came out strongly showing more physicality to match the opposition and with Cassandra and Parris working hard in midfield began to win more of the ball. Making good use of the conditions they also put pressure on the Ladies defence and began to make some chances. A long free kick from Emily was nearly turned in by Anni but the keeper made a fine save. From the resulting corner Emily swung in a testing ball but Parris was unable to get enough contact to drive the ball home. Even though Owls were pressing forward they had to be alert at the back with Lucy, Ruby and Sarah covering well to stop the Ladies attacks. Charlie too had to be quick of her line to charge out and clear when the defensively line was breached. Cassandra, who chased everything that moved today, even tried her luck from distance firing off a snap shot from twenty yards out which unfortunately went straight at the keeper. Down the left Sarah and Lizzie interchanged passes with Parris to start another attack but the final shot also went slightly wide. Just as it looked that Owls would not have anything to show for all their second half determination and hard work, Parris connected firmly enough with another Emily corner to bundle the ball home at the near post. After levelling the scores the game opened up and was very much end-to-end as both teams, tried their hardest to snatch the victory. Chances came at both ends but Owls best efforts from Anni and Lizzie were met with some fantastic saves. Shortly before the end Anni was fouled just outside the area but the wall did its job to block Emily’s firmly struck free kick to leave the game all square at the end. Well done to both teams who showed great determination, a lot of skill and a draw was probably the fairest result as it would have been harsh on either team to lose.        

Team: Charlie, Ruby, Lucy, Emily, Anni, Cassandra, Parris, Sarah, Lizzie, Anna

Player of the day: Cassandra worked tirelessly for the team

Goal Scorer: Lizzie and Parris

 

Oadby Owls 3 AFC Barwell 3 - 8th December 2013 (League)

Oadby really started this game very slowly against a quickly improving Barwell team, and were made to pay buy conceding two goals within the first 10 minutes. Unfortunately, things got worse as Charlie had to leave the field after making a great save before the second goal was swept in landing heavily on her side. Luckily Lois took over the keepers’ role and put in a wonderful performance. When all was looking lost Owls finally started to wake up and play some football. Anni was particularly lively in the first half skipping past players on the right and taking the attack to Barwell. However, the Barwell defence was solid and continually caught and blocked Anni’s path to goal. Cassandra showed her strength in the middle of the pitch and won the ball to set Lizzie free on goal, and to the supporter’s relief she slotted home calmly to the keeper’s left. Owls continued to press for an equaliser and the shots rained in on the Barwell goal as Anni, Cassandra and Lizzie were either slightly off target or had their shots saved by a mixture of good goalkeeping and determined defending. Barwell looked dangerous on the break and Lucy had to be at her best to keep the ball away from the impressive opposition striker. With the constant pressure it seemed that Owls had to score and Lizzie duly provided the equaliser with a similar finish to the first goal, striking a firm shot low into the corner of the net.           

HT 2-2

Now back on terms Owls were sent out for the second half with instructions to up their efforts which was obvious from the off. Sarah who was fairly quiet in the first half took the fight to the opposition with an energetic display of attacking football down the left, often played in by clever through balls from the impressive Fran. Emily pushed into midfield had several shots and one from a short corner was well saved. Shortly after the break Owls managed to take the lead with Lizzie grabbing her hat-trick. A flashing shot from Lizzie skimmed the bar and Anni also came close to scoring when she broke through the defence on the right. Unfortunately Owls were to rue their lack of finishing today as another piece of sloppy defending ensured that the ball dropped to a Barwell player who tucked away the equaliser. During the rest of the game Owls bombarded the Barwell goal with shots, but it was one of those days when despite all the effort no more goals were scored as a mixture of poor finishing, no luck and good goalkeeping kept the scores level. At the other end Owls had to be grateful for their defensive performance from Lucy, Ruby and Fran who continued to battle hard and break up the Barwell counterattacks.        

Team Charlie, Lucy, Emily, Ruby, Cassandra, Sarah, Anni, Lizzie, Fran, Lois

Player of the Day: Cassandra- put in a strong display in the middle of the pitch and was unlucky not to score 

Goals Scorers: Lizzie (3)

Attleborough Sports 0 Oadby Owls 7 24th November 2013 (League)

A cold winters’ day greeted Owls for their first ever visit to Attleborough, to play a team that had not won too many games this year but had only lost to the better teams by the odd goal, which meant that Owls were likely to be tested today. The pitch was not the best for either team to try and play passing football, yet Attleborough were first on the attack with their through ball passing harmlessly through to the sure hands of Charlie. However, Owls quickly settled and with Cassandra, Sarah and Parris working hard in midfield had plenty of possession. Indeed, Anni made light of the poor playing surface throughout showing her full range of skills to baffle the opposition, tying the defence in knots on the right. From one such run the ball was crossed into the middle of the box and was met by Lizzie who applied a deft finish placing the ball to the keeper’s right. Shortly afterwards Owls doubled their lead when Emily collected the ball after a short corner and spying the keeper in an advanced position clipped the ball over her head into the roof of the net. With the game bogged down in midfield Owls passing game was briefly halted before Parris added a moment of class. Intercepting the ball she took a moment to deliver a perfect pass out to Anni on the right. Anni’s subsequent cross was met perfectly by Lizzie to finish calmly. Parris did not have to wait too long to add her name to the score sheet finishing a fine passing move started by Sarah on the left, finishing firmly with a right foot shot. Attleborough did not give up and continued to try to attack which meant that Lucy, Emily and Ruby had to be alert to counter the attacking threat. There was just enough time for Lizzie to add another goal before half time and Owls went into the break with a deserved lead.    

HT 0-5

In the second half Owls continued to dominate possession attacking strongly especially on the break. Anni was a constant threat down the right baffling the defenders and supplying dangerous crosses or cutting back inside to shoot. Unluckily despite all her efforts and hard work, Anni was unable to score today and Owls were restricted to only two more goals largely due to the fine efforts of the Attleborough keeper. Sarah on the left created several chances and on one attacking foray, passed the ball to Emily who scored a superb goal lifting the ball over the keeper into the far corner of the net. With so much forward pressure Owls were open to counterattacks which meant that the defence had to be awake. Luckily Ruby, Emily and Lucy were on form to repel the Attelborough attacks. Lucy showed great strength to hold off a forward before beating another and sending a pinpoint pass down the right to set Anni off towards goal. When Anni’s shot was saved Lizzie, like all good forwards was on hand to sweep home the rebound. Overall, this was a great result and a dominant performance over a hardworking opposition.  

Team Charlie, Lucy, Emily, Ruby, Cassandra, Sarah, Parris, Anni, Lizzie

Player of the Day: Anni - Treated the crowd to a wonderful display of attacking football on a pitch were the ball was difficult to control

Goals Scorers: Lizzie (4), Parris, Emily (2)

Oadby Owls 2 Bedworth Eagles 1 - 10th November 2013 (League)

Unfortunately another brief report. I was unable to watch what was a close, exciting top of the table clash between two of the best footballing teams in the league. Owls were in for a tough encounter against a very physical team. Despite this Oadby dominated the contest looking stringing together quality passing moves. Within 5 minutes one such attack was deftly finished off with Lizzie supplying the last touch to stroke the ball past the Eagles keeper. Again the defensive unit of Ruby, Lucy and Emily looked strong and determined to repel the Eagles attacks. In midfield Parris revelled in the physical challenge wining plenty of ball and brought in others to create chances. Sarah and Anni continued their early season form providing lively threats down either wing, Charlie was her reliable self in goal and Cassandra again battled hard and passed well. The only downside was an injury to Ruby who had to leave the fray.  

HT 0-0

Shortly after half time it seemed that Owls might rue their inability to add to their first half tally as Eagles levelled the score with a smartly taken equaliser. Fortunately, this year Owls are a more resilient bunch and did not panic under the resulting pressure. Instead, Oadby stuck to their game plan and finally converted another chance, when Lizzie smashed a superb shot into the roof of the net from the right hand edge of the area. Now back in front Owls competed energetically and had to survive some hairy moments including a penalty shout, which the ref turned down realising that Lucy had taken the ball and not the player. Owls held on to deservedly take the victory with a fantastic team effort.     

Team: Charlie, Lucy, Emily, Ruby, Sarah, Cassandra, Anni, Parris, Lizzie

Player of the Day: Parris - Outstanding performance showing great strength and determination throughout

Goals Scorers: Lizzie (2)

Leicester Ladies (2010) 4 Oadby Owls 1 - 6th October 2013 (League)

Owls early season form deserted them today with a poor second half performance which ensured that their 100% record came to an abrupt end. Oadby started the game brightly competing strongly in midfield, with Sarah finding plenty of space and the confidence to take on and beat the right back with ease. From these driving runs Sarah set up many attacking opportunities with crosses that unluckily did not fall into the path of the attacking players. When the ball did fall to Anni or Parris their shooting failed to test the keeper, and when they did no one was able to turn in the rebounds. Despite this early promise Owls were made to pay for their inability to convert their chances as Leicester proved that they are very dangerous on the break when a long through ball was clinically smashed into the net by the Ladies striker. From this point Leicester put Owls under pressure but the combination of Lucy, Ruby and Emily managed to repel the Leicester attacks. After the first goal Owls continued to battle hard, with Cassandra and Takara taking the fight to the Ladies midfield. The result was that Lizzie was able to find some space on the right and found Anni, whose cross was met by the advancing Parris to smash the ball into the roof of the net. The goal came just before half time and was a good reward for a battling performance.          

HT 1 - 1

The second half started well enough and followed a similar pattern to the first. However, the energy levels seemed to be dropping and defensive error gifted an easy goal to Leicester. With their noses in front Ladies doubled their efforts and started to dominate the game, scoring two more high quality goals. Owls’ attacks were limited to chasing long balls but unfortunately Anni could not get the better of the Ladies defence who looked very solid. The nearest that Oadby got to scoring was when a shot was well saved by the keeper and when the ball drifted just past the post off a defender’s foot. Overall, a good first half but a lack of energy and belief led to a fair but ultimately disappointing display against a very strong team.             

Team:Charlie, Lucy, Emily, Ruby, Takara, Cassandra, Anni, Sarah, Parris, Lizzie

Player of the Day: Lucy - Solid defensive display not only tackled well throughout but often turned defence into attack with clever passes   

Goals Scorers: Parris

Oadby Owls 3 Oadby & Wigston Rovers 2 - 29th September 2013 (League)

Owls fine start to the season was always going to be tested today against one of the stronger sides in the league. To make things even harder Owls lost their keeper within the first few minutes to a knee injury when attempting to save the first Rovers goal. Replacing Charlie with Lois, the girls took a while to settle and shortly after things looked even grimmer as Rovers scored a second. Further problems were to beset Oadby as it became obvious that two players were struggling with the effects of flu and had to spend time on the side lines to recover. Thus most of the first half was played with only eight players and a novice keeper. Despite this Owls showed the fantastic fighting spirit that is developing within this team to battle against their adversity and started to play some good football. The rejigged Owls defence looked solid with Lucy and Ruby again strong in the tackles. The midfield of Emily, Sarah, Parris and Anni, also took the fight to Rovers snapping into challenges to win possession, but it was Anni that really sparked the comeback as she decided to put on a breath-taking display of control and skill on the right of midfield. Every time that Anni received the ball she showed instant control and took on the defence single-handedly, weaving through and turning them inside out with her dribbling skills. Rightly the team fed the ball to Anni throughout the half and she did not disappoint as after beating at least four defenders she unleashed a solid right foot strike into the top left corner. The goal visibly lifted Owls and the belief flowed through the team, which manifest in increased effort to get back into the game. Others began to make an impression, with Sarah winning plenty of ball, and running at the opposition. Parris worked hard to harry the defence and her efforts pressurised Rovers into a mistake that set up Anni for the equaliser just before half time.               

HT 2 – 2

As the supporters could hardly believe what they had seen from an amazing action packed first 35 minutes, the girls came back on for the second half full of fight and self-confidence. Boyed by the comeback Owls were able to keep nine players on the pitch even though two were clearly unwell, but showed amazing bravery to continue despite obviously struggling. Although the game was tight and the teams evenly matched everyone on the Owls team showed fantastic bravery and energy to compete against a determined Rovers team. This immense team effort was rewarded when Anni grabbed her third goal to snatch a lead that Owls were able to hold on to. Congratulations have to go to the team as a whole for such a resilient display, but a special mention has to go to Cassandra and Lizzie for playing on despite not being well and refusing to give up throughout.    

Team Charlie, Lucy, Ruby, Sarah, Cassandra, Emily, Parris, Anni, Lizzie, Lois

Player of the Day: Anni- amazing display of skill and finishing which brought about a win that seem highly unlikely after the first 15 minutes of the match

Goals Scorers: Anni (3)

Cosby Cats 0 Oadby Owls 12 - 22nd September 2013 (League)

On a much warmer day than last week Owls were down to 9 players against a game Cosby team that worked hard to stop Owls playing. Oadby took charge of the game quickly getting into their stride, with Emily and Cassandra running the midfield creating plenty of attacking moves. Emily looked lively controlling the ball and running at the opposition with skill throughout the game. Playing on the left of midfield Parris showed great strength winning plenty of possession. On the right, Anni used her pace to beat the opposition and delivered several dangerous crosses. Sarah, playing in an unfamiliar role at left back put in a great performance full of energy and thought. She continually overlapped on the left to create attacks, with one very memorable left foot cross that just evaded the on rushing Lizzie. With such dominance it was a surprise that Owls had to wait 10 minutes before the first goal came. Anni received a pass on the right before cutting in and lobbing the keeper from 15 yards out. Now able to relax, Owls continually created chances with Lizzie quickly scoring the second. A shot from Anni rattled the post before Parris showed great anticipation to follow in and stroke the ball home with the keeper stranded. Shortly afterwards the ref awarded a penalty for hand ball, which Anni dispatched into the corner. Cassandra, who had been anchoring the midfield solidly, started to go forward more and even let loose a few shots which unfortunately drifted wide. Although Lizzie scored two more goals in the first half credit had to go to the Owls defence of Sarah, Lucy and Ruby who showed a high level of concentration, energy and strength to thwart the Cosby attacks.         

HT 6 - 0

The second half was very similar to the first but Sarah reverting to the more usual left wing slot, with Parris dropping in by behind Lizze, Emily anchoring the midfield and Cassandra filling in at left back. As Cosby refused to give up the fight Cassandra, Ruby and Lucy were pushed hard but continually blocked and tackled to keep the attacks at bay. In fact, the defence played so well today that Charlie was a virtual spectator. With Cosby pushing for a goal there were inevitable gaps for Owls to exploit. This they did ruthlessly, as the pace of Lizzie and Anni cut holes in the Cosby defence. Indeed had it not been for the Cosby keeper and defenders then the score would have been far greater. As it was Lizzie bagged another four goals, mostly taking the ball around the keeper before calmly slotting home. Anni who worked hard down the right all game grabbed another to get her hat-trick, and Emily also got in on the act scoring with a quality finish. A good performance all round today, but all credit to the Cosby team who never gave up and continued to look for a goal, pressing Ruby, Cassandra and Lucy hard to the final whistle.

Player of the Day: Sarah another high energy all action display creating attacking moves and defending strongly

Goals Scorers: Lizzie (7), Anni (3), Parris (1), Emily (1)

Oadby Owls 2 Ashfordly Amateurs 1  8th September 2013 League

 

Today’s encounter was a tough, hard fought game against very strong opposition who were difficult to breakdown. Like last week Owls started slowly, obviously missing the energy and abrasive qualities of Eden and Takara in midfield, which gave Ashfordly too much time to bring the ball down and play some passing football. Despite the pressure Owls defence held strong with Emily organising well, and Lucy and the impressive Ruby dealt well with the tricky wingers, which meant that Charlie had little to do in goal. When Owls got hold of the ball they were able to mount some attacks, with Sarah continuing to show her fine early season form, beating players on the left side of the Ashfordly defence. From one of these forays she crossed the ball and Lizzie turned the ball into the right corner of the net. Emily made a fine run past several defenders going from her own box to the away end before she was stopped. Ashfordly continued to dominate most of the first half but failed to test Charlie in the home goal. At the other end the ball would not run for Owls attackers with shots either blocked or well saved by a determined defence and keeper.      

 

HT 1- 0

With the wind at their back Owls started the second half with more energy and Annie broke down the right to send a quick cross into Lizzie who unfortunately hit her shot straight into the keepers’ hands. Shortly afterwards Ashfordly broke clear on the right and Charlie made a fine stop at the left hand post. However, Ashfordly broke again on the left and the subsequent cross was calmly dispatched into the goal for a desired equaliser. Thankfully, Owls battle back hard and with Cassandra a bundle of energy in the midfield more possession was gained. Owls made good use of the ball, with Lucy’s fine pass playing in Annie again on the right who bust past the defence before striking a firm shot at the keeper. Sarah kept running hard at the full back often cutting the ball back well but slightly out of reach of the Owls attackers. Shortly after Sarah burst though again unleashing a right foot shot that was well saved. Annie delivered excellent corners all day from which Parris was a constant threat. From one corner Parris placed a header just wide.  Finally, and to the relief of the home support, from the next corner Parris connected firmly and the ball ricocheted off several defenders on its way into the net. For the last 15 min Annie took over the strikers’ role and her pace caused problems for the Ashfordly defence. After one Cassandra pass she turned neatly and smashed a shot onto the crossbar. Cassandra almost scored herself after perfectly timing a run late into the area following a corner but could not manage to get a strong enough connection to beat the keeper. Despite the many chances another goal would not come and the Ashfordly keeper made another quality save to deny a certain goal from Lizzie. Ashfordly battled hard to the end making life tough for Lucy, Emily and Ruby who held firm and managed to repel the opposition attacks. The game was very close and entertaining right to the end, but Owls just about did enough to shade it.

Player of the Day: Cassandra- battled hard and passed well all day

Goals Scorers: Lizzie, Parris

Harborough Town 0 Oadby Owls 4 - 1st September 2013 (League)

Firstly a warm welcome to our new players Tanni, Cassandra and Annie and a sad farewell, thanks and good luck to Eden who we all wish continues her development as she heads off for pastures new and hopefully continued success with West Brom. It was a warm September day to kick off the season this year for a lunchtime kick off. After the success of winning last weekends’ warm up tournament at Judgemeadow there was a sense of nervous expectation for continued success for the new season. Unfortunately, this feeling seemed not to be shared by the girls who started the game with a lack of urgency which lasted for most of the first 20 minutes. The game had become bogged down in midfield with both sides lacking the ability to get the ball down and put any meaningful passing together. Defensively the unit of Emily at centre back, Lucy and Tanni (making her league debut) looked strong and dealt well with the Harborough attacks. As usual Charlie snapped up anything the defence missed to keep the goal intact. With the crowd getting frustrated a spark was needed, and luckily that was provided by Sarah who started to run at the opposition stretching the play down the left. In midfield, Takara and Cassandra (also making her league debut) snapped into challenges and began to find team members with their passing. As the half progressed Oadby started to play some neat interchanges and their short passing game started to create space for Lizzie and Parris to run into. After one such move Lizzie latched on to a through ball and slotted the ball past the Town keeper. Following the goal Owls confidence rose. Sarah now a constant threat down the left ran the defence ragged and after one fine run cut in, passed to Lizzie who returned the ball into her path for Sarah to slot home neatly under the advancing keeper. Although this goal was ruled offside, it did nothing to stop the Owls attacking efforts and even Lucy tried to get in on the goal scoring taking shots from just inside the Town half. With pressure mounting the Town keeper and defence were kept busy. Emily cracked a 30 metre free kick towards the top right hand corner only to see the ball well saved. With so much pressure being applied it was only a matter of time before the second goal came. Takara again won the ball in midfield and passed to Parris who shipped the ball neatly to the left for Sarah who cut into toward goal before unleashing a shot which hit the post with the keeper beaten. However, Parris had followed in well to sweep home the rebound to make double the score at half time.

HT 2 - 0

With the wind at their backs Owls worked hard in the second half, chasing and closing down the opposition to dominate possession. Throughout the half the team passed the ball well opening up the defence with neat interchanges and played some fantastic possession football. Sarah again was prominent on the left dribbling round the full back and sending dangerous crosses into the box. Any loose ball was collected by the calm Cassandra who showed confidence and an excellent eye for a pass even when under pressure. A series of corners followed but despite the quality of the delivery from Emily a finish to match was lacking, although Parris got close on several occasions. Finally, Sarah got the goal her all action performance deserved when she slammed the ball home after a one-two with Lizzie on the left of the Town box. At this stage with confidence flowing Emily decided to show her class stepping forward with the ball from defence, she beat two plays and delivered an inch perfect pass to Lizzie on the right hand side of the area. Fittingly Lizzie swept the ball home to finish off a quality move. Shortly after Lucy received a short pass on the right wing and clipped a tantalising cross into the Town box which Lizzie was unlucky to not get more on. Overall this was a fantastic display of passing and possession football which hopefully bodes well for the new season.

Team:Charlie, Lucy, Emily, Tanni, Cassandra, Takara, Sarah, Parris, Lizzie

Player of the Day: Sarah- A great performance full of energy, quality passing and movement and very unlucky not to get a hat-trick  

Goals Scorers: Lizzie (2), Parris, Sarah

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