Under 15 Girls

 

Barwell & Burbage United 3 Oadby Owls 6 13th April 2014 (League)

 

Owls returned to the site of their worse league defeat of the season with some optimism as this time they at least had 11 players rather than 10. With the bright sunshine on their backs Owls started strongly competing for every ball and easily matched the Barwell team for effort and energy. Indeed, it was not long before they started to dominate the centre of the pitch and with Martha and Megan working well in tandem Oadby were able to create some fine passing moves. Following one interchange Megan played an inviting through ball for Dawn to latch onto. Dawn showed great strength to shrug off the last defender and cracked a firm right foot shot past the on-rushing keeper. The Oadby supporters did not have to wait too long before a deserved second came Dawn’s way as she met a cross from Sim to turn the ball home from 6 yards out. Although Owls were playing some fantastic passing football, they frequently had to defend against a pair of tricky wingers, which keep Lucy very busy on the right and Ellie on the left. When the wingers did get through, they were ably repelled by excellent covering defending of Grace and Emily. However, the opposition were having an off-day in front of goal and throughout the half all the Barwell attempts on goal drifted wide. If Barwell could not manage to hit the target, Owls could not miss with a third goal coming midway through the first half. This time Ellie intercepted an attempted pass and clipped an inch perfect pass through to Sim on the left who deftly beat her marker and drove towards the goal, before sending a powerful right foot shot past the keeper’s right. To cap a fantastic first 40 minutes Dawn scored her third just before the break powering through the defenders and the keeper to walk the ball into the net with possibly her easiest finish of the year.    

HT 0-4

Despite the excellent first half display everyone knew that they would have to be alert for the second period as Owls have lost concentration many times this year resulting in a loss of several quick goals. Added to this Barwell are a good team who came out determined to get back on terms. This combination put pressure on Owls who started to look vulnerable and true to form Barwell scored 3 quick goals, which clearly rattled the teams’ confidence. Just as all looked precarious defiant defending from Emily, Grace, Lucy and Ellie, combined with good saves from Caitlin kept Barwell out, which gave Owls time to steady themselves against some determined attacking. Fortunately, Owls won a free kick right hand touch line and as everyone expected a cross Megan delivered a sublime shot that arced over the keeper and into the far side of the goal. Once a two goal lead was restored Owls found their confidence again and although they were pushed hard began to dominate again. To top such a great team effort Dawn scored her fourth of the day to seal the win. Sim also came close to scoring bravely meeting a driven cross from Dawn with her head but the ball looped agonisingly over the bar. Today’s performance was probably the best of the whole season against very strong opposition, a display full of robust defending, clever passing and movement, capped by some excellent goals to ensure a well deserved win.

Player of the day: Fantastic team performance and impossible to single out anyone

Goal Scorer: Dawn (4), Sim and Megan

Cosby Vixens 0 Oadby Owls 7 - 2nd March 2014 (League)

Another windy but dry day for today’s match against a Vixens team that had been on good form recently. As is traditional Owls started very slowly, as Vixens had a succession of corners and throw-ins and for 5 minutes the ball was stuck in the Oadby area with the wind making it difficult to clear the ball. Finally, following some decisive defending from Martha, Owls were able to lift the siege and start to play some football in other areas of the pitch. Despite the windy conditions Oadby managed to get the ball under control and string some quality passes together and it was not long before they started to make chances. Red collected the ball just outside the Vixens area and slotted a pass through to Dawn, who beat one player and let fly. The shot was well saved by the keeper but her parry fell into the path of Sim, who reacted quickest to prod home the loose ball. Going into the lead helped the girls settle and Dawn suddenly came to life with a strong display of physicality to collect a through ball from Megan and brush off her marker before heading right and drilling a lofted shot over the keeper from 25 yards out. Shortly afterwards Dawn repeated the feat to make the score a comfortable 3 goals to nil and ensure that the halftime team talk would be an easy job. Defensively, Owls had to be awake as Vixens keeper launched several long balls, which with the wind behind reached far into the Oadby half. Luckily, Amy and Grace were up for the challenge and with Caitlin’s able help Owls safely keep Vixens away from the goal.

HT 0-3

In the second half Oadby played even better dominating possession and cleverly passing the ball around to create space and shooting opportunities. The next goal came from a corner as Martha’s delivery arced past the keeper to reach Megan who got a firm connection to side-foot the ball into the back of the net. At this stage the Owls midfield were running the game and Red, Martha and Megan combined extremely well with neat interchanges. On the right Jade combined well with Martha to collect a one-two and drove into space delivering a quality cross that Dawn met to finish the move perfectly. Defensively owls still had to be wary but Grace and Amy performed extremely well reading the game and intercepting attempted passes before returning the ball back to the Oadby attackers. The fullbacks, Ellie and Georgia were also strong today covering behind the central defenders and also played some clever give-and-go passes to set Sim and Jade off on attacking runs. With so much confidence flowing throughout the team today it was not long before they scored again with Sim converting another fine sweeping attacking move. There was still time for another goal as Dawn capped an outstanding performance with a crisp right-footed shot. Vixens continued to work hard for the full 80 minutes and were very unlucky not to get a goal back following a free-kick which was met firmly by the attacker only to see the ball loop over the bar. Even after the slow start today’s performance was exceptionally good with a high level of commitment and fantastic football played by everyone for the full game. Well done everyone for producing a game that was great to watch.

Player of the Day: Everyone - this was a brilliant team performance

Goals Scorers: Sim (2), Dawn (4), Megan

Oadby Owls 3 Barwell & Burbage United 5 23rd Februray 2014 (League)

The wind made playing conditions very tough today and Owls were under pressure from the start as Barwell attacked straight from the kickoff and scored within a couple of minutes from a lofted shot that sailed over Caitlin into the top left corner of the net. After conceding the first goal Owls worked hard through the half to keep Barwell out, with Megan, Grace, Ellie and Amy battling hard. With the wind propelling the ball towards the Oadby goal Caitlin had to be alert, collecting plenty of through balls and displayed sure handling on several occasions to secure the ball in the swirling wind. Although under considerable pressure throughout the half Owls were able to mount some attacking moves. Martha competed strongly for possession in the midfield before freeing Red on the right but the resulting shot was not quite on target. Dawn also had a good chance to score but her shot went wide of the right post. Jade, Red, dawn and Sim continued to probe the Barwell defence and put together some quality passing moves yet despite the fine build up play the final finish was lacking. Owls came closest to scoring when Red played Dawn in on the right and the resulting cross dropped invitingly to Sim but alas Sim’s shot looped over the bar.

 

HT 0-1

After the break and buoyed by having the gusting wind at their backs, Owls started the second half with more determination and began to put Barwell under concerted pressure. It was not long before Dawn was on the score-sheet chasing down a flick on from Red, she managed to control the ball under pressure and calmly stroke the ball past the onrushing keeper. The equalising goal gave the girls belief and it was not long before they took the lead. Barwell conceded a corner and Megan expertly curled the ball right into the net. At this stage Owls were on top and continued attacking moves which Dawn and Sim were prominent. Unfortunately, Barwell wrestled back control as the Owls midfield began to tire and had quickly scored 3 goals. Things could have been worse had Caitlin not been on good form to deny Barwell with a string of high quality saves. Following this setback Oadby continued to search for more goals and managed to get another goal from a corner when Martha’s cross was diverted into the net off a Barwell player. Just as the supporters though that Owls could press for an equaliser Bawell made the game safe with another well taken goal on the break. Overall today’s game was a massive improvement since the last time that these two teams met with Owls showing much more determination and effort throughout. However, with a bit more thought and better finishing Owls could have been closer to getting something out of the game.

Player of the Day: Megan- fantastic defending and scored a wonderful goal

Goals Scorers: Dawn, Megan, OG

Kirby Muxloe 2 Oadby Owls 2 - 9th February 2014 (League)

This was a game very much of two contrasting halves as Owls started slowly and all too often were second best and slow to close the determined opposition down. Despite this Lucy, Amy, Grace and Ellie had looked reasonably comfortable in defence, until they were caught on the break. The Kirby forward scored with a neat finish from the edge of the area to round off a fine attack. When Owls won the ball in the middle of the pitch they were quickly closed down making attacking moves difficult to start. Yet when they did get the ball thought to Dawn she was able to break through the tackles but blasted wide with the goal at her mercy. Red picked up the ball on the right touch line and set off with great acceleration down the flank beating two players before unleashing a shot that bobbled in front of the keeper but unluckily rolled past the post. Megan and Martha fought hard in the congested midfield and were able to set others in on goal with some quality passing. On one occasion Martha slotted the ball through to Dawn on the left of the area but her shot sliced off the outside of her boot and went wide. Megan almost opened the scoring with a well directed free kick but it was equally well saved by the Kirby keeper. As Owls were pressing hard for an equaliser they were exposed to counterattacks, which caused trouble for the stretched defence. Grace and Amy had to be quick on their feet to clear the danger. Ellie and Lucy also had to chase hard and tackle strongly to prevent any further scores. When the defensive line was breached Caitlin was quickly off her line to collect the through balls. Caitlin also pulled off an excellent save to deny Kirby another goal, but another quick Kirby attack from one end of the pitch to the other saw them score a second before the break.                 

HT 2 - 0

Owls came out for the second half with far more fight and determination which allowed them to start winning the midfield battle. Martha, Red and the impressive Megan managed to get their passing game going which meant that Owls could start pressuring the Kirby defence. Oadby pressure led to several corners and following one half-clearance Ellie collected the ball and let fly with a firm right foot shot that arced towards the top right hand corner and had to be clawed away at the last moment by the Kirby keeper. Megan became more involved with forays down the left, skilfully nipping past the defenders. On one attack Megan clipped the ball over the stranded keeper but unluckily despite an acrobatic stretch Georgia was unable to quite reach the ball with the goal unguarded. With so much pressure it seemed like it would not be Owls day as they still could not find a way past the opposition keeper. Luckily, the frustrated Oadby supporters did not have to wait too much longer as Megan strode up and placed her free kick past the diving keeper to get Owls back into the contest. Oadby were certainly on top now and several goal mouth scrabbles followed without anyone able to apply the final touch. Sim also raised her game and became a constant threat down the left flank working well with Dawn to find space. Again Megan drove powerfully into the left side of the area and her shot, after an initial keeper’s parry, fell to Sim who prodded the ball onto the post before it was cleared by the defenders. Dawn again broke through but unluckily shot wide after some fine inter-passing from Martha and Megan. Georgia too worked hard to press the defence on the right recycling the ball for Red who skipped past one defender and shot unfortunately wide of the goal. Owls continued to chase the equaliser which finally came to the relief of the supporters as after another attacking move the ball was crossed in by Megan and in the resulting melee Sim reacted quickest to stab home the ball. Both teams now chased the winner which meant that Owls defence had to be awake to counter the quick attacks. Grace had a fantastic second half intercepting many attempted through balls and rapidly returned the ball into the Kirby half to set off attacking moves. Amy too played strongly today tackling firmly and putting in many interceptions. Ellie continued her fine defensive form of this season containing and chasing all day against a quick winger. This was a fantastic game to watch and Owls fully deserved a point after magnificent second half performance, full of hard work and energy. It was just a shame that after all that effort the girls could not find the winner.                  

Team:Caitlin, Lucy, Grace, Amy, Ellie, Megan, Martha, Red, Sim, Dawn, Georgia

Player of the Day: Ellie - Defensively strong througout and nearly scored with a spectaular long range shot

Goals Scorers: Megan, Sim

Oadby Owls 4 Loughborough Foxes 2 - 19th January 2014 (League)

A bright sunny day with virtually no wind made for great conditions for the match today as Oadby looked to get back to winning ways after two consecutive defeats. Although Owls started slowly Red, Martha and Jade battle away to wrestle control of the game in the middle of the park. After 10 minutes Martha supplied a measured pass out to the left of the Loughborough penalty area where Sim collected the ball, raced past the first defender, cut back inside and finished calmly with a right foot shot to the keepers’ right. However, the lead was short lived as Foxes hit back quickly following a fast attack helped by some weak tackling. Unfortunately, things were to get worse before they improved as Foxes again scored after another break. Going behind seemed to galvanise Owls and the team upped their game. Red especially tackled hard against her old teammates, chasing the ball down and winning possession, ably helped by Martha and Jade. Dawn was a constant attacking threat and broke free on goal only to see her shot saved. Georgia who had supported the attacking move prodded at the loose ball but could not get enough on it to turn it the net. Shortly afterwards Dawn was on target with the equaliser, collecting a inch perfect pass from Jade to accelerate past the defenders and plant a firm right foot shot past the stranded keeper. Dawn could easily have scored more but for the fine defending of the Loughborough centre back who nipped in with perfect tackles just as Dawn was about to shoot. Down the right Georgia was energetically chasing everything and nearly got on the end of another ball but unluckily her shot drifted wide. Owls defence was tested with quick breaks from the Foxes team but eventually Grace, Megan and Amy came to terms with the speed of the attacking moves and when beaten Caitlin mopped up all the through balls. Not long before halftime Owls went ahead when Dawn was first to a goal kick, beat two players and smashed the ball home.

HT 3-2

In the second half Owls were more solid, and with an extra defender pushed into the midfield where able to cut out most of the Foxes quick attacks. With this increased solidity Megan and Grace were able to distribute the ball with more accuracy, which enabled Sim and Georgia to roam down the flanks creating many attacking moves. Jade also started to see more of the ball and the midfield trio of Jade, Martha and Red began to gain control of the ball in the Foxes half. During this period Owls put together some great passing and movement, creating several more chances. Again fine work from Dawn allowed her to collect a long ball from Megan before beating the defence only to see the ball bobble on the uneven surface which saw the shot fly over the bar. With Owls making so many chances it was only a matter of time the next goal came. The move that produced the goal was the best of the game with Red winning possession in the Foxes half she passes to Martha who slotted the ball to Dawn. Dawn quickly shifted the ball to Jade inside the area and her crisp shot sailed into the net past the diving keeper. Sim came close to gaining further reward for a hard working second half when she harried the defence, won the ball and unleashed a shot that struck the left hand post with the keeper well beaten. Despite all the possession, Owls defence had to be awake to counter the Foxes breaks, but in the second half the defence held firm with some strong performances from Megan, Grace, Amy and Martha. In the end Owls did enough to win against a fully committed Foxes side and showed some quality passing on a heavy pitch.

Player of the Day: Sim - Great all round display and scored a wonderful goal

Goals Scorers: Sim, Dawn (2), Jade

Oadby Owls 2 Cosby Girls 6 - 12th January 2014 (League)

Today’s game was played in cold weather on a heavy pitch after the recent rain, but both sides competed well with the conditions to provide an excellent competitive match. As expected, Cosby started strongly pressurising the Owls defence with plenty of attacking moves. However, the back four of Emily, Megan, Grace and Lucy formed a combative unit which more than held their own under the pressure. Megan worked tirelessly to intercept and cover attacks down the middle and Lucy battled hard to keep out the tricky Cosby winger. On the other side Emily was solid and tackled hard to prevent Cosby from progressing down that side of the pitch. When the defensive line was pierced Caitlin put her body on the line with some fine saves to deny the forwards. In fact the first goal did not come until well into the first half and came when after Caitlin had block the initial shot, the Cosby forward reacted quickest to prod home the rebound. Shortly afterwards Lucy and Megan combined to clear the ball after another goal line scramble. Despite the pressure, Owls began to get to grips with the pace of the game and fought hard in the congested midfield to gain possession. Again Martha led the way, winning ball and combined with Dawn to set Jade free for a run on goal. Owls also had some luck on the right with Anni using her pace and trickery to beat players. On one occasion Anni cut inside on player and around another but her shot from a tight angle well saved at the near post. Sim and Jade chased through balls and lost causes but were unable to get any shots away. With several subs brought into play mostly in the middle of the pitch, Sarah, and Amy gave energy to the team and worked well to breakdown Cosby attacking moves.                       

HT 0-1

In the second half Owls had the slope in their favour and came determined to take the game to Cosby and within a short time they were deservedly level. Dawn was fouled around 30 yards out on the right and Emily stepped up to take the resulting free kick. She unleashed a cracking curling shot that rattled the bar and when up into the air. Showing great anticipation Anni reacted first and headed the rebound firmly past the keeper. With confidence growing Owls had a good spell of attacking football, but unfortunately Cosby attacked quickly on the break and showed how to finish with four quick goals as Oadby pushed forward for another goal. Despite this setback Owls did not give up and attacked quickly using the pace of Anni and Dawn on the break. On one attack Dawn shrugged off her marker and shot, but the ball drifted agonisingly wide of the right post. However, Dawn was not to be denied and got on the score sheet shortly afterwards. Sim chased and harried the right back and Megan intercepted the hurried clearance, before slotting the ball into the path of Red who despite slipping and being on one knee, managed to slot the ball through to Dawn who ran through and slammed the ball into the roof of the net. Defensively Owls were stretched and Ellie on for Lucy showed her speed to cover and clear the ball with the attacker breathing down her neck. Owls pressed hard and created half chances but unfortunately not enough shots where taken when the opportunities arose. Oadby were unlucky not to get a third goal when Dawn again rushed onto a though ball from Red and attempted to round the advancing keeper but unfortunately went slight too wide to get her shot away. With the team now tiring it was not surprising that Cosby scored again before the final whistle. Overall, this was a great team performance showing fight and determination throughout the team against very strong opposition. With slightly more luck and better finishing the score would have been much closer.    

Team: Catlin, Emily, Grace, Megan, Lucy, Anni, Martha, Red, Jade, Dawn, Georgia, Sarah, Lizzie, Ellie, Amy

Player of the Day: Martha - back to her best combative and strong throughout 

Goals Scorers: Anni, Dawn

Oadby Owls 1 Ibstock United Girls 5 - 15th December 2013 (League)

Owls started the game very strongly and dominated most of the first half. Martha and Red were competitive in the middle of the park closing down and creating attacking opportunities for Jade on the right and Sim on the left. Dawn was first to test the keeper with a fierce shot from the edge of the box which was parried but no one reacted quickly enough to latch onto the rebound. Soon afterwards Emily chased the ball into the corner and played a quick cross into the area which was deflected onto the post by the defender. With confidence growing Sim, Martha, and Red put together some fantastic passing and interplay to free space for Dawn to run into and she finished with a firm shot past the keeper.  On the left Sim took on her opposite number and drifted in a quality cross that just evaded a final touch from the onrushing Anni. Ellie playing some fantastic football anticipated every clearance and played some great passes back into the attacking players. On one occasion, Ellie passed to Sim who slotted the ball onto Red. Red deftly lifted the ball over the defenders into the path of Anni but the resulting shot although hit well drifted slightly over the bar. When call on the defence looked solid with Grace and Megan strong in the middle. Lucy on for Georgia, also showed strength when beaten in one challenge she chased the player and retrieved the ball before beating another and sending a pass down the line to play Emily in on goal. Unfortunately, Ibstock showed how dangerous they were on the break when some slack defending allowed an equaliser just before halftime.      

HT 1-1

The inability to turn possession into goals came back to haunt Owls in the second half as Ibstock with a strong wind behind them scored three quick goals as Owls defence failed to deal with the attacking pressure. Once behind Owls continued to press for further goals creating several chances. On one such attack Red played a fine through ball to Jade who raced past the defender to drag the ball back into the path of Dawn who unfortunately blasted wide with the goal at her mercy. Emily received a great pass from Anni and was only denied by a fine save. Dawn then blasted another attempt over the bar. But the best chance fell to Anni who could not get the ball past the determined keeper on the near post. Not surprisingly with so much effort devoted to trying to get back on terms spaces were left at the back and Ibstock score another goal before the end. Overall, a disappointing result but with better finishing and a tighter defence the result could have been very different.         

Team: Caitlin, Ellie, Georgia, Megan, Grace, Lucy, Emily, Jade, Anni, Martha, Red, Sim, Lizzie, Dawn  

Player of the Day: Ellie - fantastic anticipation, quality defending throughout and also set up many attacks with her excellent passing 

Goals Scorers: Dawn

Quorn Juniors 1 Oadby Owls 5 - 1st December 2013 (League)

The day started frosty and cold but warmed up as the entertainment started. Owls were fresh from their best performance of the year two weeks previous when they won the County Cup semi final. However, like the temperature it took nearly half the game before Owls warmed up enough to play in a similar way to the last game. During the first half Owls were dragged into a midfield battle with the ball ricocheting around like a pinball in the crowded centre of the pitch. When the busy Megan, Red and Martha managed to get control of the ball, play was switched to the wings where the lively Sim and Jade found space to exploit. Red was first to show the range of her passing bringing Dawn into the play with an accurate through ball which she drove into the box before finishing strongly. Despite going one up Quorn looked to battle hard in the middle of the pitch and hit quickly on the break. Only the alert quick thinking of Caitlin stopped Quorn from scoring on several occasions but her tackle on the edge of the box was extremely brave and well timed. Indeed, if Quorn had been able to finish better Owls would not have kept their lead. Looking decidedly better on the attack than defensive, Owls had several chances to extend their lead, but were denied by some good goalkeeping. Eventually, the second goal came when Red displayed a wonderful piece of skill swivelling to connect with a corner from Megan delivered to the edge of the 6 yard box and volley the ball into the roof of the net. Not long after Red tried to repeat the feat but this time did not make such a good connection and the ball went harmlessly wide. Sim too had chances to extend the lead but her shot were well saved. 

HT 0-2

In the second half Owls began to play better football, with Megan and Red passing the ball well Shortly after the interval the ball dropped at Dawn’s feet from Megan’s perfectly delivered corner and she calmly slotted the ball home from 3 yards out. Quorn continued to hit on the break and on one occasion the defence were left behind as Quorn scored a deserved goal. Amy and Grace had to be at their determined best to intercept through balls and be solid in the tackles to prevent further Quorn attacking moves. From one such attack, Grace was strong in the tackle winning the ball which fell nicely to Martha. Martha looked up and threaded a fine pass out to Jade on the left wing. Jade then played a pinpoint pass inside to Megan who stepped inside her marker before unleashing a quality shot into the top corner of the net. Sim was a constant threat down the right in the second half and was unlucky not to get on the score sheet today, linked well with Dawn and Red to create several attacking chances. When Owls were able to win the ball the crowd were treated to some quick passing and neat interchanges between Jade, Dawn, Sim, Red and Megan which eventually brought another goal for Jade who cut inside from the left and planted the ball past the keepers’ dive. Ellie also looked like she wanted to score today getting into attacking positions and even trying her hand with a pot shot from 30 yards which unfortunately drifted past the left post. Defensively, Ellie and Georgia were strong especially in the second half clearing danger. Indeed, Georgia showed great fitness racing back in the last minute to clear the ball away from the penalty area. Overall, a much improved second half display against a game and hard-working Quorn side, with better passing and more effort shown by the whole team.

Team: Caitlin, Georgia, Amy, Grace, Ellie, Jade, Megan, Red, Martha, Sim, Dawn     

Player of the Day: Worked hard all game in defense and in attack showed great strength and determination, was unlucky not to score       

Goals Scorers: Dawn (2), Red, Megan, Jade

Oadby Owls 5 Syston Town Wasps 0 - 17th November 2013 (County Cup Semi Final)

The cup draw had been kind to Owls this year avoiding Cosby. As the recent League encounter had delivered a close, highly entertaining and even match between these teams, today’s contest promised to be a tight affair. Indeed, Owls got off to their traditional slow start and for the first 5 minutes Syston made the running playing their dangerous right winger in to stretch the Owls defence. Oadby’s defensive line where in outstanding form with Grace and Megan providing a solid pairing in the middle and Lucy keeping the winger in check. Offensively, Owls needed a spark and today it was provided by Red who put in a fantastic first half display to win virtually every ball in midfield and showed a wonderful range of passing to create attacking moves. As Owls grew in confidence, Martha showed her battling qualities to dominate the midfield area and open up the field for attacks on both flanks. With such dominance it was not surprising that Owls took the lead, although the way that the goal came was slightly fortunate. A through ball from Red was blocked by a hand and when Martha was volunteered to take the kick she struck a hard shot onto the post which the cannoned back onto the keeper’s head and into the net. After the goal Syston nearly got on the score sheet following a quick counterattack when the ball hit the bar and the vigilant Caitlin caught the rebound. If the first goal had been fortunate the second was pure class as Red brought down a lofted pass on the edge of the area and cleverly chipped the advancing keeper. A third was to follow shortly after as the ever impressive Dawn was not to be denied finishing with a firm shot into the right corner of the net. As the confidence flowed throughout the team Georgia showed her skill by racing past the opposition defender putting in a wonderful cross that was cut out before it reached the attackers. On the opposite side of the pitch, Sim provided the attacking threat beating players and delivering quality crosses in an energetic display. It was therefore fitting that Sim scored the best team goal of the game. Red had played an inch perfect pass out the right which was complemented with an inviting driven cross, which Sim applied a suitable left foot touch to deflect past the keepers’ despairing dive.            

HT 4-0

As the home crowd basked in the first have performance and the coaching staff had the easiest of team talks this year, Owls were sent out for the second half to continue the crowd pleasing football of the first half. Syston however, were not going out without a fight and they started the half with renewed vigour. Syston’s attacking pressure was met with a determined defence superbly marshalled by the highly impressive Megan who covered cleared and intercepted everything that came in her direction. Grace also showed her best form having the wonderful anticipation to intercept the ball on many occasions, which in turn gave her the time to show off her range of passing. Amy and Georgia shared the rightsided defending tackling well and distributing the ball well. Lucy too had to be alert rapidly chasing and tackling hard to stop the attacking play. On the odd occasion that anything got past the defence line, Caitlin was in fine form to race and clear or safely collect the through balls. Offensively, Owls broke well on the counter, with attacks often started by high quality passing from Megan or Grace to play in Sim on the left or Georgia on the right. Another hand-ball shout was upheld by the ref, but unfortunately Martha’s aim was not as true and the ball sailed past the left post. Not long afterwards Owls added to their tally as Dawn finished off another fine passing move. As Owls dominance continued only the Syston keeper kept the score down with some fine saves from Sim, Dawn and Martha, which came at the end of sweeping passing moves. Today’s game was a delight to watch as the girls put in one of the best displays ever; full of determination, skilful passing and though to dominate the match and qualify for the County Cup final. Well done girls and you made it easy for us not to say anything negative as today’s display was only full of positives. As such the player of the day awards goes to the whole team for an exceptional team performance and congratulations for reaching the final.

Player of the Day: Everyone - fantastic team performance and a joy to watch 

Goals Scorers: Martha, Red, Dawn (2), Sim

Oadby Owls 2 Cosby Vixens 1 - 10th November 2013 (League)

As Oadby kicked off the game playing into the sun for the first half, most of the team look lethargic and were second to the ball far too often. Vixens too advantage of this indecision and settled into a pressing game with some good movement, which was mostly dealt with by Grace, Amy, Ellie and the impressive Georgia. However, the early pressure led to a Vixens goal as a long ball evaded the defenders and although it was difficult to see if the ball had crossed the line the goal was awarded. Falling behind so early shocked Oadby into life and the midfield of Jade, Sim, Megan, Red and Martha snapped into the challenges to win ball. Once possession had been won, Megan and Red were able to play in others with some quality passing moves. Jade used her pace to drive at the full back on the right and similarly Sim battled hard down the left to create chances. Indeed, Owls equaliser was rather fortunate as after good pressure by Jade on the right won a corner, Megan’s in-swinger deflected off the keepers’ legs and into the net. Shortly afterwards Sim was unlucky not to get on the score sheet as her touch sent the ball just over the bar after another quality delivery from Megan. Now Owls had their best spell of the game dominating possession and creating plenty of good passing moves only to be crowed out by a determined Vixens defence. Another trademark show of strength enabled Dawn to burst through on the edge of the box and finish well to the keepers’ left to give Owls the lead. Although Oadby pushed for another Vixens defended in depth to deny Owls clear shooting opportunities.          

HT 2-1

In the second half Owls again played some good football with Sim causing many problems on the left, but unfortunately Oadby were unable to convert any chances. Indeed, it was Vixens who had the better of the play as the game continued, pressing hard for an equaliser and they came close on two occasions hitting the post and forcing Caitlin into a fine one handed save. Similarly to last week Owls attacked well on the break playing Dawn into space but her shot was well saved by the Vixens keeper. Megan dropped into the defensive midfield role to help out the hard working Grace, who was back to her best this week clearing any danger decisively. Grace was ably helped by the impressive Ellie and hard working Georgia and Amy, which with a solid team effort managed to keep Vixens out and clinch the victory.      

Team: Caitlin, Ellie, Amy, Grace, Georgia, Jade, Martha, Megan, Red, Sim, Dawn

Player of the Day: Georgia - Outstanding defensive performance full of strength and thought, often starting counterattacks with good passes  

Goals Scorers: Megan, Dawn

Bedworth Gems 0 Oadby Owls 2 - 3rd November 2013 (League)

A dry but windy day for a return to league action and following the disappointment of the County Cup defeat, a good performance was needed to get the season back on track. Owls kicked off the game into the wind and had to withstand early pressure from Gems who were pushing for a goal. Defensively Owls were again strong with Emily, Ruby and Lucy working constantly to deny the opposition attacks. Again Charlie was back to her dominating best mopping up anything that got past the defenders. In midfield, Sarah, Parris, Anni and Cassandra battled hard to compete and create chances. Lizzie was lively chasing everything, creating chances with her pace and determination. A tight game ended in stalemate at halftime.

HT 0-0

With the wind at their backs Owls came out strongly and were soon ahead as Anni applied the finishing touch to an entertaining passing move. Although Gems fought back well they were kept a bay though a great deal of effort and fantastic team defensive display. The performance was capped by a spectacular goal from Emily, who collected a through ball in defence before beating two players and unleashed a powerful shot from just inside her own half, which driven on by the wind arced over the keeper into the top of the net. Although stretched by an energetic and physical team Owls held on to clinch a well deserved three points.  

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

Player of the Day: Lucy- outstanding defensive performance; showed great determination and strength throughout against feisty opponents

Goals Scorers: Anni, Emily

Oadby & Wigston 4 Oadby Owls 6 - 3rd November 2013 (League)

Owls started the game slowly but looked assured with the defence of Ellie, Amy, Grace and Georgia forming a solid unit, helped ably by Martha and Red anchoring the midfield. After some initial midfield skirmishes, Martha and Megan began to get the upper hand, controlling the ball and bringing in others to develop some attacking play. Jade looked lively down the right racing onto a through ball from Red, but was crowded out before getting a cross away. Dawn continues to grow in to the striking role and had a wonderful first half chasing lost causes and pressurising the opposition into mistakes. For her first goal, Dawn latched onto a pin point pass from Red, bursting into the right of the area before unleashing a perfect shot that sailed into the right hand corner of the net. Shortly afterwards Georgia put in a cleaver tackle to win the ball, but slightly over hit her pass with the wind taking it out of Jades reach. Oadby and Wigston looked lively on the break and their wingers keep Ellie and Georgia busy throughout the first half. When the opposition did breach the first line of defence Amy and Grace showed their pace and quickly cut out the attacking threats. As the strength of the wind increased Caitlin was able to get prolific distances on her goal kicks and on one occasion Dawn collected the ball and again finished well from a tight angle on the right. At this time Owls were playing their best football, with Megan, Red and Martha threading quality passes through to the forward players. Sim also became more involved finding space to exploit down the left, and it was her great anticipation to close down and challenge a defender in the box that enabled Megan to apply a measured finish for the third goal. Martha was next to show her skills trapping a clearance first time, which then gave her the time to look up and provide a perfect pass to Dawn who again smashed the ball into the net. A similar move lead to the next goal, but this time it was Red that found time to control the ball and float a pass into the path of Dawn, who again supplied the perfect finish.    

HT 5-0

Following such a good first half the supporters expected an easy second half, but all credit to Oadby and Wigston, who with the wind at their backs chased everything and put the Owls defence under great pressure. Within 10 minutes Owls had conceded two sloppy goals as the defence seemed unable to clear the ball into the face of the strong wind. Thankfully Dawn was not finished scoring for the day and broke free from halfway to close in on goal and finish calmly. Owls were restricted to defending and attacking on the break. Despite not feeling well, Jade made several energetic breaks down the right, but was unlucky not to get any clear shooting chances. Although under pressure defensively Owls attacking play was good to watch with Dawn, Jade, Martha, Megan and Sim interacting well with speed to work chances. On one occasion Dawn raced free only to be denied by the advancing keeper. Shortly after the ball rebounded off Red but was stopped on the line by the retreating keeper. As it seemed Owls would not score again Oadby & Wigston scored twice more to set up a tense finale. However, with Megan and Martha working hard in the middle of the pitch and Grace and Amy standing firm, more control was brought to play and Owls looked more like the team from the first half. Near the end Sim nearly capped a fine display by nearly scoring, headed the ball just over the bar from a corner. Overall this was a great first half performance which was nearly undone due to too many defensive mix-ups in the second half. However, considering half the team were not 100% fit they did well to hang on for the win against a determined opposition.

Team: Team:Caitlyn, Ellie, Amy, Grace, Georgia, Jade, Martha, Megan, Red, Sim, Dawn

Player of the Day: Jade- wonderful display of counterattacking football and energy despite clearly not being 100% fit

Goals Scorers: Dawn (5), Megan

Kirby Muxloe 4 Oadby Owls 7 - 13th October 2013 (County Cup)

As the rain and wind did their best to dampen the spirits it appeared that Oadby had stayed in bed as they started so slowly. Kirby opened the scoring within the first five minutes as a through ball was not dealt with and the striker finished well. Even going behind so early did little to raise the urgency and shortly after Kirby hit the bar with another effort. Luckily, Red, playing her best game in Oadby colours so far, managed to get hold of the ball and with Martha’s help Owls began to compete. An inch perfect pass from Red played Dawn in, and after a burst of speed, Dawn was free to shot and score. The game now swung backward and forwards, with both sides making chances but either unable to finish, or thwarted by good saves from both keepers. Georgie showing very impressive form chased and intercepted everything on the right. Lucy battled hard through most of the game to keep the dangerous right winger out. In midfield, Martha showed her class fighting hard to win the ball and bring others into the play. On several occasions Dawn was free on goal but unfortunately her aim was array. Martha also hit the side netting from an acute angle after working a shooting chance down the right, but it was Kirby who again broke free and scored. Owls raised their game and worked Dawn free on goal again and this time she cleverly slotted the ball home low in the right corner.           

HT 2 - 2

The second half followed a similar pattern to the first with Kirby showing the greater effort and Owls had to fight hard to gain possession. Jade started to find space down the right, and beat her opposite number with pace, she cut into the edge of the box before blasting a right foot shot into the top of the left corner of the net. Not long after she almost repeated the feat but her measured shot was well saved by the keeper. Unfortunately, the lead was short lived as Kirby struck back with a good finish, and not long after that went ahead with another quality strike after the defence failed to clear the ball. With Sim breaking on the left, Owls looked dangerous on the counter, and soon Dawn was free again to put level the game. Although most of the game began to get bogged down in a midfield battle both sides managed to show pace on the break. Sim took advantage of a good pass from Martha before skipping past the defender to send a strong shot into the top left corner. Georgia playing in behind the striker, picked up a loose clearance, and drove forward into the area, before calmly finishing past the keepers left for her first Owls goal. With a two goal lead for the first time in the game Owls started to play some good football and with Georgie switched to the left the defence looked more solid. Jayma, also looked strong on her debut at right back tackling hard to keep the Kirby forwards out. Amy and Grace battled hard throughout against Kirby’s pacey forward line. There was just enough time for Dawn to grab a final goal as after being incapacitated when a firmly struck clearance hit her middle, suddenly leapt to her feet after seeing the ball land next to her and slotted home from 8 yards. Overall, not a great defensive display but a very entertaining game and well done to Kirby who played very well.         

Team:Caitlyn, Georgie, Amy, Grace, Lucy, Jade, Martha, Red, Sim, Dawn, Georgia, Jayma

Player of the Day: Dawn- Great display of forward play showing willing to chase throughout and strength to work shooting chances 

Goals Scorers: Dawn (4), Sim, Jade, Georgia

Oadby Owls 2 Syston Town Wasps 1 - 6th October 2013 (League)

Owls’ unbeaten record was bound to be tested today against a quickly improving Syston team that play good passing football. Playing down the slope in the first half Oadby settled quickly finally getting to grips with their new formation, looking compact and passing the ball well. In midfield Red, Megan and Martha showed great strength and won plenty of ball. Making the most of their possession Owls strung together some quality passing moves playing Dawn in on goal, but the finish was unfortunately off target. Despite Owls dominance Syston are a resilient team holding firm defensively and are dangerous on the break. Georgie, looking very much at home in her right back slot had to be very combative and quick to counter the Syston attacks on the right, and with Ellie similarly as effective on the left, Oadby managed to contain the Wasps breaks. As usual Sim was her lively self, exploiting the space down the left touchline to create attacking moves, which combined with support from Martha, Megan and Dawn led to neat inter-passing around the edge of the box to work shooting opportunities. Unfortunately, Megan’s aim was slightly off and her shot drifted past the right hand post. With pressure mounting it was not long before the first goal came. Megan won the ball in midfield and passed to Martha who showed strength to break two tackles before hammering home her shot into the roof of the net. In spite of taking the lead Owls had some nervous moments in defence with a couple of last ditch clearances needed by Caitlin and Amy to preserve the slender advantage. Georgia, on for Jade on the right tackled well and ran energetically to intercept passes.  Shortly before half time, Owls extended their advantage following a corner when the ball was not cleared well and fell to Red on the right of the penalty area. Calmly Red struck a perfectly placed right foot shot that sailed low into the left corner of the net, for her first goal for Oadby.               

HT 2 – 0

In the second half Syston came out with renewed vigor and their increased efforts put Owls on the back foot for most of the half. The Oadby defence was kept very busy but the brave Amy and Grace managed to prevent Syston scoring. Even so Wasps did grab a goal back which set up a tense last half hour. Caitlin had to be on her best form displaying amazing agility to deny Syston an equaliser, and when she was beaten luckily the crossbar came to her rescue. Lucy came on for the last 20 minutes with the task of keeping the dangerous right winger under wraps. Although the battle swayed to either side, memorably Lucy showed her fantastic ability to time a tackle, nipping the ball away from the onrushing attacker, who ran past wondering where the ball had gone. Even under the considerable pressure the defence stood firm with Amy and Georgie outstanding, sterling work was also put in by Jade and Megan to shore up the middle of the pitch. Owls’ attacks were mainly limited to longer passes seeking out Dawn who tried tirelessly to take on the whole opposition defence, often working shooting chances. Red who had moved the right managed to take some of the pressure off by running at the fullback but her shot was not up to her earlier effort. On the opposite wing Sim received the ball on ran in on goal unleashing a left foot shot that arced over the advancing keeper but disappointingly the linesman had already raised the flag. The combination of a bit of luck, hard work and effort was just enough to see Owls through to the final whistle, but this was a very good team performance against a quality and fast improving team.          

Team: Caitlin, Ellie, Grace, Amy, Georgia, Sim, Megan, Martha, Red, Jade, Dawn, Georgie

Jade, Lucy

Player of the Day: Geogie- Fantastic defending and increasingly assured in her role as rightback 

Goals Scorers: Martha and Red

Oadby Owls 5 Oadby & Wigston United 1 - 29th September 2013 (League)

Owls looked to extend their promising start to the season against a tough United team that fought hard throughout the game. Despite having the wind at their back in the first half, Owls took their time to settle, getting sucked into a midfield tussle with neither side able to gain the ascendency. United had some early attacks but Owls defence of Amy, Grace, Ellie and Georgia showed strength and determination to keep the opposition out. Anything that did get through was dealt with by the sure hands of Caitlin. Eventually, Owls started to control the ball, and with Megan and Martha looking more imposing, Owls were able to get the energetic Jade into the game. Jade’s running on the right put United’s defence under great pressure, which combined with Dawn’s strength and determination to win the ball began to turn the game Owls way. After one break Jade’s cross was not cleared and fell to Martha who blasted the ball into the roof of the net from the edge of the box. Once they had scored Owls relaxed and played some great football with Jade, Megan and Dawn keeping the ball using skilful interplay to set up attacks. The hard work paid off when some quality passing set Jade free to slot home from close range. Chances were coming fast now and even Georgia looked to get on the score sheet cleverly intercepting a clearance from a corner before unleashing a right foot shot that unfortunately was off target. There was still time before the end of the half for Martha to claim a second driving the ball home after a scramble in the penalty area. The only disappointment was that after a bright performance Owls lost Georgie to injury shortly before half time as she was unable to continue after falling heavily on her arm.       

HT 3 – 0

In the second half United, to their credit had never given up the game, put Owls defence under a great deal of pressure with a series of long balls which were more difficult to clear with the wind now again the defenders. Despite these problems Grace and Amy held their ground chasing and clearing when called on. Ellie also played well showing great strength against a much bigger opponent and was rarely trouble all day. Not surprisingly when under such pressure United deservedly got onto the score sheet as a long bouncing ball was not cleared and the striker lobbed the advancing Caitlin. At this stage Owls seem to lack energy but with some encouragement from the supporters they managed to summon up the reserved needed to get back into the game, and the back four held firm with Amy in particular playing well. Sim started to get plenty of space on the left and was fed by some intelligent passing from Red, Megan and Martha. With her confidence growing Sim began to beat to fullback and work openings to shoot. Although her first effort was saved, Sim made no mistake as the second chance came, calmly slotting home after working a good opening on the left. Once Dawn was back to her more favoured right wing slot she showed great pace and power to continually trouble the left back, producing crosses or working shooting opportunities. Following one of these powerful runs she unleashed a trademark pile-driver that flew past United’s keeper and into the left corner of the net. Overall a workmanlike performance with room for improvement and all credit to United who continued to make the game competitive throughout.   

Team Caitlin, Ellie, Grace, Amy, Georgia, Sim, Megan, Martha, Red, Jade, Dawn, Georgie

Player of the Day: Jade- Excellent performance full of energy and thought

Goals Scorers: Martha (2), Jade (1), Sim (1), Dawn (1)

Rugby Town 3 Oadby Owls 3  15th September 2013 League

 

After a difficult period over the summer break it was fantastic to see Oadby Owls u15 finally start their league season. Today’s match was always going to be a tough encounter with a Rugby team that had won their first two games. Sporting a much changed line-up from last season, and a warm welcome to our 5 new players, Owls started brightly making light of the fact that this was the first time that the team had played together. The midfield of Sim, Martha, Red and Jade snapped into tackles against a highly competitive opposition, winning possession and setting Emily and Dawn free to attack the defence. Dawn used her strength well to muscle her way through to rifle a shot towards the goal, but unfortunately her aim was slightly off. Emily showed her skill skipping through the midfield until she was halted on the edge of the box by several defenders. Sim looked lively throughout the half running cleverly at the defence and linking well with Red and Ellie on the left to create a series of attacking moves. Shortly after Dawn was free on goal for a second time, but again unluckily was off target. Defensively, the back four of Ellie, Grace, Megan and Georgia looked solid, and with Martha and Red sitting in front, Rugby where restricted to few attacks. Red’s passing was good and her vision brought others into the game. It was therefore surprising and against the run of play that Rugby broke down the centre, following a long ball and the striker finished calmly. Despite Oadby battling back into the game, Rugby continued to press and with the strong wind at their backs hit Owls on the break again to go 2 up. At this stage Rugby were on top and Owls defence although rattled held firm with Lucy clearing one ball off the line. Not long after the combination of Megan and Lucy frantically scrambled the ball away from goal a second time. Rugby also tried their luck with plenty of long balls and shots from distance that were easily dealt with by the sure hands of Caitlyn in the Oadby goal. Although rocked Owls refused to give up and battled back into the game. Annie, on for Jade on the right, made her presence felt by harrying the full back. On one occasion Annie won the ball and broke free into the area to place a clever shot past the keeper. The team buoyed by this goal, raised their game and fought hard to produce an equaliser just before half time. Annie again was the scorer, ramming home a rebound after the keeper had saved the initial shot.       

 

HT 2- 2

With the wind at their backs Owls started the second half strongly with bright attacking moves down both flanks, with Sim and Jade looking lively. In midfield Martha, put in her usual brave and solid performance, even found time to get forward and strike a shot that sailed agonising over the bar. Sim also found space on the left but her shot was well saved by the advancing keeper. Defensively, Megan and Grace worked hard together to keep the Rugby offence out, with help from Ellie on the left. Amy too worked hard on the right intercepting balls and passing cleverly to Annie to continue the Owls attacks. From one of these moves Annie outpaced the defenders and smashed a right foot shot past the keeper into the left corner of the net. Defensively, Lucy continued to out muscle the opposition and clear the ball from danger. In midfield another of our new starters, Georgie, showed great determination, continually harrying the Rugby players, often winning the ball.  Just when Owls looked like they may come out on top injury meant that both central midfielders had to come off, which disrupted the defence as Megan and then Grace were pushed forward to fill the gap. Still in the last 15 minutes Dawn, now much happier on the right showed her best football of the game brushing players off the ball to open up a shooting opportunity that rattled the bar. Unfortunately, Owls looked tired in the last 10 minutes which allowed Rugby back into the game which resulted in another goal. Overall, a great result considering that this team are yet to gel, but the display was full of promise and energy which hopefully bodes well for the rest of the season.

Player of the Day: Caitlyn produced a commanding performance under difficult windy conditions

Goals Scorers: Annie (3)

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