Match Report
Yarm School Girls-U12A vs  U12 Invitation t'ment NE schools
On: Wednesday, 06 Dec 2017
Venue: Away

On Wednesday 6th December we took the U12As to Cundall Manor to take part in a tournament containing the best teams in the North East. We knew that the competition was going to be strong and we started the tournament with a tough fixture against Barnard Castle. We started the game as the better team, keeping them pegged back into their own half. Barnard Castle defended well however, and made it hard for us to get shots of at goal. After a good period of play we lost control of the game and Barnard Castle started to put some real pressure on our defence. We made too many mistakes at the back, not picking up players in the D, which allowed them to score twice in quick succession. Barnard Castle had chances to add to their lead but Morven Hawthorne made some great saves to keep the game 2-0.

After a loss in our first game the opposition didn't get any easier, with a fixture against St.Olaves. They hadn't lost a game all season and you could see why. They were the dominant team throughout the game, keeping possession of the ball meaning we were having to work extremely hard to keep our defensive shape. Their quality showed in the way they put passes together, one or two touch hockey, to get into our D and get shots off at goal. An impressive display by them meant we lost the game 4-0.

We then had a bit of time off to regroup and reshuffle things defensively. For the next game against Hymers we moved Miriam Akowuah into defence and it made such a difference to the team. We looked much more solid in defence meaning our creative players, in particular Emma Foster, to express themselves and have more of an influence on the game. We looked more like our usual selves- attacking on the wings and at pace. We has chances to win this game in the final minute of the game, however shots from Emma, Kayla Roberts and Lily Harte were all saved by the goalkeeper meaning the game ended 0-0.

We were straight back on with a game against Cundall. We took confidence from the previous performance and knew we would have to put in another good performance against a side we'd lost to in a friendly last month. We made life difficult for them with Miriam and Rosie Faulkner now settled into a defensive partnership. The game was very open, with both sides having good passages of play. Unfortunately, we couldn't convert our chances to take the lead and Cundall then went up the other end and tucked one away at the near post. We did have a golden opportunity to equalise right at the end but Lily put the ball agonisingly wide of the post.

We had two games off to rest and bond as a team which meant we were much more relaxed heading into our final two games. We set ourselves a target to score in our final two games and we almost did within the first two minutes of the game against RGS. The game was evenly contested throughout but we conceded the first goal thanks to an unstoppable reverse hit shot into the top left hand corner. They went 2-0 up but their player knew little about it. A well struck ball from their wide player fired across the D and hit off a RGS stick and deflected past Morven in goal. We finally got the goal we wanted thanks to a nice finish through the goalkeepers legs from Lily Harte to cut the deficit to just one goal. We worked hard to get the equaliser but they defended well in the final few minutes to hold onto their lead.

Our play in the previous 3 games deserved more than just the one draw, so we were determined to finish the tournament on a high and get the win. We faced up against Pocklington and were the dominant team throughout. Kayla and Emma were really dangerous on the ball, weaving their way past players with ease. We took the lead thanks to a great strike from Kayla at the top of the D, which flew into the bottom right hand corner. We had so many chances to extend our lead, but the final ball let us down on a number of occasions. We got the two goal cushion in the final few minutes, with a finish from Lily that we've seen so many times this season. The initial shot from Kayla was well saved by the Pocklington goalkeeper but as always Lily was following in and picked up the rebound to make the score 2-0.

A great way to end the day and it meant we came 6th overall. Emma and Morven were picked out by the organisers as the stand out performers on the day but a special mention has to go to Miriam who stepped up in her new role in defence and made such a difference to the team. Thank you girls for your fantastic efforts, after two tough defeats in our opening games, we turned it around and in the end played some great hockey that wasn't always reflected in the final score lines. Well done girls!