Gowerton vs Swansea 3rd – Captain’s Report

A good win for the ladies this week.

Swansea won the toss, which saw them take the first push back. Despite Swansea having the advantage it wasn’t long before the ladies dominated the game. Putting pressure on Swansea and securing strong tackles meant that the ladies could press forward putting pressure on the Swansea defence. After multiple attempts from Jessica Williams and Lilly Jones, the ladies were struggling to secure the first goal. This struggle wasn’t because of the incapability of scoring but as a result of Swansea flooding the D. 

Despite this the ladies were still determined to score. Constructive team work from the midfield, feeding the ball up to the forwards meant that the majority of the first half play was with the ladies attacking half. On the rare occasion, where Swansea would secure themselves a break, Gowerton defence were hot on their tails and eliminating their chances. 

As play continued, during the first half, the ladies were still unsuccessful in securing themselves a goal, keeping the half time score at 0-0.

With a constructive half time talk the ladies were ready and determined to get a goal and take the win. It was the ladies restart, which instantly put them as the more dominant team. The ladies continued to play their high standard hockey, which demonstrated fantastic pair work, switching and feeding the ball down the line. This determination and collaboration paid off as Jessica Williams secured the first goal. Spirts were high and the ladies knew they had this but still needed to work for it. 

After the restart Swansea continued to press soon to be shut down but Gowerton defence. We were off again feeding the ball through midfield up to the forwards, enabled the ladies to put pressure on the Swansea keeper resulting in Jessica Williams securing the second goal. As the play continued Swansea managed to gain more time within their attacking half which resulted in them pressing and securing a short corner. But Gowerton defence was too strong, and the ball was cleared. It was long after the threat did Jessica Williams change the score board making it 3-0.

Play continued and the ladies continued to work hard and solidly as a team. Outstanding team work in the D from Jessica Williams and Nicola Tucker, saw Nicola secure an awesome diving final goal for the ladies. 

I would just like to say how outstanding Swansea’s young Goal keeper was despite the multiple shots against her during the whole duration of the game she managed to hold most of them off, only allowing the ladies to secure 4. A keeper with a bright hockey future ahead of her.

This week’s captain’s player cannot just go to a single player as there were 3 players who stood out above the rest. Two of which were outfield players, whose confidence has grown and are really starting to shine within the team, they fought a hard game and put pressure on their opponents. Their positioning have improved massively and really made a difference on the pitch. The other Captain’s player goes to the our goalie, at the age of 14 stepping into goal for the first time to play in a ladies league, didn’t seem to faze her. The opportunities she had to save potential goals, were awesome she kept her composure and oozed confidence. For these reasons my captain’s players are Lilly Murphy, Lilly Jones and Sally Hopkins. Well done girls keep progressing and you will go far.
 

Final score Gowerton 4-0 Swansea 3rd

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