Ashton Athletic Girls v Blackpool Girls U13
Match Report by James O'Neill - 24th Oct 2015
Ashton girls welcomed arguably the best team in the league on a wet Saturday morning. Ashton started the game well, keeping possession and causing Blackpool one or two problems early on. The Blackpool keeper making two good stops to keep Ashton at bay. Blackpool had their first effort on goal 12 mins in, which went wide of the post. On 15 minutes Ashton went deservedly 1-0 up when neat approach play ended with Teagan Bibby’s looped shot carrying over the keeper and in to the Blackpool net. Ashton was much the better side at this stage and was playing some really good stuff. Teagan and Scarlett McHugh played through the Blackpool defence with a neat one two which ended with a shot from Teagan, which the keeper did well to save. Blackpool forced a corner and it resulted in them equalizing. The corner was cleared but only to the Blackpool number 8 who fizzed a shot into the goal to make it 1-1. Ashton carried on for the rest of the half on the front foot, taking the game to Blackpool at every opportunity. Hanna Chlodek shot wide straight from the kick off after Blackpool scored, and a great mazy run from Emily Bourne ended with a last gasp tackle from the Blackpool defender to stop Emily from being in on goal. Ashton were controlling the game before half time and shots from Hanna which went wide, and Scarlett, who made the keeper again save with her outstretched leg. Ashton should have had more to show for their efforts in the first half.
The half started with a corner to Blackpool which came to nothing. Ashton then resumed control and started where they left off from the first half. Last week’s stand in keeper Xenia Jackson was now playing as a striker, and she had a good shot turned around the post by the Blackpool keeper. Ashton had numerous shots on goal from Hanna, Scarlett and Emily all of which were wide of the goal, and when Blackpool did venture forward the Ashton defence did really well in snuffing out any danger. Blackpool gave an indication of what was to come when the number 6 had a shot which looked to be in, but fortunately hit the side netting. However Blackpool went 2-1 up completely against the run of play, when a low shot from just inside the box went into the right corner of the net. This goal seemed to knock the stuffing out of the watching Ashton supporters on the side-line, but it did not affect the girls playing. They continued to give their all on the pitch and played the rest of the half searching for the equaliser. There was a real sense of belief both and off the pitch that Ashton could get a deserved equaliser. Ashton again had shots at goal which the keeper saved. With a couple of minutes left a free kick was awarded well outside the area. Darcy Bowker stepped up and hit a fierce shot that thumped in to the Blackpool net. The girls really celebrated that goal and so they should after all their efforts in the game.
FT Ashton Athletic 2 Blackpool 2
Verdict – A great display by all the team again and should really have won the game. It was an exciting game from start to finish and every member of the squad played their part. This should give the girls the belief that they can kick on from this and fear nobody. The previous Thursday night training session had a large part allocated to shooting practice. It paid off really well when Darcy stepped up to equalise, and for that, my girl of the match goes to Darcy Bowker, well done Darcy.