TDAS Blog: Day 8
Team England Ladies Day today….no that does not mean i will be wearing a fancy hat….
The Men have a day off as they finished top of their group and were waiting to find out who they would be playing. We knew by the end of the day that the up-coming opponents would be Finland. The day was spent by most of the men exploring Amsterdam, they left the hotel with advice of Coach Bagley ringing in the heads.
“Amsterdam is a city of choices” (coach Bagley)
So it was down to the Women to fly the flag for Team England. After playing against the Swiss the yesterday, the team knew this would be very much different test as Germany are a more experienced European team and have players who have participated in a number of Europeans and World Cups.
For once England did not score straight away, in fact the Germans were in it from the start and England started off on the Defence, however against a unit that has only conceded 7 goals in the last 3 games, the ball was soon back in an England stick. It took just over two minutes for Sophie Brett to get England going with the first goal of the day, followed by two from Lucy Lynch and Liv Wimpenny.
Germany answered back after an England Goal from Torz Anderson, who also replied with a goal. The rest of the first half was pretty much dominated by England, with Keely Watt, Laura Merrifield and Lucy Lynch controlling the midfield play, with each one getting on the score sheet. A first half finish of 12-2 was impressive, considering this should have been the hardest game of the group but was very much one way traffic.
The second half was calmer, with England using more moves before going to goal. Sophie Brett in a commanding role behind goal, Ruby Smith seeing a lot of the ball at the top of the fan. The younger players on the team were facing experienced defenders and coming off better.
The Team out-shot the Germans 42-8, proving how crafty they were in finding scoring opportunities. Once again the team had ten different players scoring in what turned out to an attacking game. One of the highlight goals included a long clear from Sally Keogh in goal, picked up by Emily Gray, who sprinted to goal with no German defenders in sight, faked the keeper before slotting it past her, into the net.
So ladies day was a success and England look like a sure bet, however there will be more testing times coming up as the group stages near an end. The dream is still on, opponents beware!
TDAS Fact: Amsterdamsche Football Club Ajax, also referred to as AFC Ajax, Ajax Amsterdam or simply Ajax (after the legendary Greek hero), is a professional football club from Amsterdam. The club is historically one of the three clubs that dominate the Dutch national football league. The club is one of the five teams that has earned the right to keep the European Cup.