Heaton Mersey 15-6 Stockport
Stockport had a number of players unavailable for various reasons, illness, injury, work etc. They had a squad of 11 on the day and Heaton Mersey kindly agreed to play 10-a-side, even though they had brought enough to play 12 with subs. Due to the weather, the pitch was a bit slippy in places. It was very much a game of two halves for Stockport. The first half score was 6-4 to Mersey. There were some impressive and crafty goals from Mersey throughout the first half. Stockport lost a key player, Alex Anderson, to an ankle injury at the end of the first half and another key player Ellie Gosnay, their top goal-scorer, to a second yellow card during the second half. Heaton Mersey were able to pull away following these alterations to the Stockport team. Millie Johnson should be applauded for her excellent work ethic and understating of the game meaning that she could be slotted into defence when Stockport lost defenders.
Liverpool 18-4 Newcastle
Newcastle Knights faced Liverpool at home, and were able to field 12 players but courteously played 10-a-side to match the opposition. Liverpool started strong scoring within the first few minutes of the match. Newcastle then began to realise that marking tightly and putting the pressure down the field was working to their advantage as they started to win possession. Newcastle grew in confidence throughout the first half, getting defensively stronger and challenging more often when carrying the ball. Rachel Buckley scored their first goal, followed shortly by Sophie Baird. Laura Towers went on to score the final goal of the first half after winning a clear shot on goal and placing the ball into the bottom left corner. In the second half both teams’ fitness was tested. Liverpool attackers did a great job of getting past the Newcastle D-unit. Newcastle’s MVP was given to Greta Wood who showed determination and commitment to winning the ball throughout the game.
Timperley 16-4 Brooklands
The first half was very closely fought. Brooklands were very strong in their transition and were able to create numerous fast breaks for themselves. Many of their team were young but fast and worked well in the attacking unit to bring about goal scoring opportunities. Their goal scorers included Lydia Hewitt and Flora Whyte. Timperley equally gave themselves chances to score; Colleen Smith was rapid in the midfield and was able to finish her shots, keeping Timperley in a good position on the score sheet. Meghan Clothier had a great game in goal for Brooklands with some amazing saves. In the second half, Timperley started to work better together and kept the Brooklands attack at a distance while transitioning the ball effectively into their own attack. Emma Economou had a great start to the second half with a fast break to goal straight from the draw. Both Lydia Hewitt (Brooklands) and Antonia (Timperley) had great performances on the draw.
N.B. These games were played on Saturday 20th December 2014.