Hampshire U15’s first game was an enjoyable game played
in exhausting conditions.
The match against Tennessee ODP began in 30c heat to
which the referees (following the same procedure as The World Cup) provided the
girls with a drinks break after 20 minutes of play in each half.
The game commenced and both teams comfortably passed
the ball around. Hampshire dominated possession in attack, but failed to score.
Tennessee also emphasised good possession attacking down their right side. Both
teams showed signs of weariness, but the break which followed allowed time for quick
recovery. Tennessee (coming back with strength) was close to breaking down
Hampshire’s defence on several occasions but was unable to score.
Early in the second half, there was forced pressure
from the Tennessee forwards creating opportunities for their centre forward;
the first shot was saved by Kayla but unfortunately she was unable to prevent
the follow up.
The rest of the second half proved to be more equal between
the teams due to the exhausting heat; this impacted on both teams’ performance and
players encouraged passing as a way of coping with the duration. In the
moments that followed, Hampshire showcased good attacks moving down the left
which almost resulted in a goal, but this opportunity was also a miss.
Overall, Hampshire FA Girls' Centre of Excellence
played good, flowing football and played well as a team despite the fact
the girls had never played together before. The game was friendly and fair;
both teams showed respect to the other and emphasised the positive ethos of football.
At the end of the game, shirts were exchanged between the teams, again emphasising
their continued respect.
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