The Under Nine girls were excited to be playing their first triangular against Loretto and Belhaven, away at Loretto.
Cargilfield 8 Belhaven 1
We had been watching Belhaven beat Loretto and had already established that they were the better team. Belhaven beat Loretto 4:2, so we had a plan in place to mark carefully and to spread out our players and our passes. Esme, Izzy and Maddie made a formidable attacking team with very many balls being fed into our shooters. We were much better at getting closer to the post to shoot and before long Izzy scored and Esme scored four in a row. Belhaven answered with one of their own but we were ahead going into the second half. We swopped Athena into the GK position as Rowan had injured her knees in a fall. She and Tessa had been working hard to defend and Athena did likewise. The second half saw Belhaven increase their efforts and we had a tighter game. Izzy did manage to score another three however! Final score Cargilfield 8 Belhaven 1
Cargilfield 8 Loretto 1
Our second match started straight away with Cargilfield again looking the stronger team. We were not as focused however and some of our play was a bit ragged. We can pass more accurately and we must remember to pass to the girl in the best position rather than to our friend! In the first half Esme and Izzy were again shooting well and we were 4 ahead at the end of the first half. In the second half we moved around, putting Maddie in as goal shooter and swopping Rowan and Athena again. Athena intercepted well and Rowan delivered some good passes. Esme kept up the scoring pressure with three more goals and Maddie also scored. Final score Cargilfield 8 Loretto 1, the same score as the first match.
Some aspects to work on girls as discussed but some very good play especially from Esme, Maddie and Izzy. Well done, Girls!