Girls Year 5/6 Football Friday 9th February
The girls had their second football fixture against King Edward Primary school and what a game it was! The match had originally been organised just before Christmas, however it was cancelled due to the weather! This time the weather was much better, although it was very windy!
We had a couple of debuts today and they were Evie and Millie-Ann, who slotted into the team very well and had an excellent performance!
The girls had learned from their mistakes from their first fixture and as soon as the whistle blew to start the game they piled on the pressure and won the ball immediately from their opposition who started with the kick off. Louise intercepted the ball and ran at goal and found herself one on one with the keeper and she calmly slotted it into the back of the net! 1-0 to Berry Hill.
For the next 5 minutes the game was even. Berry Hill created some chances and so did King Edward but Amelia and Aimee were determined at the back to limit these. Mia again was fantastic in goal with some huge goal kicks to realise the pressure off the defence.
King Edward hit a long ball forward and unfortunately it hit a Berry Hill hand in the penalty box, which resulted in a penalty. The penalty was a fantastic strike, hitting the post and going into the net. 1-1.
King Edward gathered momentum and shortly after scored another goal. The Berry Hill girls did not give up and encouraged each other to keep going. The midfield, Isla, Chloe and Lexie worked super hard to keep running up and down the pitch to support the striker and defenders. Eventually, they managed to clear a great ball to Louise down the wing who cut inside and shot at goal from distance and scored!
Berry Hill now had the momentum and shortly after Louise got her hat-trick with another super strike from distance! Half time 3-2.
The girls came in for the half time team talk and they were ecstatic that they were leading! However, Mrs Gascoigne and Mr Wright had to remind them that there was still another half to go and they had to keep focused! The girls controlled their excitement and went out for the second half.
Then next 10 minutes was very tense as it was very even. Mia was tested but she kept the ball clear of her net! Lexie, Mille-Ann and Evie were putting in some big tackles to prevent King Edward attacking. However, the pressure became too much and King Edward got their equaliser. 3-3 with 10 minutes to go. King Edward celebrated and encourage each other to go for the win.
Mrs Gascoigne did an amazing job with the substitutions to keep players fresh and informed the girls of the tactics. Tactical genius, as Millie came on to run her socks off to win the ball in defence to clear the ball to Louise who ran at goal. She chipped the ball up and hit a King Edward hand in the penalty box…PENALTY! The girls gave the responsibility to Louise, who stepped up and scored her 4th and put Berry Hill in front. 4-3 with 5 minutes to go.
King Edward did not give up and they came straight back at Berry Hill. However, again Aimee and Millie cleared and Berry Hill countered. However, most of the Berry Hill players pushed forward leaving Amelia at the back on her own and King Edward cleared to leave their striker one on one with Amelia, who was magnificent and made a very important tackle to keep them out.
King Edward won a free kick and it was to be the last kick of the game. They shot… and it went over the bar. The final whistle went and the girls shook hands. What a fantastic game.
We came in for a team talk at the end, although it was more of a victory dance. The girls were covered in mud, bumps and scrapes but the girls had huge smiles which was brilliant to see. The girls ran to their parents and carers to celebrate with them afterwards.
King Edward were great opponents and great hosts, so thank you. Another thank you to the parents and carers for coming and supporting the team. A big well done to the girls too.
Result: King Edward 3 – 4 Berry Hill
Women of the Match: Louise
Monday 20th November 2017
Year 5/6 Girls Football – Friendly
Today was a very exciting day, because it was time for the Berry Hill year 5/6 girls to play their friendly match against Samuel Barlow Primary Academy. The girls had been excited about a fixture for weeks and they finally had one!
Their excitement showed throughout the whole match as the girls did not stop smiling all the way through the game! This was most of the girls’ first ever football match so what an experience.
The game kicked off and unfortunately the home team ran at goal and scored! It was a shock to the Berry Hill girls. However, they were ready the second time and battled hard. The girls worked hard to stay in position which was really important. Amelia was tight to her marker and made some amazing blocks throughout the game, preventing goals for sure!
Samuel Barlow managed to score a couple more goals in the first half, however, towards the end of the half we started to put on the pressure. Chloe started to win the ball in midfield and pass to Louise. Louise showed her experience by knocking the ball past defenders. She shot on the edge of goal with great power and accuracy, but the goalkeeper managed to get a strong hand to it.
Samuel Barlow came back to attack and had a powerful shot of their own, but Mia pulled out an amazing save. It was that good that the home team and the Berry Hill girls all stopped to applaud her! But the ball was still in play!! Rightly so though, that deserved massive praise.
Half time – 3-0. The girls came in for a team talk and they all had smiles and shared some laughter about the events of the 1st half.
They came out to the second half with more fight and every one of them put in tackles. Isla J was consistently running up and down the left wing to help support the attackers and then support the defenders. On the right wing we had Aimee who was just as hardworking. She was up against an experienced opponent but she made it very difficult for her. To add to this, we had Lexi who made some crucial tackles and blocks in our area to prevent the opposition’s strikers.
Berry Hill was on the attack. Isla P won the ball in midfield and played a superb pass for the strikers, Millie and Louise, who passed it well between them to leave Louise with another chance on goal but unfortunately we could not convert.
Millie was playing as a striker but she showed us how hardworking she was because she was helping out in most areas of the pitch. It was fantastic.
Samuel Barlow managed to get another 2 goals, however in the second half we gained more chances on their goal and we reduced theirs.
At the end of the game we decided to have a penalty shootout. Amelia and Mia managed to score against their exceptional goalkeeper.
What a game! What an experience, everyone really enjoyed it. Their manager said that we have great potential and all we need is more game practise. So, I had better get on the phone to arrange some more! They are looking forward to playing us again.
Well done girls!
Result: 5 – 0 Samuel Barlow